J.R. O'Neal Botanic Gardens

Photo Credit: © Roger Wollstadt CC BY

Named for the first known conservationist in the British Islands, the J.R. O'Neal Botanical Garden was established in 1986. A bit of nature amidst one of the most developed parts of Road Town, this spot is a welcome place of seclusion and serenity that honors the natural side of the islands.

As you enter the J.R. O'Neal Botanic Gardens you walk through a row a royal palms to a beautiful fountain. From there you can take several paths and view the flourishing fauna throughout the 4.5 acre property.

Guests who tour the J.R. O'Neal Botanical Gardens get a chance to view a few different natural environments that exist throughout the islands. Exhibits include coastal environments, the rainforest, and dry forest. A pond where lilies float is one of the most relaxing spots on site, and there is also a gazebo of orchids.


J.R. O'Neal Botanic Gardens is situated in Road Town, 0.5 mi. northwest of downtown Road Town.

Nearby Restaurants

If the time you spend visiting the botanical gardens leaves your stomach stomach growling, don't fret -- you'll discover numerous choices of local dining spots in this area. The most proximate restaurant to J.R. O'Neal Botanic Gardens is Happy Lion Restaurant, a great location to dine at before checking out the botanical gardens. It is only about about a hundred yards away from these botanical gardens, so stop by and eat up! Le Grand Cafe and Rita's Restaurant are some of the other nearby lunch and dinner possibilities. At Rita's Restaurant you and your group can eat some American food and enjoy the culture of the Virgin Islands.

Nearby Attractions

Other kinds of nearby attractions include Parkfields Recreation Grounds, which is a couple hundred yards away Road Town. Also, you might consider visiting Up's Cineplex, which is another attraction in the area.

There are options for close-by activities so you won't run out of ways to stay busy. The closest attractions are listed in the following table.

Attractions Near J.R. O'Neal Botanic Gardens
Attraction Type Distance Direction Location Island
Parkfields Recreation Grounds -- 0.1 mi. (0.7 km) SE Road Town Tortola
Up's Cineplex Other Activities/Excursions 0.1 mi. (0.7 km) S Road Town Tortola
1780 Lower Estate Sugar Works Museum Museum 0.2 mi. (0.7 km) E Road Town Tortola
Sunday Morning Well Historic Site 0.2 mi. (0.7 km) S Road Town Tortola
Festival Grounds -- 0.2 mi. (0.5 km) SE Road Town Tortola
Old Recreation Ground -- 0.2 mi. (0.8 km) SW Road Town Tortola
Britannic Hall Historic Site -- -- Downtown Road Town Tortola
Sir Oliva Georges Plaza Historic Site -- -- Downtown Road Town Tortola

More Information


The cost to explore the gardens is $3(USD) per person.

Location: Station Avenue, Road Town, Tortola


(809) 494-4557

(284) 852-3650




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