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.


Located 0.5 mi. northwest of downtown Road Town, J.R. O'Neal Botanic Gardens welcomes residents and guests who are rooming in or near this town. Whether or not you're staying in the vicinity, you should think about stopping by to check out the sights.

Nearby Restaurants

If you work up an appetite while visiting the gardens, you're going to be in luck -- you'll find numerous choices of dining options in this area. The nearest place to eat to J.R. O'Neal Botanic Gardens is Happy Lion Restaurant, an ideal locale to dine at on your way to spending some time at these gardens. Happy Lion Restaurant is a slight distance off, but out of the way enough that you might want to make arrangements for having some method of transport to get there. Also nearby, you and your companions will come across options such as Le Grand Cafe and Rita's Restaurant where you and your party should test out American meals and experience the Virgin Islands culture.

Nearby Attractions

Other local attractions include Parkfields Recreation Grounds, which is a couple hundred yards away Road Town. Furthermore, you can think about visiting Up's Cineplex, which is another attraction close by.

Gardens are a great attraction to visit, but there's even more to see during your stay. The following chart includes some other attractions closest to J.R. O'Neal Botanic Gardens.

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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