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.


Situated 0.5 mi. northwest of downtown Road Town, J.R. O'Neal Botanic Gardens welcomes residents and travelers who are lodging in or near this town. But even if you aren't staying in the vicinity, you are free to drop by for some fun in the sun.

Nearby Restaurants

Of course, one of the most enjoyable options while spending an afternoon exploring the area could be having a dish at a restaurant within traveling distance of these botanical gardens. Happy Lion Restaurant is an ideal eatery to enjoy a meal at before spending time at J.R. O'Neal Botanic Gardens, and is close-by, making it a great option for visitors to it. Happy Lion Restaurant is only about about a hundred yards away from the botanical gardens, so stop in and try something off the menu. Le Grand Cafe and Rita's Restaurant are some of the other restaurant options within reach. At Rita's Restaurant you and your group should try a bit of American food and experience the culture of the Virgin Islands.

Nearby Attractions

Other types of local activities include Parkfields Recreation Grounds, which is a couple hundred yards away Road Town. Also, you might think about heading over to Up's Cineplex, which is another attraction close by.

If you can't wait to see as many of the Virgin Islands' attractions as possible, the following table shows the closest options.

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.


Station Avenue, Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin Islands


(809) 494-4557




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