Green Cay National Wildlife Refuge

Administered by the US Fish & Wildlife Service, this refuge was established to protect one of the rarest reptiles in the world, the St. Croix Ground Lizard, as well as a variety of bird and other wildlife species that depend on the island ecosystem to survive.

Green Cay is a 14 acre island comprised of dry, forested land and small, rocky beaches.

Although the refuge might be considered an attraction for visitors to St. Croix, it is an attraction that can best be seen from a distance, by boat, from off-shore of the island in order to protect a highly-lizard species and easily disturbed juvenile brown pelicans. The refuge is closed to the public in order to protect its very fragile ecosystem and the endangered ground lizard. Unauthorized entry to the island can also disrupt bird nesting and can result in the death of brown pelican fledglings if they are frightened off their nests by visitors.


Located in the heart of the island of Green Cay, 2.9 miles east-northeast of downtown Christiansted, Green Cay National Wildlife Refuge invites visitors who are rooming on this part of the island. Whether or not you're staying in the vicinity, you are free to stop by for some fun in the sun. It's 2.8 miles east-northeast of Christiansted.

Nearby Restaurants

After spending some time at the nature preserve you find your stomach stomach growling, there's any easy solution -- you will find an impressive array of local restaurants in this general area. Deep End Bar & Grill, which dishes out American food, is also the closest restaurant to the nature preserve. Also nearby, you and your companions will come across restaurants such as The Galleon and Cheeseburgers in Paradise where you and your party should make it a point not to leave without taking a bite of their specialty hamburgers.

Nearby Attractions

Those who are a fan of nature preserves, and have the energy to view some others, should consider Southgate Coastal Reserve and Fairleigh Dickinson Territorial Park; the first of which is 0.7 miles away from this page's attraction. You'll find other attractions in the area, including Coakley Bay Ruins, which is a mile and a half away St. Croix. You might also want to consider heading over to Fort Louisa Augusta Light, which is another attraction close by.

Being able to choose from some other activities will ensure you won't get bored. The following table contains a list of attractions nearby.

Attractions Near Green Cay National Wildlife Refuge
Attraction Type Distance Direction Location
Coakley Bay Ruins Historic Site 1.7 mi. (6.7 km) ESE 4.1 mi. East of Christiansted
Fort Louisa Augusta Light Other Attraction 2.1 mi. (1.2 km) WSW Christiansted
Fort Christiansted Historic Site 2.7 mi. (0.1 km) WSW Christiansted
D Hamilton Jackson Park -- 2.8 mi. (0.1 km) WSW Downtown Christiansted
Customs House Historic Site 2.8 mi. (0.1 km) WSW Downtown Christiansted
Steeple Building Museum 2.8 mi. (0.1 km) SW Downtown Christiansted
Scale House Historic Site 2.8 mi. (0.0 km) WSW Downtown Christiansted
Government House Historic Site 2.9 mi. (0.1 km) WSW Downtown Christiansted

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Location: Green Cay


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