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.


Green Cay National Wildlife Refuge is located on the island of Green Cay, 2.9 miles east-northeast of downtown Christiansted; it's three miles (four and a half kilometers) to the east-northeast of Christiansted.

Nearby Restaurants

There are a multitude of eateries to select from in the neighborhood immediately near the nature preserve. Deep End Bar & Grill, which plates up American dishes, offers convenient access to this wildlife reservation. The Galleon and Island House Restaurant are some of the additional food and drink options near Green Cay National Wildlife Refuge where visitors will be able to try something different in the Virgin Islands.

Nearby Attractions

Those who enjoy wildlife reservations, and have the energy to view some others, ought to think about Southgate Coastal Reserve and Fairleigh Dickinson Territorial Park; the first is three quarters of a mile to the south-southeast of this nature preserve. Additional local activities include Coakley Bay Ruins, which is a mile and a half away St. Croix. You might also think about making the trip to Fort Louisa Augusta Light, which is another attraction not far away.

Nature preserves are a great attraction to visit, but there's plenty else to see during your stay. The following chart includes some other attractions closest to Green Cay National Wildlife Refuge.

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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