Natural Attractions on St. Croix

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Home to more nature preserves than any of the other inhabited islands in the US Virgin Island chain, if you're interested in touring natural attractions during your vacation, there is no better destination to choose.  Additionally, there is a sustainable farm that welcomes guests to come see how they do what they do.

Nature Preserves and Hiking

Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge

Do you want to spend time outside? You may be happy to learn the island has several enjoyable nature preserves on it.

Green Cay National Wildlife Refuge is a popular nature preserve located within Green Cay, St. Croix. 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.

Attractions Map

Adventurers looking to locate a another great natural attraction should consider visiting places like Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge. Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge is an island located southwest of St. Croix. You can access it by boat.

St. Croix East End Marine Park: Located within the park are several very distinct eco-systems, but the turtle nesting sites garner the most attention. Birders will enjoy the parks mangroves, where migratory birds nest, and diving or snorkeling can be done at some coral reef locales.

Glance through the following chart for more information about your options.

Nature Preserves and Hiking On St. Croix
Name Type Location Island
Butler Bay Nature Preserve Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 2.7 mi. North of Central Frederiksted St. Croix
Green Cay National Wildlife Refuge Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 2.9 mi. East-Northeast of Central downtown Christiansted Green Cay
Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 1.9 mi. West-Southwest of Central Frederiksted Southeast St. Croix
Southgate Coastal Reserve Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 2.9 mi. East of Central downtown Christiansted St. Croix
St. Croix East End Marine Park Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 8.9 mi. East of Central downtown Christiansted St. Croix

Parks and Botanical Gardens

Saint George Village Botanical Gardens

Visitors can spend some time in several parks, as well as a botanical garden on St. Croix.

If you enjoy tropical vegetation, consider visiting Saint George Village Botanical Gardens, which is located in western St. Croix. Explore the natural side of St. Croix presented in maintained trails, beautiful landscapes, and full of bright, colorful flowers. This is a perfect place to visit when you need a break from the exciting vacation and are looking for the relaxing one.

Another popular attraction in this category is Buddhoe Park. Named after the great emancipator of St. Croix Moses Buddhoe Gottlieb, this is a laid back urban park that makes for a nice stroll to compliment a day of exploration. Those who visit the park will be able to follow small trails, relax on benches, and observe the bust of Buddhoe Gottlieb, who on July 3, 1848 gathered 6000 slaves and demanded freedom.

The parks and gardens you'll be able to find are displayed in the chart below.

Parks and Gardens On St. Croix
Name Type Location
Buddhoe Park Park 3.0 mi. West of Central Allandale
D Hamilton Jackson Park Park Downtown Christiansted
Peter Carl Limpricht Park Park 0.5 mi. West of Downtown Christiansted
Saint George Village Botanical Gardens Botanical Garden 0.5 mi. East of Central Allandale

Farms

You can learn about local agriculture by spending some time at Virgin Islands Sustainable Farm Institute. Winner of the 2011 Environmental Quality Award from the EPA -- which is the highest honor given to a public farm -- the Ridge to Reef Farm (R2R) run by the Virgin Islands Sustainable Farm Institute is the first and the only USDA certified organic farm in the US Virgin Islands. The farm came into being in 2010 and focuses on restoring land that was ravished for years of plantation farming, as well as the promotion of green and sustainable living.

Farms On St. Croix
Name Type Location Island
Virgin Islands Sustainable Farm Institute Farm Central St. Croix St. Croix

Land Formations

Another fun idea is to go see some of the more popular naturally occurring land formations. Other types of natural attractions on St. Croix can be seen here:

Land Formations On St. Croix
Name Type Location
Butler Bay Bay 2.8 mi. North of Central Frederiksted
Cane Bay Bay 0.1 mi. South West of Central Cane Bay
Chenay Bay Bay 3.1 mi. East-Northeast of Central downtown Christiansted
Christiansted Harbor Harbour 0.3 mi. Northwest of Downtown Christiansted
Coakley Bay Bay 1.6 mi. West of Central Cotton Valley
Columbus Bay Bay 3.5 mi. East of Central Cane Bay
Cottongarden Bay Bay 0.9 mi. Northeast of Central Knight
East End Bay Bay 1.8 mi. East of Central Knight
Frederiksted Harbour Harbour 3.1 mi. West of Central Allandale
Gallows Bay Bay 0.3 mi. East of Downtown Christiansted
Great Pond Bay Bay 3.8 mi. East-Southeast of Central downtown Christiansted
La Vallee Bay 1.0 mi. Northeast of Central Cane Bay
Prune Bay Bay 3.7 mi. East-Northeast of Central downtown Christiansted
Punnett Bay Bay 2.1 mi. East-Northeast of Central downtown Christiansted
Rod Bay Bay 1.4 mi. South of Central Cotton Valley
Salt River Bay National Historic Park and Ecological Preserve Bay 3.6 mi. East of Central Cane Bay
Surlaine Point Point 3.0 mi. South-Southeast of Central downtown Christiansted
Teague Bay Bay 1.0 mi. East of Central Cotton Valley
Vagthus Point Point 3.4 mi. South of Central downtown Christiansted
West End Salt Pond Pond 1.6 mi. South-Southwest of Central Frederiksted

Keep in mind, St. Croix has additional attraction types. If you'd like to get more information concerning other attractions by clicking on this link.

 

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