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.
Do you like spending time under the open sky? You might be happy to learn the island has a few interesting nature preserves on it and nearby.
Green Cay National Wildlife Refuge is a great nature preserve situated on 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.
Vacationers wanting to find a another great natural attraction should consider visiting sites 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.
Southgate Coastal Reserve: Southgate serves as a habitat for a number of threatened or endangered migratory birds, as well as sea turtles. Currently in the works as of March 2013, is a Reserve Center, walking trails, and more.
Be sure to look at the following table to see nature preserves.
|Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||2.7 mi. North of Central Frederiksted||St. Croix|
|Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||1.2 mi. East-Northeast of Central Knight||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||9.8 mi. East of Central downtown Christiansted||St. Croix|
Guests can enjoy a few parks, as well as a botanical garden on St. Croix.
To surround yourself with beautiful tropical vegetation, consider visiting Saint George Village Botanical Gardens, which is located in western St. Croix. St. George Village Botanical Garden will give you a tour of some of the indigenous species of plant life found on the island, as well as educate you on some of the ecological and environmental issues facing St. Croix.
A second popular attraction in this category is. 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 worth looking into are shown in the chart below.
|Park||3.0 mi. West of Central Allandale|
|Park||0.5 mi. West of Downtown Christiansted|
|Saint George Village Botanical Gardens||Botanical Garden||0.5 mi. East of Central Allandale|
You can learn about local agriculture by spending some time at Virgin Islands Sustainable Farm Institute. To reach R2R from the East of the island, take the paved Mahogany Road into the rainforest. After Norma's Domino Club, take the second right onto 58, and continue on until you reach the top of the hill. As the hill descends to the west, you will see a sign for the farm.
|Virgin Islands Sustainable Farm Institute||Farm||Central St. Croix||St. Croix|
Another fun idea is to visit some of the more interesting area land formations. Other types of natural attractions on St. Croix can be seen in the chart below.
|Bay||2.7 mi. West of Central Cane Bay|
|Butler Bay||Bay||2.8 mi. North of Central Frederiksted|
|Bay||0.1 mi. South West of Central Cane Bay|
|Bay||3.1 mi. East-Northeast of Central downtown Christiansted|
|Harbour||0.3 mi. Northwest of Downtown Christiansted|
|Coakley Bay||Bay||1.6 mi. West of Central Cotton Valley|
|Bay||3.5 mi. East of Central Cane Bay|
|Bay||0.9 mi. Northeast of Central Knight|
|Bay||1.8 mi. East of Central Knight|
|Harbour||3.1 mi. West of Central Allandale|
|Bay||0.3 mi. East of Downtown Christiansted|
|Bay||1.0 mi. Northeast of Central Cane Bay|
|Bay||3.7 mi. East-Northeast of Central downtown Christiansted|
|Bay||2.1 mi. East-Northeast of Central downtown Christiansted|
|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|
|Point||3.0 mi. South-Southeast of Central downtown Christiansted|
|Bay||1.0 mi. East of Central Cotton Valley|
|Point||3.4 mi. South of Central downtown Christiansted|
|West End Salt Pond||Pond||1.6 mi. South-Southwest of Central Frederiksted|
Fortunately, you'll be able to find other kinds attractions available. To visit our detailed guide to other attractions, read this article.
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