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 enjoy spending time seeing the local flaura and fauna? You may be happy to learn the island has some nature preserves on it and nearby.

Green Cay National Wildlife Refuge is a popular nature preserve found 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.

Attractions Map

Vacationers wanting to locate a another great natural attraction will be interested in seeing opportunities like Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge. Sand Point National Wildlife Refuge was established as a protected area in 1984, as it is an important area for the endangered leatherback sea turtle. History buffs may also enjoy the island, because the Aklis Site, which dates back to 400 A.D.

Southgate Coastal Reserve: Southgate is located a little more than three miles east of Christiansted.

Review the table just below if you want more information.

Nature Preserves and Hiking On and Near St. Croix
Name Type Location Island
Butler Bay Nature Preserve Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 2.7 mi. North of Central Frederiksted St. Croix
Fairleigh Dickinson Territorial Park 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

Parks and Botanical Gardens

Saint George Village Botanical Gardens

Travelers 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. 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.

A second 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 summarized 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 gain a better understanding of local agriculture by spending part of a day at Virgin Islands Sustainable Farm Institute. The gardens at R2R are small, but each demonstrates the use of at least one sustainable farming technique including solar power, animal husbandry, and organic cropping. The workers at R2R also have a passion for holistic living, slow food cooking, and a natural connection.

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. Fully natural attractions like these on St. Croix are shown down below.

Land Formations On St. Croix
Name Type Location
Annaly Bay Bay 2.7 mi. West of Central Cane Bay
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
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 offers other attractions. Visit this article regarding even more attractions if you want to find additional information.

 

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