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 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.
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 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|
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. 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.
|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 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.
|Virgin Islands Sustainable Farm Institute||Farm||Central St. Croix||St. Croix|
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.
|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|
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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