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 enjoy part of your vacation out in the fresh air? You might be happy to find out that the island has some nature preserves on it.

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

Attractions Map

Travelers looking to find a another great natural attraction should consider visiting sites like Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge. Over 11,000 tourists a year sail over to Sandy Point regularly to observe wildlife in action. Over 100 species have been recorded, including a large number of birds and the endangered leatherback sea turtle..

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.

Take a look at this table to learn more.

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

Travelers can visit a few parks, as well as a botanical garden on St. Croix.

If you'd like to see some beautiful tropical vegetation, consider visiting Saint George Village Botanical Gardens, which is situated 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 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 available can be seen here:

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 obtain a better understanding of regional agriculture by visiting 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.

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 interesting naturally occurring land formations. Fully natural attractions like these on St. Croix are provided right below.

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

If you would prefer having a wider variety of points of interest beyond what's offered in this category, you might want to find others. Click this link to see our discussion of other interesting attractions for St. Croix.

 

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