Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge

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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. is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Sandy Point has the longest land area in the Virgin Islands, and has a total area of 36 acres.

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.. Hiking is also a popular past time here.


Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge lies on the western edge of the island of St. Croix, in the general vicinity of Frederiksted Southeast; it's 2.3 miles to the south-southwest of Frederiksted.

Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge is an island located southwest of St. Croix. You can access it by boat.

Nearby Restaurants

And, one of the most delightful options while spending some time exploring the area could be chowing down on a dish at a restaurant within traveling distance of this wildlife reservation. The most nearby restaurant to Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge is Beach Side Cafe, which plates up contemporary fare. It's just around a mile and a half away from this wildlife reservation, so check it out and dig in! Turtle's After Dark and Turtle's Deli are some more restaurant options close to this page's attraction. At Turtle's Deli you and your companions might test out American fare and experience the culture of the Virgin Islands.

Nearby Attractions

Those who are interested in seeing another nature preserve, learn more about Butler Bay Nature Preserve, situated four and a half miles to the north of this attraction. Other kinds of nearby activities include Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts, which is two miles away Frederiksted. You might also want to think about heading to Fort Frederik, which is another attraction nearby.

If you're looking for plenty of activities to keep you or your family busy, the most nearby attractions are in the following table.

Attractions Near Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge
Attraction Type Distance Direction Location
Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts Museum 2.2 mi. (0.1 km) NNE Frederiksted
Fort Frederik Historic Site 2.5 mi. (0.4 km) NNE Frederiksted
Buddhoe Park Other Attraction 2.5 mi. (0.5 km) NNE Frederiksted
Estate Whim Museum Museum -- -- Frederiksted Southeast
Lawaetz Family Museum Museum 2.6 mi. (2.4 km) ENE Frederiksted Southeast
Good Hope Plantation Ruins Historic Site 2.9 mi. (3.9 km) E Carlton
Cruzan Rum Factory Other Attraction 3.4 mi. (3.4 km) ENE Carlton
Estate Mount Washington Plantation Historic Site 4.2 mi. (3.5 km) N 2.2 mi. North of Frederiksted

More Information


The refuge is open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays only.

Location: Route 66, St. Croix



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