Southgate Coastal Reserve

Located on the U.S. Virgin Island of St. Croix, the Southgate Coastal Reserve was created in 1999 as a protected area for migratory birds that make their way through the islands each year. Expansion continues to this day, so tourists who have been once will be delighted in the changes that are ongoing.

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.


Southgate Coastal Reserve is found just outside the heart of the island of St. Croix, 2.9 miles east of downtown Christiansted; it's three miles (four and a half kilometers) to the east of Christiansted.

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

Nearby Restaurants

There are plenty of dining options to pick from in the area immediately near the nature preserve. Cheeseburgers in Paradise, which has a menu full of American dishes, will be of particular interest to visitors looking for a convenient meal. It's just about a few hundred yards from this nature preserve, so grab a table and peruse the menu. The Galleon and Deep End Bar & Grill are some of the additional refreshment choices near the wildlife reservation. At Deep End Bar & Grill you will not want to get up and go without taking a bite of their specialty, hamburgers, among others.

Nearby Attractions

Visitors that are a fan of nature preserves, and would like to see others, might check out Green Cay National Wildlife Refuge and Fairleigh Dickinson Territorial Park; the first of which is 0.7 miles to the north-northwest of this page's attraction. Other types of nearby attractions include Coakley Bay Ruins, which is a mile and a half away St. Croix. You might also want to consider visiting Fort Louisa Augusta Light, which is another attraction in the vicinity.

If a visit to the Southgate Coastal Reserve isn't enough to keep you busy all afternoon, the most nearby attractions are in the following table.

Attractions Near Southgate Coastal Reserve
Attraction Type Distance Direction Location
Coakley Bay Ruins Historic Site 1.4 mi. (6.7 km) E 4.1 mi. East of Christiansted
Fort Louisa Augusta Light Other Attraction 2.2 mi. (1.2 km) W Christiansted
Fort Christiansted Historic Site 2.7 mi. (0.1 km) W Christiansted
D Hamilton Jackson Park -- 2.7 mi. (0.1 km) W Downtown Christiansted
Customs House Historic Site 2.8 mi. (0.1 km) W Downtown Christiansted
Steeple Building Museum 2.8 mi. (0.1 km) W Downtown Christiansted
Scale House Historic Site 2.8 mi. (0.0 km) W Downtown Christiansted
St. Croix Archaeological Museum Museum 2.9 mi. (0.2 km) WSW Downtown Christiansted

More Information


There are over 100 acres of mangroves, beaches, coastal salt ponds, and upland grasslands at Southgate.

Location: Off East End Road at Southgate Pond, St. Croix


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