Reef Bay Sugar Factory Ruins

This old sugar factory will built in 1725 and then continued to produce sugar for just under two hundred years, closing down in 1908. Despite being closed for over a century and being reclaimed by the forest, the ruins still stand mostly in tact; much more than the average eighteenth century abandoned buildings.

What to Expect

Hikers are free to explore the ruins if they like, just remember that they are not regularly maintained, and the infrastructure of the building is likely weak.

The Sugar Factory complex is made up of several rooms, including a boiler room and a large tower, all of which still stand.

Staying Close

Those wishing to visit Reef Bay Sugar Factory Ruins may choose to book their trip on St. John, as those staying in this area of the Virgin Islands will have easy access to this historic attraction throughout their trip. While this location isn't packed wall-to-wall with tourists, you'll nevertheless find a reasonable selection of accommodations to pick from.

Hotels near Reef Bay Sugar Factory Ruins
Hotel Type Distance Direction
Trinidad Charlie's Cottages Lodge 2.5 mi. (1.4 km) W
The Westin St. John Resort Resort 3.0 mi. (1.1 km) W
Caneel Bay Resort Resort 3.1 mi. (1.4 km) W
St. John Inn Hotel 3.4 mi. (0.2 km) W

Location and What's Nearby

Reef Bay Sugar Factory Ruins, located within Virgin Islands National Park, is located on the southeastern part of the island of St. John, 3.5 miles east of downtown Cruz Bay; it is 2.0 miles to the south west of Coral Bay.

You will need to hike through a few trails inside the National Park in order to reach the ruins. Check with the Visitor's Center of a Ranger Station to get up to date trail conditions and any special safety concerns.

If you're time spend at this site has got your stomach stomach growling, there's no need to fret -- you'll find an exceptional selection of dining possibilities within traveling distance. The nearest place to eat is Chateau Bordeaux Restaurant, which has a menu full of Caribbean dishes. The restaurant is only around a mile from this landmark, so check it out and place your order. Coral Bay Caribbean Oasis and T'ree Lizards Restaurant are some more restaurant choices nearby. At T'ree Lizards Restaurant you and your party should be sure to try a bit of American dishes and enjoy the culture of the Virgin Islands.


Contact Information

Location: St. John


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