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

St. John is a good option for those wishing to visit Reef Bay Sugar Factory Ruins, because those staying in this part of the Virgin Islands will have convenient access to the historical site during their visit. There is a good selection of hotels around the area around Reef Bay Sugar Factory Ruins.

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, a part of Virgin Islands National Park, is found on the southeastern part of the island of St. John, 3.5 miles east of downtown Cruz Bay; it's two miles (three and a half kilometers) 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.

Those visiting Reef Bay Sugar Factory Ruins will be able to find a handful of island pastimes like hitting a few rounds of golf and doing some beach-going within traveling distance. Historic site guests who would also like to work on their golf game will be pleased to learn of the closest golf course to the museum, Mahogany Run Public Golf Course. Sunny hours can also be spent at Reef Bay Beach, the nearest beach. Additionally, you will likely run into a couple other outdoor opportunities in the surrounding area. Guests will encounter multiple indoor places to visit in the vicinity. For those not wanting to have to travel a great distance, there are two additional alluring attractions close by--Par Force Estate Ruins and Lamshur Bay Trail.


Contact Information

Location: St. John


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