Mangrove Lagoon

Located on the southern coast of St. Thomas is a protected Mangrove Lagoon, which serves as a marine preserve and wildlife sanctuary, and is popular with kayakers.

The Mangrove Lagoon has a varied topography that includes salt ponds, coral, manglar islands, cliffs, and mangroves.

Most tourists visit the Mangrove Lagoon for a guided kayak tour, headed off by knowledgeable biologist who can speak on the local plants and wildlife with ease. Snorkeling often becomes a part of these tours, so you would be advised to wear a swimsuit.


Located in Maroon Town, 3.6 miles east-southeast of Charlotte Amalie, Mangrove Lagoon invites vacationers who are lodging in this town or an adjacent neighborhood. Even if you are not staying very close, you should feel free to stop by to check out the sights. In case you're wondering, Red Hook is two miles (three kilometers) to the east-northeast.

Mangrove Lagoon is located between Cas Cay and Jersey Bay.

Nearby Restaurants

There are plenty of dining options to choose from in the community nearby this lagoon. The most proximate place to eat to Mangrove Lagoon is Buddah Sushi, which serves up Asian dishes. Bolongo Beach House and Iggie's Beach Bar & Grill offer additional restaurant choices nearby. At Iggie's Beach Bar & Grill you and your companions can test out Caribbean dishes and enjoy the culture of the Virgin Islands.

Nearby Attractions

Other local activities include Nadir Recreation Area, which is a quarter mile away Maroon Town. You might also consider heading to Coral World Ocean Park, which is another nearby attraction.

A selection of nearby activities will ensure that you never run out of things to do. The following table contains a list of nearby attractions.

Attractions Near Mangrove Lagoon
Attraction Type Distance Direction Location Island
Nadir Recreation Area Other Attraction 0.4 mi. (2.9 km) N Maroon Town St. Thomas
Coral World Ocean Park Other Attraction 2.5 mi. (3.0 km) NNE Coki Point St. Thomas
Buck Island Lighthouse Other Attraction 2.8 mi. (6.8 km) SSW Buck Island Buck Island
Paradise Point Sky-Tram Other Attraction 2.8 mi. (1.2 km) WNW Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas
Buck Island National Wildlife Refuge -- 2.9 mi. (6.8 km) S Capella Island Capella Island
Butterfly Garden -- 3.0 mi. (1.2 km) WNW Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas
Bluebeard's Castle Historic Site 3.3 mi. (0.4 km) WNW Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas
Fort Willoughy Ruins Historic Site 3.4 mi. (1.7 km) W Hassel Island Hassel Island

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While there is no fee to enter the park, it could cost upwards of $50(USD) for a guided kayak tour.

Location: Maroon Town, St. Thomas


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