Natural Attractions on St. Thomas

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St. Thomas is an island that takes up 31 square miles of space in the Caribbean Sea.  Through the center of the island is one long ridge of hills which tumble down towards the coast towards bays protected by coral reef and a natural harbor.  The proper walking or hiking shoes are important for anyone who plans to explore this island's natural attractions thanks to the fact that there are virtually no flat areas on the entire island.  While St. Thomas boasts these gorgeous hills and a mountain plus the typical parks and waterways that are expected of the Caribbean, there are a few unique features to be aware of including a working farm, a castle, and a shipwreck. 

Nature Preserves and Hiking

Attractions Map

Do you want to spend part of your vacation seeing the local flaura and fauna? You may be happy to learn the island has a few interesting nature preserves nearby.

Buck Island National Wildlife Refuge is a great nature preserve located within Capella Island, South-Southeast of St. Thomas. Buck Island National Wildlife Refuge wasn't fully established until 1981. Its main purpose was, and continues to be, as a safe haven for migratory birds that use the island as a winter home, or as a rest area before continuing further, but it can also be enjoyed by visitors.

Vacationers looking to find a another great natural attraction will enjoy exploring places like Little Tobago - Great Tobago National Park. Great Tobago and Little Tobago are popular spots for birders because these islands are the only nesting grounds for frigate birds in the British Virgin Island chain. Divers also love the waters surrounding the islands because of the shoal, shallow reef, and sand channels.

Be sure to look through the table just below for more information about your options.

Nature Preserves and Hiking Near St. Thomas
Name Type Location Island
Buck Island National Wildlife Refuge Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 5.2 mi. Southeast of Central Charlotte Amalie Capella Island
Little Tobago - Great Tobago National Park Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 5.1 mi. West of Central Jost Van Dyke None

Parks and Botanical Gardens

Phantasea Tropical Botanical Garden

Guests can enjoy one of the many parks, as well as 4 botanical gardens on St. Thomas.

Hassel Island Historic Park is located on Hassel Island, St. Thomas. Once connected to St. Thomas at the edge of the harbor, this island was separated and turned into a completely new island by the Dutch who hoped to create better water circulation. Today it is privately owned, but an important natural and historical landmark.

A second popular choice in this category is Phantasea Tropical Botanical Garden. With more than 20 years in the making, Phantasea Tropical Botanical Garden is St. Thomas' newest eco-attraction. Visitors can now explore the garden's paths to enjoy over 1,000 orchid plants and hundreds of other tropical plants and bromeliads.

The parks and gardens you'll be able to find are provided down below.

Parks and Gardens On St. Thomas
Name Type Location Island
Educators Park Park Downtown Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas
Emanicipation Garden Park Downtown Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas
FDR Park Park 0.3 mi. East-Northeast of Downtown Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas
Hassel Island Historic Park Park 0.8 mi. South of Downtown Charlotte Amalie Hassel Island
Nadir Recreation Area Park 3.5 mi. East-Southeast of Central Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas
Phantasea Tropical Botanical Garden Botanical Garden 1.1 mi. North-Northwest of Downtown Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas
Phillips' Botanical Garden Botanical Garden 2.3 mi. South West of Central Charlotte Amalie Water Island
Roosevelt Park Park 0.3 mi. East-Northeast of Downtown Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas
St. Peter Greathouse & Botanical Gardens Botanical Garden 1.5 mi. Northwest of Downtown Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas
Villa Botanica At Plantation Crown and Hawk Botanical Garden St. Thomas St. Thomas

Zoos and Aquariums

Coral World Ocean Park

If the idea of spending part of a day with interesting sea life tickles your fancy, you should visit Coral World Ocean Park. Get up close to all the sea animals in this fully immersive and interactive aquarium-water park. Swim with sea lions, or put on high-tech diving equipment and walk beneath the surface of the water, with all the world above you.

Check this table for more information about what's available.

Zoos and Aquariums On St. Thomas
Name Type Location
Coral World Ocean Park Aquarium 4.2 mi. East of Central Charlotte Amalie
Solberg Farm Zoo Downtown Charlotte Amalie

Land Formations

Another fun idea is to go see some of the more popular naturally occurring land formations. Other types of natural attractions on St. Thomas can be seen here:

Land Formations On St. Thomas
Name Type Location Island
Benner Bay Bay 1.9 mi. Southeast of Central Anna's Retreat St. Thomas
Bolongo Bay Bay 2.9 mi. Southeast of Central Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas
Brewers Bay Bay 3.5 mi. West of Central Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas
Careening Cove Bay 0.6 mi. South of Downtown Charlotte Amalie Hassel Island
Cowpet Bay Bay 3.3 mi. West of Central downtown Cruz Bay St. Thomas
Dorothea Bay Bay 3.0 mi. Northwest of Central Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas
Druif Bay Bay 2.6 mi. South West of Central Charlotte Amalie Water Island
Elephant Bay Bay 1.8 mi. South West of Downtown Charlotte Amalie Water Island
Flamingo Bay Bay 2.9 mi. South West of Central Charlotte Amalie Water Island
Jersey Bay Bay 4.8 mi. East-Southeast of Central Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas
Krum Bay Bay 2.3 mi. West-Southwest of Central Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas
Lindbergh Bay Bay Central St. Thomas St. Thomas
Long Bay Bay 0.8 mi. Southeast of Downtown Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas
Magens Bay Bay 2.4 mi. North of Central Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas
Mangrove Lagoon Lagoon 3.6 mi. East-Southeast of Central Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas
Redhook Bay Bay 3.2 mi. West of Central downtown Cruz Bay St. Thomas
Saint John Bay Bay 3.6 mi. West of Central downtown Cruz Bay St. Thomas
St. Thomas Harbor Harbour 0.4 mi. Southeast of Downtown Charlotte Amalie None
Vessup Bay Bay 3.7 mi. West of Central downtown Cruz Bay St. Thomas
Water Bay Bay 4.2 mi. East of Central Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas

Fortunately, you'll be able to find other attraction types available too. If you're interested, obtain more information concerning other attractions on this page.

 

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