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 enjoy being outside? You may be happy to learn the island has some nature preserves nearby.

Buck Island National Wildlife Refuge is a nature preserve located on Capella Island, South-Southeast of St. Thomas. You will need to find a boat charter of private ferry to take you over to Buck Island.

Vacationers looking to locate a another great natural attraction should consider visiting choices like Little Tobago - Great Tobago National Park. These two islands are accessible by boat.

Be sure to look at the table below to learn more.

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

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

Hassel Island Historic Park is found within 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.

Another popular attraction 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 worth looking into are summarized here:

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
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 passing some time surrounded by sea life tickles your fancy, you should visit Coral World Ocean Park. Coral World is the ultimate interactive aquarium where you are immersed in the water world of marine life. You will be able to explore and have fun while still learning a thing or two.

Take a moment to look through the table just below 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 visit some of the more popular naturally occurring land formations. Fully natural attractions like these on St. Thomas are shown directly below.

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

If you are seeking a wider selection of attractions beyond just these, you might want to think about other locations. Visit this page which is all about even more attractions if you'd like to find out more details.

 

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