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 time seeing the local flaura and fauna? You may be pleased to know the island has several enjoyable nature preserves nearby.

Buck Island National Wildlife Refuge is a nature preserve located within Capella Island, South-Southeast of St. Thomas. Visitors who come to Buck Island National Wildlife Refuge will find very few amenities, and activities that are largely limited to rustic hiking, bird-watching, and perhaps diving off the coast of the island. The Coast Guard maintains a lighthouse on the refuge, but it is not open to the public.

Adventurers hoping to find a another great natural attraction will enjoy exploring places like Little Tobago - Great Tobago National Park. Tobago Cay, at the northwest corner of the British Virgin Islands chain is home to Great Tobago (210 acres) and Little Tobago (55 acres) of protected lands established in 1995 as national parks. Birders visit these island because it is the only nesting site in the British Virgin Islands for frigate birds, and divers love the waters around Mercurious Rock.

Look through the table just below for more information about nature preserves.

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 spend some time in one of the many parks, as well as 5 botanical gardens on St. Thomas.

Hassel Island Historic Park is found within Hassel Island, St. Thomas. The island is 135 acres and the National Park service works diligently to keep it pristine. There is much to be seen with a visit to the island including rail road tracks and the ruins of a hospital, a cemetery, a signal station, and several military sites.

A second popular choice in this category is Phantasea Tropical Botanical Garden. Not only can you relax and soak in the beauty of your surroundings from the various benches, decks, and gazebos placed throughout the garden, you can also enjoy a selection of tropical beverages, snacks, plants, and other retail items offered at the Phantasea Tropical Botanical Garden gift shop! Classes and workshops are additionally available.

The parks and gardens worth considering are shown in the following table.

Parks and Gardens On St. Thomas
Name Type Location Island
Butterfly Garden Botanical Garden 0.9 mi. Southeast of Downtown Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas
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 thought of passing some time with interesting sea life sounds like fun, 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 to explore and have fun while even learning a thing or two at the same time.

Take a minute to read the table below for more information.

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 idea is to go see some of the more popular area land formations. Fully natural attractions like these on St. Thomas can be seen right 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

Keep in mind that you'll be able to find other types of attractions. Read this article which is all about even more attractions if you'd like to discover more information.

 

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