Tortola may be the busiest of the British Virgin Islands, but there are also numerous sites made by nature that are on the must-see list for visit on the island. Not only are the beaches a sight to be seen, but there are also caves, national parks, botanical gardens, and hiking trails on which to see them all.
Do you like spending time outside? You might be happy to learn the island has a good selection of nature preserves on it and nearby.
Cam Bay National Park is a popular nature preserve Great Camanoe, in eastern Tortola. Established as a national park in 1999, Cam Bay is located on the east shore of Gran Camanoe, and is popular amongst sailors because it is known for calm waters. Snorkelers and divers also frequent this spot for the calm waters and shallow reef.
Vacationers wanting to find a another great natural attraction should consider visiting places like Mount Healthy National Park. Mount Healthy National Park protects part of an old plantation that once stood in the area. The central feature is the old windmill that was used to crush sugar cane which would then be sent to Britain, a major aspect of Colonial economy.
Sage Mountain National Park: The flagship reserve in the British Virgin Islands, Sage Mountain National Park marked the start of conservation as an official policy in the islands. Just as the park was a good start for the government's conservation program, it is sure to be a good start for eco-tourist and nature lovers in the British Virgin Islands.
Look through the table just below to learn more about nature preserves.
|Cam Bay National Park||Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||6.8 mi. Northeast of Central downtown Road Town||Great Camanoe|
|Dead Chest National Park||Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||5.3 mi. Southeast of Central downtown Road Town||Dead Chest Island|
|Diamond Cay National Park||Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||1.8 mi. East of Central Great Harbour||Jost Van Dyke|
|Fallen Jerusalem National Park||Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||7.0 mi. South West of Central Leverick Bay||Fallen Jerusalem|
|Mount Healthy National Park||Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||1.8 mi. Northeast of Central Cane Garden Bay||Tortola|
|Rhone Marine Park||Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||6.0 mi. Southeast of Central downtown Road Town||None|
|Sage Mountain National Park||Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||1.6 mi. South of Central Cane Garden Bay||Tortola|
|West Dog National Park||Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||5.8 mi. West of Central Leverick Bay||West Dog Island|
Although most visitors to the area come for the beautiful water and coastline, that isn't the only way to enjoy the area's natural wonders. The one example is Treasure Point Caves. It is found within Norman Island, South of Tortola. Legend tells that a Creque family fisherman once found a chest of gold doubloons in a cave off Norman Island as he sought shelter from a storm. Though all the treasure appears to be gone, now Treasure Point Caves are a popular spot for snorkeling.
Guests can also visit one of the many parks, as well as a botanical garden on Tortola.
Shark Bay National Park is found within northern Tortola. Shark Bay National Park was donated to the National Parks Trust in 1999, and is the first coastal nature reserve and park along Tortola's north shore. The park spans 18.4 acres and is great for hikers looking for a beautiful view.
A second attraction in this category is J.R. O'Neal Botanic Gardens. Guests who tour the J.R. O'Neal Botanical Gardens get a chance to view a few different natural environments that exist throughout the islands.
The parks and gardens available are provided below.
|Park||0.2 mi. North-Northwest of Downtown Road Town|
|J.R. O'Neal Botanic Gardens||Botanical Garden||0.5 mi. Northwest of Downtown Road Town|
|Park||Downtown Road Town|
|Park||0.4 mi. West-Northwest of Downtown Road Town|
|Park||0.3 mi. Northwest of Downtown Road Town|
|Shark Bay National Park||Park||1.6 mi. North-Northeast of Central Cane Garden Bay|
Another fun idea is to visit some of the more interesting naturally occurring land formations. Other options like these on Tortola are summarized directly below.
|Pond||3.6 mi. North of Central Coral Bay||Tortola|
|Bay||0.9 mi. South-Southeast of Central Parham Town||Little Buck Island|
|Bay||0.7 mi. East of Downtown Road Town||Tortola|
|Brewers Bay||Bay||1.3 mi. North of Central Cane Garden Bay||Tortola|
|Cam Bay||Bay||6.7 mi. Northeast of Central downtown Road Town||Great Camanoe|
|Cane Garden Bay||Bay||0.4 mi. West-Southwest of Central Cane Garden Bay||Tortola|
|Bay||5.4 mi. East-Northeast of Central downtown Road Town||Beef Island|
|Bay||1.2 mi. East-Southeast of Downtown Road Town||Tortola|
|Bay||2.5 mi. East of Central downtown Road Town||Tortola|
|Pond||2.6 mi. Northeast of Central downtown Road Town||Tortola|
|Bay||6.3 mi. Northeast of Central downtown Road Town||Great Camanoe|
|Manchioneel Bay||Bay||6.7 mi. West-Northwest of Central downtown Road Town||Little Jost Van Dyke|
|Bay||2.8 mi. East of Central downtown Road Town||Tortola|
|Road Harbour||Harbour||0.8 mi. Southeast of Downtown Road Town||Tortola|
|Bay||6.6 mi. Southeast of Central downtown Road Town||Salt Island|
|Bay||1.6 mi. South West of Downtown Road Town||Tortola|
|Bay||0.3 mi. South West of Central West End||Tortola|
|Bay||5.9 mi. East of Central downtown Road Town||Beef Island|
|Bay||4.3 mi. Northeast of Central downtown Road Town||Guana Island|
If you are looking for a wider range of attractions beyond what's offered in this category, you might want to expand your planning horizon. Those wanting to learn more about other attractions by visiting this page.
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