Natural Attractions on Tortola

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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.

Nature Preserves and Hiking

Mount Healthy National Park

Do you like spending time outside? You might be happy to learn the island has numerous nature preserves on it and nearby.

Cam Bay National Park is a great nature preserve Great Camanoe, in eastern Tortola. Cam Bay National Park is 19.6 acres of area which is home to a shallow reef and lagoon system as well as bird sanctuary. The salt pond attracts migratory wading birds such as American coots, black-necked stilts, blue-winged teals, ruddy ducks, and more.

Vacationers looking to locate a another great natural attraction will enjoy exploring places like Mount Healthy National Park. Guests to the park will be able to explore the sugar mill, and the area directly around it. While it is not as natural or as forested as some of the British Virgin Islands' other National Parks, it is still a nice escape from the urban areas of the island.

Sage Mountain National Park: Improved consistently since its conception in 1964, Sage Mountain National Park now offers twelve trails winding through the area, regularly maintained forest sections, and as the centerpiece, Sage Mountain, the highest point in both the British and US Virgin Islands.

Look through the following table if you want more information.

Nature Preserves and Hiking On and Near Tortola
Name Type Location Island
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

Caves

Treasure Point Caves

Even though most people visiting the area are attracted by the region's beaches, that isn't the only way to experience the area's natural beauty. One such example is Treasure Point Caves. It is found on Norman Island, South of Tortola. <p>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.</p>

Parks and Botanical Gardens

J.R. O'Neal Botanic Gardens

Travelers 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.

Another popular 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 worth considering are summarized directly below.

Parks and Gardens On Tortola
Name Type Location
Festival Grounds 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
Noel Lloyd (P.A.M.) Park Park Downtown Road Town
Old Recreation Ground Park 0.4 mi. West-Northwest of Downtown Road Town
Parkfields Recreation Grounds Park 0.3 mi. Northwest of Downtown Road Town
Shark Bay National Park Park 1.6 mi. North-Northeast of Central Cane Garden Bay

Land Formations

Another fun idea is to visit some of the more popular area land formations. Other options like these on Tortola can be seen right below.

Land Formations On Tortola
Name Type Location Island
Belmont Pond Pond 3.6 mi. North of Central Coral Bay Tortola
Ber Bay Bay 0.9 mi. South-Southeast of Central Parham Town Little Buck Island
Boughers Bay Bay 0.7 mi. East of Downtown Road Town Tortola
Brandy Wine Bay Bay Central Tortola 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
Conch Bay Bay 5.4 mi. East-Northeast of Central downtown Road Town Beef Island
Fish Bay Bay 1.2 mi. East-Southeast of Downtown Road Town Tortola
Half Moon Bay Bay 2.5 mi. East of Central downtown Road Town Tortola
Josiah's Bay Pond Pond 2.6 mi. Northeast of Central downtown Road Town Tortola
Lee Bay 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
Paraquita Bay Bay 2.8 mi. East of Central downtown Road Town Tortola
Road Harbour Harbour 0.8 mi. Southeast of Downtown Road Town Tortola
Salt Island Bay Bay 6.6 mi. Southeast of Central downtown Road Town Salt Island
Sea Cow Bay Bay 1.6 mi. South West of Downtown Road Town Tortola
Sopers Hole Bay 0.3 mi. South-Southwest of Central West End Tortola
Trellis Bay Bay 5.9 mi. East of Central downtown Road Town Beef Island
White Bay Bay 4.3 mi. Northeast of Central downtown Road Town Guana Island

Needless to say, you'll be able to find plenty of other kinds attractions available. Follow this link to view our page regarding other interesting attractions for Tortola.

 

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