Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge

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Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge

Virgin Islands

(340) 773-4554

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Overview

Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge (SPNWR) consists of over 360 acres of subtropical dry vegetation, including the largest salt pond in the Virgin Islands, and a continuous stretch of 3.2 kilometers of sandy beach. Sandy Point beach is unique in that it has deep near shore water and lacks a fringing coral reef. These ideal conditions provide easy accessibility to the beach by nesting endangered leatherback sea turtles. In fact, Sandy Point hosts the largest population of nesting leatherbacks in the United States and its' territories. In addition to leatherbacks, hawksbill, and green sea turtles also nest on the Sandy Point beach. Opportunities at Sandy Point NWR exist that allow the public to enjoy hiking, wildlife observation, and nature photography. Group field trips can be scheduled through the USFWS office during the week. Beach clean-ups, nature walks, salt pond studies, and bird watching are all available.

Map of Sandy Point NWR

Latitude, Longitude: 17.676818, -64.900103

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Activities

  • Bird Watching

    Go Bird watching and try to spot over 100 different species have been recorded on the refuge, including the Brown pelican, Black-necked stilt and Black-whiskered vireo.

  • Hiking

    Come walk along the 2 mile stretch of sandy white beaches giving yourself a chance to take in the picturesque scenery around you.

Seasonality/Weather

The refuge is only open to the public from 10am to 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays and is closed at all other times. Major portions of the refuge beach are popular recreation sites for visitors but are closed seasonally in order to protect turtle nests and hatchlings. This management decision is based on scientific data collected by the Leatherback Conservation Project. During the leatherback nesting season (April -August), Earthwatch volunteers assist with data collection and nest relocation(from erosion zones).

Directions

Driving

Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge is located on the southwest corner of Saint Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands.

Phone Numbers

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(340) 773-4554

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