BE A SUSTAINABLE TRAVELER IN THE USVI

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WE ARE PROUD TO PRACTICE SUSTAINABILITY

We preserve our culture and natural beauty through environmentally sustainable tourism and practices, so they can be enjoyed for generations to come.

No matter what sustainable activity you choose to do in the U.S. Virgin Islands, you’ll feel like part of the environment and the local culture that we help preserve.

There are six national parks throughout the three islands. Some inland and some featuring amazingly biodiverse reefs, like the Buck Island Reef National Monument located in St. Croix. But if you’re more into hiking and exploring, St. John alone has more than 11,500 acres of protected land for you to feel in harmony with nature. Or take a trip to the past with the preserved 19th-century fortifications of Hassel Island in St. Thomas.

The Virgin Islands offer several options in terms of eco-friendly properties and businesses, including dozens of eco resorts and villas, as well as restaurants and bars that grow their own ingredients and pick them right before serving to you.

The hardcore geotourist will also enjoy voluntourism projects such as beach cleanups, learning to grow your own food at a Green Globe-certified farm and several other hands-on educational activities.

See what Real Nice options we have for sustainable tourism! 

NATIONAL PARKS

St. Croix – Buck Island Reef National Monument
http://www.nps.gov/buis

St. Croix – Christiansted National Historic Site
http://www.nps.gov/chri

St. Croix – Salt River Bay National Historic Park and Ecological Preserve
http://www.nps.gov/sari

St. John – Virgin Islands National Park
http://www.nps.gov/viis

St. Thomas – Hassel Island {Under Virgin Islands National Park}
https://www.nps.gov/viis/learn/historyculture/hassel.htm

St. John – Virgin Islands Coral Reef Monument
http://www.nps.gov/vicr

US Fish and Wildlife National Refuge

St. Croix – Green Cay National Wildlife Refuge
http://www.fws.gov/caribbean/Refuges/Greencay

St. Croix – Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge
http://www.fws.gov/caribbean/Refuges/Sandypoint

St. Thomas – Buck Island National Wildlife Refuge
http://www.fws.gov/caribbean/Refuges/Buckisland

Nature Preserves

St. Croix – Estate Little Princess
http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/caribbean/virginislands/placesweprotect/us-virgin-islands-estate-little-princess.xml

St. Croix – Jack and Isaacs Bay
http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/caribbean/virginislands/placesweprotect/us-virgin-islands-jack-and-isaac-bays.xml

St. Croix – East End Marine Park
https://www.facebook.com/Friends.STXEEMP/

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Territorial Parks

St. Croix – East End Marine Park
https://www.facebook.com/Friends.STXEEMP/

Bioluminescence Bay Tours

Sea Thru Kayak VI
http://www.seathrukayaksvi.com

Virgin Kayak
http://www.virginkayaktours.com

Botanical Gardens

St. Croix – St. George Village Botanical Garden
http://www.sgvbg.org

St. Thomas – Botanical Gardens
http://www.greathousevi.com

St. Thomas – Phantasea Botanical Garden
http://www.stthomasbotanicalgarden.com

Agro tourism

St. Croix – Virgin Islands Sustainable Farm Institute {Ridge to Reef Farm}
http://www.ridge2reef.org

Sustainable tourism operator

St. Croix – Crucian Heritage and Nature Tourism (CHANT)
http://chantvi.org/

Please Use Only Mineral Sunscreen. It’s the Law in the U.S. Virgin Islands!

Please help preserve the glorious beaches and stunning underwater world that lure you to our shores so that you and your loved ones can enjoy them for years to come! Avoid sunscreens that contain the “Toxic 3 Os” of oxybenzone, octinoxate and octocrylene – they are prohibited in the United States Virgin Islands. Wear rashguards, hats and use only non-nano mineral sunscreen containing zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, the only sunscreen ingredients deemed safe and effective by the FDA. Always read the ingredient label to avoid sunscreen containing oxybenzone, octinoxate and octocrylene. There are so many options to choose from. For a selection of recommended non-nano mineral-based sunscreen lines, please scan here:

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