Description - The refuge hosts the largest nesting population of leatherback sea turtles under US jurisdiction. The peninsula that forms the refuge has fairly stable geologic formations, but the beach is highly dynamic. Since 1981 Earthwatch volunteers have assisted in translocating leatherback nests that are in erosion zones and providing a presence to deter egg poaching. Over 350 leatherback nests may be laid during the nesting season. In addition, hawksbill & green turtles nest on the refuge.
Sandy Point has the longest beach area in the US Virgin Islands. The peninsula that forms the refuge has fairly stable geologic formations, but the beach is highly dynamic. The salt pond that is partially contained within the refuge is the largest in the US Virgin Islands.
Plant diversity is low because of salt stress. A deciduous forest is found on the refuge, however thorn woodland and salt-tolerant vegetation dominates.
A wide variety of seabirds, shorebirds and songbirds use the refuge. This refuge is one of the few place you may find the West Indian Flamingo.
An important archeological site dating back to 800 AD is on the refuge.
Recreation - Recreation opportunities include; hiking, wildlife observation, and nature photography (the refuge is open 10:00 am-4:00 pm on Saturdays and Sundays, closed during peak turtle nesting season)
Climate - The Virgin Islands enjoy a tropical climate, moderated by trade winds. The average daily high is about 89 degrees with the average daily low being about 75 degrees for the summer. The rainfall is greater in the hills than on the coast. September and November see more rainfall than the driest months which are February and March.
Sandy Point Wildlife Refuge is located at the southwest end of St. Croix U.S. Virgin Islands, just south of Frederiksted.