Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge

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Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge
IUCN category IV (habitat/species management area)
Map showing the location of Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge
Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge
Location St. Croix, Virgin Islands, USA
Nearest city Frederiksted, VI
Coordinates 17°40′40″N 64°54′0″W / 17.67778°N 64.90000°W / 17.67778; -64.90000Coordinates: 17°40′40″N 64°54′0″W / 17.67778°N 64.90000°W / 17.67778; -64.90000
Area 360 acres (146 ha)
Established 1984
Visitors 11,000 (in 2005)
Governing body U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge preserves habitat for threatened and endangered species, with particular emphasis on the Leatherback Sea Turtle (Dermochelys coriacea). Its two miles (3 km) of sandy beaches on the southwest corner of Saint Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands is an ideal nesting place for leatherbacks. The National Wildlife Refuge is open to the public for limited hours on Saturdays and Sundays.

The Aklis Archeological Site, dating back to the year 400 and occupied for over 200 years, is in the refuge. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The last scene of the 1994 movie The Shawshank Redemption was filmed in the refuge.

Sandy Point NWR is administered as part of the Caribbean Islands National Wildlife complex.

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