Natural Attractions in Cruz Bay

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For many visitors to the island of St. John, Cruz Bay serves as their home base for exploration.  This is true for those who are planning an eco-adventure, or simply like to get outdoors and explore nature's bounty.  Within easy driving distance you'll find a great many natural attractions, including waterfalls, a reserve, parks, and waterways.

Nature Preserves and Hiking

Virgin Islands National Park

Do you want to enjoy part of your vacation seeing the local flaura and fauna? You can explore a few different hiking trails and some nature preserves near Cruz Bay.

Virgin Islands National Park is a nature preserve located 3.2 mi. East of central Cruz Bay. There are no designated entrances into the Virgin Islands National Park, but Route 20 from the ferry dock will take you to the Visitors Center.

Those wanting to find a another great natural attraction should consider visiting places like Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument. Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument is a protected area that was set up to preserve the marine life off the coast of St. John. Specifically, this spot protects a mangrove habitat, the surrounding reef system, and Hurricane Hole.

You can look through the table below for information concerning nature preserves and hiking spots.

Nature Preserves and Hiking Near Cruz Bay
Name Type Location Island
Lamshur Bay Trail Hiking Trail 3.6 mi. East of Central Cruz Bay St. John
Ram's Head Trail Hiking Trail Concordia, 5.9 mi. East of Central Cruz Bay St. John
Reef Bay Trail Hiking Trail 3.3 mi. East of Central Cruz Bay St. John
Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 7.3 mi. Southeast of Central Cruz Bay None
Virgin Islands National Park Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 3.2 mi. East of Central Cruz Bay St. John
Yawzi Point Trail Hiking Trail 4.4 mi. East of Central Cruz Bay St. John

Waterfalls

Even though most vacationers are drawn by the beautiful water and coastline, that isn't the only way to enjoy the area's natural wonders. The one example is Petroglyph Pool Waterfall. It is located 3.1 mi. East of central Cruz Bay. <p>Deep in the Virgin Islands National Park among tall trees, crumpling ruins, and centuries-old carvings you will be able to spot the Petroglyph Pool Waterfall. This tall fall cascades down to fill a pool that is famous for something more than the waterfall alone.</p>

Parks

Guests can also experience the local park in Cruz Bay.

Franklin Powell Park is located in downtown Cruz Bay. Panoramic views of the ocean make this a popular park to visit amongst locals as well as tourists. Annual festivals are often held here, and at those times the park is filled with food and craft vendors, dancers, and live music.

Parks In Cruz Bay
Name Type Location Island
Franklin Powell Park Park Downtown Cruz Bay St. John

Land Formations

Another fun idea is to go see some of the more interesting area land formations. Other options like these in Cruz Bay are shown here:

Land Formations In Cruz Bay
Name Type Location
Caneel Bay Bay 1.0 mi. North-Northeast of Downtown Cruz Bay
Chocolate Hole Bay Bay 1.2 mi. South-Southeast of Downtown Cruz Bay
Cruz Bay Bay 0.2 mi. Northwest of Downtown Cruz Bay
Frank Bay Bay 0.4 mi. West-Southwest of Downtown Cruz Bay
Great Cruz Bay Bay 0.7 mi. South-Southeast of Downtown Cruz Bay
Large Pond Pond 0.3 mi. South of Downtown Cruz Bay
Salomon Bay Bay 0.7 mi. North of Downtown Cruz Bay
Small Pond Pond 0.3 mi. South West of Downtown Cruz Bay
Turner Bay Bay 0.4 mi. South West of Downtown Cruz Bay

Of course, you'll find other kinds attractions available. To get more information about other attractions, visit this page.

 

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