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.
Do you want to spend part of your vacation under the open sky? You can experience several 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. Before entering the Virgin Islands National Park, most guests make it a point to stop at the Visitor Center, which features exhibits about the area's history, an activity schedule, maps, and more. Park rangers are on site to help you plan your outing.
Travelers wanting to find a another great natural attraction should consider visiting choices like Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument. Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument is located off the coast of St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands, and is popular amongst snorkelers.
Take a minute to read the table just below for more information about nature preserves and hiking spots.
|Hiking Trail||3.6 mi. East of Central Cruz Bay||St. John|
|Hiking Trail||Concordia, 5.9 mi. East of Central Cruz Bay||St. John|
|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|
|Hiking Trail||4.4 mi. East of Central Cruz Bay||St. John|
Even though most tourists have heard about 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. 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.
Vacationers can also visit the local park in Cruz Bay.
Franklin Powell Park is located within 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.
|Franklin Powell Park||Park||Downtown Cruz Bay||St. John|
Another idea is to visit some of the more interesting naturally occurring land formations. Fully natural attractions like these in Cruz Bay are listed down below.
|Bay||1.0 mi. North-Northeast of Downtown Cruz Bay|
|Bay||1.2 mi. South-Southeast of Downtown Cruz Bay|
|Bay||0.2 mi. Northwest of Downtown Cruz Bay|
|Frank Bay||Bay||0.4 mi. West-Southwest of Downtown Cruz Bay|
|Bay||0.7 mi. South-Southeast of Downtown Cruz Bay|
|Pond||0.3 mi. South of Downtown Cruz Bay|
|Salomon Bay||Bay||0.7 mi. North of Downtown Cruz Bay|
|Pond||0.3 mi. South West of Downtown Cruz Bay|
|Bay||0.4 mi. South West of Downtown Cruz Bay|
If you are looking for more attractions beyond just these, you might want to think about other locations. Use this link to find our discussion of other interesting attractions for Cruz Bay.
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