Attractions on St. John

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Among the populated islands in the US Virgin Island chain, St. John is easily the quietest and most natural of the group.  Tourists who plan trips here tend to do so with hopes of spending their days snorkeling, lazing on the beach, and maybe touring the landscape to see the local flora and fauna as well as a few historic homes.  There are also a couple of casino gaming facilities to keep things interesting.


Cinnamon Bay

You will discover a large number of beaches to enjoy on the island. Regardless of whether you prefer people watching, or you prefer a quieter spot, you're likely to find what you want. Just click on the beach names to get additional information concerning that specific beach.

A nice beach where you may find people snorkeling is Hansen Bay Beach. The beautiful beach on Hansen Bay is a little slice of paradise. Located inside the harbor, the waters are calm and clear, and the sand white and warm.

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Another good choice for those who enjoy snorkeling is Cinnamon Bay. Cinnamon Bay's white, sandy shores are part of the adjoining National Park and campground by the same name, where stunning island views and great amenities for guests are available. Prime snorkeling, swimming, hiking, and watersports make great entertainment.

Salomon Bay Beach: Almost always deserted, this beach is hidden away within the lush confines of the national park. It's any easy hike from either Caneel Bay or Cruz Bay.

St. John has a wider range of beaches. To navigate to our page about beaches, visit this page.

Landmark Attractions

Annaberg Plantation

If you are looking to do some sight-seeing, visit Ivan Jadan Museum. It is found in downtown Cruz Bay. The Ivan Jaden Museum is a small educational experience right in Cruz Bay dedicated to the Russian tenor, refugee and fighter for freedom, Ivan Jaden. The museum is dedicated to Jaden and his belief in freedom and the importance of spreading the truth about life in the Soviet Union.

Many travelers also choose to visit Annaberg Plantation. It is found within northeastern St. John. One of the main plantations to support the sugar industry on St. Croix during the 18th and 19th centuries, Annaberg Plantation was owned by the first Danish governor of St. Croix, Frederick Moth. Now, the property is in ruins and is a popular tourist attractions amongst those who wonder about the history of the plantation in the U.S.

Catherineberg Ruins: One of the first settled properties in the U.S. Virgin Islands was the Catherineberg Farm, and the property served as a sugar plantation throughout much of the 18th and 19th centuries.

That's not all -- you'll find some other choices as well. To navigate to our complete guide to other sites worth seeing on the island, navigate to this page.

Natural Attractions

Virgin Islands National Park

Virgin Islands National Park is one of the better known natural attractions. <p>Virgin Islands National Park is a huge endeavor, encompassing more than 7,000 acres on the island of St. John. The diverse landscape of the park lends itself to everything from trail hiking to swimming, and even camping.</p>

Franklin Powell Park is another site you might enjoy. <p>Located close to the ferry dock, Franklin Powell Park is a popular place for both locals and tourist to walk through and relax. You will find plenty of room to walk and some great spots where you can sit and people-watch, and a nice selection of stores and restaurants nearby that provide plenty of options for spending a relaxing few hours while waiting for your ferry, or just enjoying a tropical afternoon.</p>

These examples are just a sample of the options. You can go to this extended discussion which is all about natural attractions on and around the island if you want some more details.


Feeling Lucky? Vacationers who'd like to try their luck will have several alternatives on and around the island.

Parrot Club, a part of Wharfside Village, is located in downtown Cruz Bay. Amidst the hopping nightlife scene on St. John is Parrot Club, the island's only gaming center. This keeps things busy because tourists don't have much choice, yet, the cool atmosphere makes it clear that it would stand out even if it were not the sole option.

Rock Bar Gaming, which is on the premises of Port Of Sale Mall, is found within Charlotte Amalie, West of St. John. Every night is a good night at the Rock Gaming Bar. Grab a drink and test your luck as you how fun in the intense atmosphere and listening to the current music hits.

The table right below provides you with a few details concerning the casinos on and around St. John.

Gambling On and Near St. John
Name Located At Phone Location Island
Parrot Club Wharfside Village (340) 715-2582 Downtown Cruz Bay St. John
Rock Bar Gaming Port Of Sale Mall (340) 775-9741 Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas

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