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.


Hansen Bay Beach

You will discover an abundance of beaches to consider visiting on the island. Regardless of whether you prefer being around other people, or you like having more of the beach to yourself, you should find some appealing options. Just click on the beach names for a detailed guide to that beach.

A beach where snorkeling is a popular is Hansen Bay Beach. Hansen Bay Beach is located just off East End Road.

Attractions Map

Another top pick for snorkeling fans is Cinnamon Bay. Located on the northern coast of St. John, Cinnamon Bay provides a long strip of white, sandy beach, surrounded by the natural foliage of the Virgin Islands National Park. A nature trail with information signs on tropical foilage is just across from the campground and begins at the ruins of a sugar mill.

Salomon Bay Beach: The small 25 yard stretch of coast features powder soft sands in hues of tan and off-white depending on how high the tide. Short, fat palm trees dot the shore, while further back the grow tall and skinny and turn into the the thick greenery of the national park.

St. John has quite a few other beaches. Click here to read our page dedicated to beaches for St. John.

Landmark Attractions

Annaberg Plantation

Many travelers choose to visit Ivan Jadan Museum. It is located in downtown Cruz Bay. To pursue its dedication, the Ivan Jaden Museum features music, collections, and writings, as well as a number of books about the dark history of the Soviet Union, a fact that Jaden fought to reveal since leaving Russia in 1941.

Many travelers also choose to visit Annaberg Plantation. It is located in northeastern St. John. A number of buildings associated with sugar production, including a windmill, factory, and slave quarters, although in ruins, are all a part of a tour of this property.

Catherineberg Ruins: Visitors who tour this property will encounter 18th century era factory buildings, a windmill tower, a horse mill, and ruins of other plantation buildings.

That's not all -- you will find a range of other options as well. For a more thorough discussion of other interesting places to visit on the island, use this link.

Natural Attractions

Virgin Islands National Park

Virgin Islands National Park is one of the natural attractions you might consider visiting. 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.

Franklin Powell Park is another option that needs mentioning. 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.

These are only a few of the available options. If you'd like to find out more concerning natural attractions on and around St. John, can easily do so by going to this page.


Looking for a bit of action? Guests interested in testing their luck have a handful of venues where they can do so on and around the island.

Parrot Club, a part of Wharfside Landing, is found within 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 in Charlotte Amalie, West of St. John. The gaming bar is open daily from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 a.m.

The gaming choices on and around St. John are listed here:

Gambling On and Near St. John
Name Located At Phone Location Island
Parrot Club Wharfside Landing (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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