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'll find several beaches to enjoy on the island. Whether you enjoy people watching, or you'd rather have more of the beach to yourself, you're likely to find what you want. Just click on the name of the beach to read a detailed article concerning that particular stretch of sand.

A location where snorkeling is an option 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 option for snorkelers is Cinnamon Bay. Cinnamon Bay's beach is accessible off of Peter Bay Road. A small area for parking is available directly before the beach.

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.

These examples are just a sample of what you can find. Readers can find out more by clicking on this link.

Landmark Attractions

Annaberg Plantation

A landmark worth visiting is Ivan Jadan Museum. It is located 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.

Another landmark that often intrigues visitors is Annaberg Plantation. It is located within 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: 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.

But that's not all -- there are a nice selection of other landmark attractions. For more in formation concerning other interesting places to visit on St. John, follow this link.

Natural Attractions

Virgin Islands National Park

Virgin Islands National Park is one of the local attractions that's a popular stop for vacationers. 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 local site that you might enjoy. 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.

Luckily, you will find a nice selection of choices too. To learn about more natural attractions on and around St. John, go to this page.


Feeling Lucky? Travelers interested in testing their luck on the slots have a handful of venues where they can do so on and around the island.

Parrot Club, which is part of Wharfside Village, 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.

Virgin Luck Games, part of Wharfside Village, is located in downtown Cruz Bay. The ambiance at Virgin Luck Games is classy to say the least, featuring rich mahogany woods and a burgandy sports bar that sets the tone.

Rock Bar Gaming offers a selection of games for visitors to try out, including Blackjack - Video and Other Games. 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.

Review the table below for more information about your options.

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
Virgin Luck Games Wharfside Village -- Downtown Cruz Bay St. John

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