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 several beaches to enjoy on the island. Whether you prefer being around other people, or you prefer a more secluded spot, you should find some appealing options. Click on the name of each beach to read a detailed article concerning that individual beach.

If you are looking for a place to snorkel, a location where that is an option is Hansen Bay Beach. Hansen Bay Beach is located just off East End Road.

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Another good choice for those who enjoy snorkeling 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.

The island is home to quite a few other beaches. Readers can find out more by following this link.

Landmark Attractions

Annaberg Plantation

If you are looking to do some sight-seeing, visit 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 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.

This island includes a nice selection of sites to visit. Navigate to this page which is all about landmarks on the island if you'd like some more information.

Natural Attractions

Virgin Islands National Park

Virgin Islands National Park is one of the outdoor attractions you should 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.

Another option you might enjoy is Franklin Powell Park. 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.

St. John includes a nice selection of nature attractions. To learn more about natural attractions on and around the island, click here.


Vacationers don't usually go to St. John for its gambling opportunities, but there is one such venue, Parrot Club. <p>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.</p>


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