Natural Attractions on St. John

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Only accessible by boat, St. John is a unique destination that has managed to keep transportation, among other things, from taking a toll on its underdeveloped landscape.  Thanks to this, and other precautions, a tour of the island can include dozens of natural attractions that include everything from waterfalls to a national park.

Nature Preserves and Hiking

Virgin Islands National Park

Do you hope to spend more of your vacation time seeing the local flaura and fauna? There are several hiking trails and some nature preserves on and near the island.

Virgin Islands National Park is a nature preserve located in central St. John. There are no designated entrances into the Virgin Islands National Park, but Route 20 from the ferry dock will take you to the Visitors Center.

Attractions Map

Travelers looking to find a another great natural attraction should consider visiting opportunities like Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument. The only part of the Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument that is accessible by land is Hurricane Hole. You can reach this spot by taking Route 10 from Curz Bay to Estate Hermitage.

Little Tobago - Great Tobago National Park: Tobago Cay, at the northwest corner of the British Virgin Islands chain is home to Great Tobago (210 acres) and Little Tobago (55 acres) of protected lands established in 1995 as national parks. Birders visit these island because it is the only nesting site in the British Virgin Islands for frigate birds, and divers love the waters around Mercurious Rock.

Take a moment to look through this table for a listing of nature preserves and hiking spots.

Nature Preserves and Hiking On and Near St. John
Name Type Location Island
Lamshur Bay Trail Hiking Trail Central St. John St. John
Little Tobago - Great Tobago National Park Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 5.1 mi. West of Central Jost Van Dyke None
Ram's Head Trail Hiking Trail 2.8 mi. South of Central Coral Bay St. John
Reef Bay Trail Hiking Trail Central St. John St. John
Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 7.4 mi. Southeast of Central downtown Cruz Bay None
Virgin Islands National Park Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve Central St. John St. John
Yawzi Point Trail Hiking Trail 2.0 mi. South-Southwest of Central Coral Bay St. John

Waterfalls and Caves

Treasure Point Caves

Even though most vacationers come for the beautiful water and coastline, those aren't the only way to experience the natural beauty of the land. St. John and nearby areas some great choices, including a waterfall and a cave.

You might enjoy a visit to Petroglyph Pool Waterfall, which is situated in central St. John. 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.

Another option is Treasure Point Caves. It is located on Norman Island, East of St. John. Legend tells that a Creque family fisherman once found a chest of gold doubloons in a cave off Norman Island as he sought shelter from a storm. Though all the treasure appears to be gone, now Treasure Point Caves are a popular spot for snorkeling.

The table just below shows more details regarding waterfalls and caves.

Waterfalls and Caves On and Near St. John
Name Type Location Island
Petroglyph Pool Waterfall Waterfall Central St. John St. John
Treasure Point Caves Cave 7.4 mi. South of Central downtown Road Town Norman Island

Parks

Travelers can experience a park on St. John.

Franklin Powell Park is found in downtown Cruz Bay. 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.

Parks On St. John
Name Type Location Island
Franklin Powell Park Park Downtown Cruz Bay St. John

Zoos and Aquariums

Coral World Ocean Park

If the concept of passing some time with interesting sea life tickles your fancy, you should visit Coral World Ocean Park. Coral World is the ultimate interactive aquarium where you are immersed in the water world of marine life. You will be able to explore and have fun while still learning a thing or two.

Glance through the table just below if you want more information.

Parks and Gardens Near St. John
Name Type Location
Coral World Ocean Park Aquarium 4.2 mi. East of Central Charlotte Amalie
Solberg Farm Zoo 0.5 mi. West-Southwest of Central Charlotte Amalie

Land Formations

Another fun idea is to visit some of the more interesting area land formations. Other types of natural attractions on St. John are shown in the table below.

Land Formations On St. John
Name Type Location
Borck Creek Bay 1.7 mi. North of Central Calabash Boom
Brown Bay Bay 1.9 mi. South of Central West End
Caneel Bay Bay 1.0 mi. North-Northeast of Downtown Cruz Bay
Cinnamon Bay Bay 2.9 mi. Northeast of Central downtown Cruz Bay
Coral Harbour Harbour Coral Bay, Central St. John
Drunk Bay Bay 1.1 mi. South of Central Friis Bay
Francis Bay Bay 3.9 mi. Northeast of Central downtown Cruz Bay
Frank Bay Bay 0.4 mi. West-Southwest of Downtown Cruz Bay
Great Cruz Bay Bay 0.7 mi. South-Southeast of Downtown Cruz Bay
Grootpan Bay Bay 1.6 mi. South West of Central Friis Bay
Hansen Bay Bay 1.9 mi. Northeast of Central Friis Bay
Haulover Bay Bay 6.4 mi. South West of Central downtown Road Town
Hawksnest Bay Bay 1.5 mi. Northeast of Downtown Cruz Bay
Johns Folly Bay Bay 0.5 mi. South of Central Friis Bay
Leinster Bay Bay 5.0 mi. Northeast of Central downtown Cruz Bay
Little Lameshur Bay Bay 1.9 mi. West of Central Friis Bay
Newfound Bay Bay 6.2 mi. South West of Central downtown Road Town
Princess Bay Bay 1.9 mi. North-Northeast of Central Calabash Boom
Salomon Bay Bay 0.7 mi. North of Downtown Cruz Bay
Saltpond Bay Bay 1.3 mi. South-Southwest of Central Friis Bay

If you are looking for more attractions beyond the category on this page, you can think about other locations. For more information about other attractions, see this page.

 

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