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.
Do you enjoy being outdoors? You can explore a few hiking trails and some nature preserves on and near St. John.
Virgin Islands National Park is a great nature preserve located in central St. John. 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.
Those wanting to find a another great natural attraction should consider visiting opportunities like Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument. Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument is a protected area that was set up to preserve the marine life off the coast of St. John. Specifically, this spot protects a mangrove habitat, the surrounding reef system, and Hurricane Hole.
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.
Check the chart below for more information about nature preserves and hiking spots.
|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|
|Hiking Trail||2.8 mi. South of Central Coral Bay||St. John|
|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|
|Hiking Trail||2.0 mi. South-Southwest of Central Coral Bay||St. John|
Although most vacationers have heard about the beaches, those aren't the only way to experience the natural beauty of the land. St. John and nearby areas multiple options, including a waterfall and a cave.
You might enjoy a visit to Petroglyph Pool Waterfall, which is located 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.
An additional place worth considering is Treasure Point Caves. It is located within Norman Island, East of St. John. Treasure Point Caves are known as a popular snorkeling spot because they are easy for novice snorkelers to manage and offer a beautiful underwater view.
The table directly below lists some key facts regarding waterfalls and caves.
|Petroglyph Pool Waterfall||Waterfall||Central St. John||St. John|
|Treasure Point Caves||Cave||7.4 mi. South of Central downtown Road Town||Norman Island|
Vacationers can spend some time in either of two parks on and near St. John.
Franklin Powell Park is situated in downtown Cruz Bay. Panoramic views of the ocean make this a popular park to visit amongst locals as well as tourists. Annual festivals are often held here, and at those times the park is filled with food and craft vendors, dancers, and live music.
Another popular choice in this category is Butterfly Garden. Guests visiting the -Butterfly Garden will be enchanted and appreciate these very important insects as they encounter hundreds of butterflies. As you walk through the garden, you will be accompanied by a knowledgeable tour guide that will give you interesting, fun facts about butterflies and answer any questions that you may have.
The parks worth looking into are displayed in the following table.
|Butterfly Garden||Botanical Garden||0.7 mi. South-Southeast of Central Charlotte Amalie||St. Thomas|
|Franklin Powell Park||Park||Downtown Cruz Bay||St. John|
|Park||3.5 mi. East-Southeast of Central Charlotte Amalie||St. Thomas|
If the thought of passing some time with interesting sea life tickles your fancy, consider visiting Coral World Ocean Park. Get up close to all the sea animals in this fully immersive and interactive aquarium-water park. Swim with sea lions, or put on high-tech diving equipment and walk beneath the surface of the water, with all the world above you.
Take a minute to read this table for more information about what's available.
|Coral World Ocean Park||Aquarium||4.2 mi. East of Central Charlotte Amalie|
|Zoo||0.5 mi. West-Southwest of Central Charlotte Amalie|
Another idea is to visit some of the more interesting area land formations. Other types of natural attractions on St. John are shown in the chart below.
|Bay||1.7 mi. North of Central Calabash Boom|
|Bay||1.9 mi. South of Central West End|
|Bay||1.0 mi. North-Northeast of Downtown Cruz Bay|
|Bay||2.9 mi. Northeast of Central downtown Cruz Bay|
|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|
|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|
|Bay||6.4 mi. South West of Central downtown Road Town|
|Bay||1.5 mi. Northeast of Downtown Cruz Bay|
|Bay||0.5 mi. South of Central Friis Bay|
|Bay||5.0 mi. Northeast of Central downtown Cruz Bay|
|Little Lameshur Bay||Bay||1.9 mi. West of Central Friis Bay|
|Bay||6.2 mi. South West of Central downtown Road Town|
|Bay||1.9 mi. North-Northeast of Central Calabash Boom|
|Salomon Bay||Bay||0.7 mi. North of Downtown Cruz Bay|
|Bay||1.3 mi. South-Southwest of Central Friis Bay|
If you are seeking a wider variety of attractions beyond just these, you might want to consider other locations. For a more comprehensive look at other attractions, read this page.
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