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 want to enjoy part of your vacation out in the fresh air? There are a few hiking trails and some nature preserves on and near St. John.

Virgin Islands National Park is a nature preserve situated 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.

Attractions Map

Those wanting to locate a another great natural attraction will be interested in seeing sites 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: These two islands are accessible by boat.

Look through this table for more information.

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 people visiting the area are drawn by the beautiful water and coastline, those aren't the only way to enjoy the natural wonders available. St. John and nearby areas multiple choices, including a waterfall and a cave.

You should consider visiting Petroglyph Pool Waterfall, which is located within central St. John. The only way to reach the waterfall is to hike down a couple of trails. Due to unforeseen closures and weather conditions, it is highly recommended that you stop by the Visitor's Center and pick up a current map and talk to a Park Ranger about any urgent information.

An additional place worth considering 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 chart directly below enables you to get some key facts concerning 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

Visitors can enjoy either of two parks on and near St. John.

Franklin Powell Park is located 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.

The parks worth looking into can be seen here:

Parks On and Near St. John
Name Type Location Island
Franklin Powell Park Park Downtown Cruz Bay St. John
Nadir Recreation Area Park 3.5 mi. East-Southeast of Central Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas

Zoos and Aquariums

Coral World Ocean Park

If the concept of spending some time with interesting sea life sounds like fun, 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.

Glance through this table 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 idea is to go see some of the more interesting area land formations. Other options like these 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 want to learn about a wider selection of points of interest beyond the category on this page, you should expand your planning horizon. If you'd like to get more details concerning other attractions on this page.

 

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