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 spend time out in the fresh air? There are several hiking trails and some nature preserves on and near the island.

Virgin Islands National Park is a popular 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

Travelers looking to find a another great natural attraction should consider visiting sites 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: Great Tobago and Little Tobago are popular spots for birders because these islands are the only nesting grounds for frigate birds in the British Virgin Island chain. Divers also love the waters surrounding the islands because of the shoal, shallow reef, and sand channels.

Take some time to 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

Although most visitors are drawn by the beautiful water and coastline, that isn't the only way to experience the natural beauty of the land. St. John and nearby areas some interesting choices, including a waterfall and a cave.

You might want to visit Petroglyph Pool Waterfall, which is located in central St. John. Although the waterfall is attractions enough, it is historic petroglyphs here that really draw tourists to this spot. At the base along the walls and just above the waterline, you will find carvings made by the Taino Natives etched into the rock wall.

An additional place worth considering is Treasure Point Caves. It is situated 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 following chart enables you to learn a few details 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

Vacationers can spend some time in 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 spending some time at an aquarium tickles your fancy, consider visiting 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.

Check out the following chart to learn more.

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 popular naturally occurring land formations. Other types of natural attractions on St. John are summarized down 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

Keep in mind that you can find plenty of other attraction types available too. Visit this page dedicated to even more attractions if you'd like to discover more details.

 

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