Virgin Islands National Park

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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.

Before entering the Virgin Islands National Park, most guests make it a point to stop at the Visitor Center, which features exhibits about the area's history, an activity schedule, maps, and more. Park rangers are on site to help you plan your outing. The most visited areas are the parks, which are both beaches and camp grounds. Each park features picnic facilities and wheelchair access. These parks are Trunk Bay (one of the most beautiful beaches in the world), Cinnamon Bay (a favored spot for snorkeling and scuba), and Hawksnest (fun for family events like barbecuing). Hiking trails, coral reefs, and historic ruins also dot the property, so it can take days and even weeks to explore all that this park has to offer.


Positioned on the northern part of the island of St. John, 3.3 miles east of downtown Cruz Bay, Virgin Islands National Park always welcomes local customers and travelers lodging on this part of the island. But even if you aren't staying very close, you are free to stop by to check it out. If you're curious, Coral Bay is two miles (three and a half kilometers) to the east.

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.

Nearby Restaurants

And, one of the most delightful possibilities while spending a few hours exploring the area could be enjoying food at a restaurant within traveling distance of the nature preserve. The most convenient place to eat to Virgin Islands National Park is T'ree Lizards Restaurant, which offers American meals. The restaurant is a short distance away, but far-removed enough that you will probably decide to arrange for employing a method of transport to get there. Gwen's and Coral Bay Caribbean Oasis are some of the other food and drink options near Virgin Islands National Park. At Coral Bay Caribbean Oasis you and your party should test out Caribbean food and enjoy the Virgin Islands scene.

Nearby Attractions

Other types of nearby activities include Cinnamon Bay Plantation Ruins, which is three quarters of a mile away St. John. Furthermore, you can consider heading over to Catherineberg Ruins, which is another attraction close by.

Wildlife reservations are nice for a few hours here and there, but there's more to visit in the Virgin Islands. The following list contains attractions that are nearby.

Attractions Near Virgin Islands National Park
Attraction Type Distance Direction Location Island
Cinnamon Bay Plantation Ruins Historic Site 0.7 mi. (4.2 km) NW 2.6 mi. West of Coral Bay St. John
Catherineberg Ruins Historic Site 1.0 mi. (3.6 km) W 2.2 mi. East-Northeast of Cruz Bay St. John
Fredriksdal Plantation Ruins Historic Site 1.2 mi. (2.7 km) NE 1.7 mi. Northwest of Coral Bay St. John
Rebellion Gut Historic Site 1.5 mi. (2.8 km) SW 1.8 mi. East of Cruz Bay St. John
Annaberg Plantation Historic Site 1.6 mi. (2.4 km) NE 1.5 mi. Northwest of Coral Bay St. John
Lameshur Bay Ruins Historic Site -- -- 2.0 mi. South-Southwest of Coral Bay St. John
Emmaus Moravian Church Historic Site 2.1 mi. (0.2 km) E Coral Bay St. John
Yawzi Point Trail GeoFeature 2.2 mi. (3.2 km) SE 2.0 mi. South-Southwest of Coral Bay St. John

More Information


Virgin Islands National Park is open 24 hours a day every day of the year, however, there are some sites on property with operating hours. The Cruz Bay Visitor Center is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:40 p.m., Trunk Bay is open from sun up to 4:00 p.m., and Cinnamon Bay is open from sun up to 10:00 p.m.


Entrance to the Virgin Islands National Park is free, however, there are some sites within the park that charge a one day fee. Trunk Bay, for example, charges $4(USD) per adult aged 17 and up. You can purchase family annual passes for $15(USD) and individual annual passes for $10(USD).

Location: 1300 Cruz Bay Creek, St. John


(340) 776-6201, ext. 238



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