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.

Location

Located on the northern part of the island of St. John, 3.3 miles east of downtown Cruz Bay, Virgin Islands National Park welcomes residents and tourists lodging on this part of the island or close by. Even if you aren't staying in this location, you should think about stopping by to enjoy a great time. It is 2.0 miles west of Coral Bay.

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 enjoyable options while spending some time exploring the area is sharing food at a restaurant within traveling distance of the wildlife reservation. The nearest restaurant to Virgin Islands National Park is Chateau Bordeaux Restaurant, which offers Caribbean dishes. The restaurant is maybe about a half mile away from this nature preserve, so stop by and enjoy a meal. Also close-by, you and your party will have options such as T'ree Lizards Restaurant and Gwen's so you don't need to be picky, since you'll find a few different restaurant options.

Nearby Attractions

Other types of local activities include Cinnamon Bay Plantation Ruins, which is three quarters of a mile away St. John. You might want to also think about visiting Catherineberg Ruins, which is another attraction in the vicinity.

If you're looking for plenty of activities to keep you or your family busy, you'll find the closest ones in the following table.

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

Hours

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.

Cost

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 $5(USD) per adult aged 17 and up. You can purchase family annual passes for $30(USD) and individual annual passes for $20(USD).

Location: 1300 Cruz Bay Creek, St. John

Phone

(340) 776-6201, ext. 238

Website

http://www.nps.gov/viis/index.htm

 

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