Virgin Islands National Park (St. John)#1 in Best Things To Do in U.S. Virgin Islands
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If you're on St. John during your Virgin Islands vacation, you're likely right on the edge of Virgin Islands National Park. Two-thirds of the island is parkland, and most of Love City's top attractions, such as Annaberg Plantation and Trunk Bay Beach, are within its confines. There are numerous ways to enjoy this tropical paradise. Adventurous travelers and families alike have their choice of more than 20 trails to hike.
Some sections of the park, such as popular Cinnamon Bay Resort and its campgrounds, are still undergoing repair and revitalization following the 2017 hurricanes. But travelers agreed that there's still plenty to do at the park, enjoying the different beaches and hiking trails it offers, not to mention the water activities, such as boating and snorkeling.
The park is open 24/7 daily, year-round, but the visitor center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. There is no fee to enter the park, but you'll have to fork over $5 per adult to enjoy Trunk Bay Beach. Be sure to check the status of the park and its trails on the park's website before you visit.
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#2 Trunk Bay (St. John)
To some, Trunk Bay is the mecca of beaches. You'll be hard-pressed to find another Caribbean beach with sand quite so pearly or water so aquamarine. And as it's cocooned by the Virgin Islands National Park, Trunk Bay still maintains its otherworldly serenity despite its constant barrage of tourists.
Be sure to try your hand at the underwater snorkeling path. It's 225 yards long and is full of coral and fish with underwater plaques along the way. Though a fun experience, some travelers said the path itself is unimpressive and shows damage following 2017's hurricanes Irma and Maria. Others recommend going to the far end of Trunk Bay for the best snorkeling.
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