Virgin Islands National Park (St. John)

#1 in Best Things To Do in U.S. Virgin Islands
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Key Info

1300 Cruz Bay Creek

Price & Hours

Free
24/7

Details

Natural Wonders, Free, Neighborhood/Area Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
5.0

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  • 5.0Value
  • 0.0Food Scene
  • 5.0Atmosphere

You don't have to make a special effort to visit the Virgin Islands National Park; if you're on St. John, you're probably standing right on the edge of it. Two-thirds of the island is parkland, and most of Love City's top attractions — Annaberg Plantation, Caneel Bay and Trunk Bay — are within its confines. There are numerous ways to enjoy this tropical paradise. Adventurous travelers should hike at least one of the 22 trails, while families will enjoy camping overnight on the beach.

There is no fee to enter the park, but you'll have to fork over $4 per adult to enjoy Trunk Bay beach. One TripAdvisor user raves that a visit to Trunk Bay is well worth the price: "Trunk Bay is absolutely gorgeous and has all the amenities — sheltered picnic tables, restrooms and a good snack stand. If you want to sit, read and/or watch the world go by this is the very best beach!" 

At Cinnamon Bay, you can rent kayaks, sailboats and other aquatic equipment and vessels for a fee. You'll also need to reserve a campsite in advance if you'd like to stay the night. Read up on all the park's rules and regulations at the National Park Service's website.

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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. "I recommend going early in the morning. Several years ago we arrived around 7 in the morning and we were able to get some photos of empty beaches and had the snorkeling all to ourselves," one TripAdvisor user noted about avoiding crowds.

Be sure to try your hand at the Underwater Trail  a snorkeling path of coral and fish with underwater plaques along the way. Trunk Bay's water is calm enough that even young snorkelers can enjoy the experience.

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