Parks and Reserves on St. John

A National Park and Amazing Reserves on St. John

Pristine tropical beaches, lush forests and vast green valleys—the wild and beautiful nature of St. John will really take your breath away. In order to protect the pristine beauty of this Caribbean Island, the Virgin Islands National Park was created. This protected area is famous for snorkeling and scuba diving and has miles of hiking trails through the tropical rainforest.

Virgin Islands National Park

The Virgin Islands National Park on St. John is a treat to explore, as it offers bright and vibrant coral reefs, plantation ruins, pristine beaches and lush tropical forests. Stroll down a meandering trail and admire the scenic lookout points ending at the shoreline of a gorgeous remote beach.

This park is very well developed, which makes exploring it easy and enjoyable. Trails are well marked and simple to follow, so bring your hiking shoes and go exploring! The top points of interest are the Cinnamon Bay Plantation ruins, Trunk Bay, Cinnamon Bay and Annaberg Plantation. Popular activities in the park include exploring the tranquil waters in a kayak, snorkeling and admiring the diverse underwater life, spotting tropical birds and taking thrilling fishing excursions.

Hassel Island

Once a peninsula that was connected to St. Thomas, Hassel Island was separated in the 1860s by the Danish Government so that water and vessels could circulate in the Charlotte Amalie harbour. Scenic Hassel Island is home to four historical structures that are now listed on the National Historic Places Registry, including the remains of a British military garrison that was constructed during the British occupation of the USVI in the 1800s.

Trunk Bay

Sink your toes into the sand of the stunning beach at Trunk Bay, considered the most beautiful beach on St. John and one of the most pristine islands in the Caribbean. Rent snorkel gear on the beach, dive into the warm, clear waters, and get ready to explore more than 650 feet of underwater trails.

Trunk Bay is a popular spot for underwater photography, as the incredibly clean water and the colorful sea life make for amazing snapshots. After snorkeling, take a hike around the ruins of the historic Trunk Bay sugar plantations that tell the story of St. John’s past as a Danish colony.

Relax at the end of a day of explorations in St John parks and reserves with a sunset seafood dinner on the beach and a few fruity cocktails in the warm evening breeze.

 

Bordeaux Mountain


Virgin Islands National Park
St. John,

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Caneel Hill Spur Trail


Cruz Bay
St. John,

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Caneel Hill Trail


Cruz Bay
St. John,

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