The Virgin Islands National Park is located mostly on St. John but also includes some of the surrounding areas. It attracts many tourists each year and is highly praised for its ebullient natural beauty. The Park includes a whopping 60 % of the island, as well as the Annaberg Historic District and the Catherineberg Sugar Mill Ruins. It also oversees nearby Hassel Island. All told, including the oceans, the Park runs over about 15,000 acres. It’s home to many of the beaches on St. John, like the popular Honeymoon Beach, as well as miles of hiking trails, such as the Bordeaux Mountain Trail, which run through the tropical rainforests, and is also well-known for its great snorkeling locations.

Cruz Bay is the “entry point” to the Park, and here you’ll find the Cruz Bay Visitor Center which hands out information about the Park, with maps and tons of brochures and a few displays about the natural and cultural history of the setting. If you want to go hiking, certainly pick up one of the hiker’s guides, which give details about each trail including things like length and relative difficulty. If you’re interested in some tourist trinkets, T-shirts, or books, there’s also a gift shop at the Visitor Center. Here, you can talk to park rangers and ask them any questions you may have about the Park itself.

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