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Cruz Bay Visitor Center

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Address: Virgin Islands National Park, St. John
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Find out all about St. John and the Virgin Islands National Park at this...

Find out all about St. John and the Virgin Islands National Park at this major source of information on sightseeing, recreation and accommodations.

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We were interested in a guided group hike, but unfortunately the hikes were booked way in advance, we couldn't book it. If this is something you are interested in doing, would... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 9 May 2016
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157 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Worth the stop to get maps, books, & t-shirts. They have some nice history about the island and will share tips on great places to visit while on St. John. Very friendly and helpful staff. Buy a gift or shirt to support the National Parks!

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1 Thank Lovetotravelforfun
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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73 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

We visited no less than three times in five days, and each time the staff was friendly and went above and beyond to assist us in planning hikes and visits throughout the park. The on-site store here is better than the Friends of the Park store in Mongoose Junction. My only disappointment is that we did not have a chance... More 

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Thank km1372
Cranford
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016

I'm trying to do all the national parks so I've been to a lot of visitor centers. Very small one here. I didn't even see a film here (maybe I missed it). Wanted to get a "100 year of the national parks patch" at this site but didn't see any. A small shop and some exhibits. This seems to just... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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278 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016

The Virgin Island National Park Visitors Center is a large building in Cruz Bay, with a children's playground next door. The rangers/staff are very helpful, there are bathrooms, and as expensive as everything is in St. John, I thought the gift shop items were very tasteful and reasonably priced. You may want to consider the Reef Bay Hike, which you... More 

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Fairfield, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2016

They were very friendly and patient answering all our questions and also provided an array of options to explore St. John.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2016

Free maps, a few nice displays on local culture and nature. Super friendly service. Nice, national-park-quality souvenirs. Definitely worth it to drop in here and chat with the people manning the desk for tips on snorkeling and sights to see.

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3 Thank Nell C
Tavares, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2016

This is definitely the first place to go when you get to St John. Everything you need to know about Virgin Islands National Park. Maps, books, exhibits, activities schedule, even souvenirs. I picked up a hikers guide that was priceless for my adventures. Every trail on the island, including length and degree of difficulty. Also a beautiful facility, right on... More 

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3 Thank FlaHarlock
Furstenfeldbruck, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2016 via mobile

You can park at the visitors center. There are souvenirs, t-shirts, books, etc. available for purchase. You will also find free maps of St. John. The staff we talked to was very nice and knew a lot about St. John and the neighboring islands. At the visitor's center, you will also receive a parking permit (for free) if you intend... More 

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3 Thank Hauke M
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2016

We were interested in a guided group hike, but unfortunately the hikes were booked way in advance, we couldn't book it. If this is something you are interested in doing, would recommend you head over to try to schedule as soon as you arrive. There weren't a lot of other options, but a few, we passed.

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1 Thank GottaloveMaine
Elverson, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2016

We took a catamaran tour for snorkeling. The captain, Ivan and Anna were awesome!!! The good was great, the tour made the trip. We swam with so many turtles

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