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Cinnamon Bay Nature Trail
Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Hiking Trails
Little Lameshur Bay
Beaches, Hiking Trails, Bodies of Water
Francis Bay
Beaches, Bodies of Water
Coral Bay
Neighbourhoods, Bodies of Water
Maho Bay
Beaches, Bodies of Water
Little Lameshur Bay
Beaches, Hiking Trails, Bodies of Water
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Scott Bay Beach Caneel Bay
#1 of 49 Nature & Parks in St. John
Just magical and a nature lovers paradise!!!
Must pay to park if you are not staying there.
Hansen Bay Beach East End
#2 of 49 Nature & Parks in St. John
Highly recommend Hansen Bay! Small donation to park and sit on the beach all.
We were greeted by Thalia who was sweet as can be and she explained that it was $2.50/person to park the car and anything we wanted to use was included in the cost or for a donation.
Maho Beach Cruz Bay
#3 of 49 Nature & Parks in St. John
We love this beach for it's convenience (very nice to park across the street when lugging all that beach gear) , it's beautiful soft sand and crystal clear water and for all the available natural shade.
Golden white sand; aqua, turquoise, green, blue water; plenty of beautiful wildlife--land, air, and water; yatchs, cats, sailboats moored a hundred yards off shore; all this in a National Park--protected and prist...
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Ram Head Trail
#4 of 49 Nature & Parks in St. John
The southeast side of the island is much less populated, so there's less of the feeling that you're in a suburban park and more of a feeling that you're in a national park.
I highly recommend this outing if you like nature.
Trunk Bay Virgin Islands National Park
#5 of 49 Nature & Parks in St. John
One of only two Underwater National Parks, the other being in Hawaii, Trunk bay offers an amazing beach, an abundance of sea life and excellent food and amenities.
What an amazing beach, some of the most beautiful water I have seen, and in an amazing national park, what a great combo!!!
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Salomon Beach
#6 of 49 Nature & Parks in St. John
It was a short 20 minute hike from Cruz Bay (we started right at the national park visitor center), and the trail that leads there was easy to do (even in flip flops) and also very enjoyable.
Hike up the Lind Point Trail from the National Park Service Visitors Center (the stairs up are right behind it) or hike down from Caneel Bay past Honeymoon Beach.
Waterlemon Cay Virgin Islands National Park
#7 of 49 Nature & Parks in St. John
After a nice, level hike you'll find a very small beach area that you can park your butt for the day or you can continue on the trail to a nice rocky area where you can begin your day of snorkeling.
The marine park beside whistling key was full of life and made for an excellent snorkel trip.
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Maho Bay Virgin Islands National Park
#8 of 49 Nature & Parks in St. John
This beach in the national park has lovely sand beaches, decent snorkeling and usually has several sea turtles grazing in the depths.
Just go! Go early! Park at the gravel lot- swim to the sea grass and swim with turtles!
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Cinnamon Bay Virgin Islands National Park
#9 of 49 Nature & Parks in St. John
If you like quiet, beauty, nature, snorkeling, and can do without having heaps of beach bars around, this is the beach for you (they do have a place that rents out kayaks, paddle boards, snorkel gear, as well as a...
Great beach all sand, perfect for kids on national park campgrounds.
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Honeymoon Beach Caneel Bay
#10 of 49 Nature & Parks in St. John
A quick stop at the Parks building got us wonderful directions from the terrific lady working there on how to follow the Lind Point Trail out to Honeymoon Beach.
If you're on a cruise, take an excursion to St John with a boat that sails 45 minutes to St Thomas, then a mini bus that takes you to the privately owned Honeymoom Beach (inside the Virgin Island Natural Park) and...
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Reef Bay Trail Virgin Islands National Park
#11 of 49 Nature & Parks in St. John
The guided trail hike is a one way trip, Down Hill! the guided trail hike ends with a boat ride back to the national Park center in Cruze Bay
Through the Nat'l Park Visitor's center which is right in little Cruz Bay we signed up in advance for a guided tour with Ranger Deanna (and Isaiah).
Francis Bay
#12 of 49 Nature & Parks in St. John
We did the little nature hike down to it and saw a deer right in front of us and some cool birds.
Recommend getting there early to Park.Snorkling and nice trail through Mangroves.
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Hawksnest Beach Virgin Islands National Park
#13 of 49 Nature & Parks in St. John
The scenery is amazing and the national park is excellent.
There's plenty of shade, bathrooms, signs with information on the area (after all, it's part of a national park), and gazebos with benches and seating.
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Coral Bay
#14 of 49 Nature & Parks in St. John
Rent a Jeep to get here and simply park alongside the road to enjoy short or long hikes to great secluded beaches with superb snorkeling.
It's a trek on sometimes scary two lane , amusement park feeling narrow roads with roller coaster hills and hairpin turns but it's so laid back and beautiful.
Salt Pond Bay Virgin Islands National Park
#15 of 49 Nature & Parks in St. John
And visits from fish and sea turtles browsing close to shore offer a lovely communal with Nature.
Whenever the National Park is involved you can count on picnic tables, a pit toilet, trails, and good snorkeling.
Jumbie Beach Virgin Islands National Park
#16 of 49 Nature & Parks in St. John
Park across the road and just a short walk on a trail will bring you to this lovely little beach.
It is a beautiful white sand beach surrounded by the park.
Little Lameshur Bay Virgin Islands National Park
#17 of 49 Nature & Parks in St. John
Keep in mind that the National Park Service offers a guided, more shaded, and all downhill hike to those locations that concludes with a ferry ride back to the NPS dock in Cruz Bay.
Once you reach your destination, you can park right at the beach, which is sandy with a pebble entry to the glass clear water.
Leinster Bay Virgin Islands National Park
#18 of 49 Nature & Parks in St. John
Oppenheimer Beach Cruz Bay
#19 of 49 Nature & Parks in St. John
This is a very favorite National Park beach with only a few beach goers daily.
Or you can drop your stuff off at the gate and park in the lot at Peace hill and walk back.
Turtle Bay Caneel Bay
#20 of 49 Nature & Parks in St. John
Caneel Bay Beach Caneel Bay
#21 of 49 Nature & Parks in St. John
Once you park, this beach is easily reached on foot.
Lind Point Trail Cruz Bay
#22 of 49 Nature & Parks in St. John
The Lind Point Trail starts behind the Virgin Islands National Park Visitors Center and takes you up a flight of wooden stairs where you then go to the left and take a few more stair up to the trail.
We hiked the Lind Point Trail from the National Park center to Solomon Beach and then over to Honeymoon.
Cinnamon Bay Nature Trail Virgin Islands National Park
#23 of 49 Nature & Parks in St. John
This is a self-guiding NATURE trail across the road from Cinnamon Bay Campground.
This is an easy trail for kids and those looking for a little nature without a lot of effort.
Drunk Bay Trail Coral Bay
#24 of 49 Nature & Parks in St. John
A very special place to enjoy mother nature.
Look for shells among the rocks but remember no collecting is allowed within the National Park.
Francis Bay Trail Virgin Islands National Park
#25 of 49 Nature & Parks in St. John
The trail is challenging so if you want an easier option park at the beach and walk along the boardwalk
Best nature trail on the island
Gibney Beach
#26 of 49 Nature & Parks in St. John
The bummer is that somewhere either on this little beach or up where you park or back at the 2 stops we made before here (lookout and Caneel parking lot) we LOST the 2 little SD cards for the camera!!
This beach is not a part of the national park but the family who owns it is gracious enough to share it with those who can find it.
Caneel Bay Virgin Islands National Park
#27 of 49 Nature & Parks in St. John
You actually park at the resort and as long as you drink or eat $20 worth you can have your parking validated and park for free.
You can also park outside of the resort driveway and walk in.
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National Park Underwater Trail Virgin Islands National Park
#28 of 49 Nature & Parks in St. John
Beautiful park, breathing vistas
Hurricane Hole
#29 of 49 Nature & Parks in St. John
Haulover Bay
#30 of 49 Nature & Parks in St. John
This bay is secluded and on the narrowest park of STJ.