St. John National Park in the U.S. Virgin Islands is 7,000 acres of jungle, hiking trails, beaches and history. A visitor will see ancient rock carvings, coral reefs, animals and a variety of beaches from rocky to pure white sand.
Most of the beaches on the island of St. John are in the national park and are on the north side of the island. Salomon Bay and Honeymoon Bay are only accessible by trails, have calm waters and are best for swimming. Caneel Bay is best for swimming, accessible from the Caneel Bay Resort and by car or trail and refreshments are available at the hotel. Hawknest Beach is best for swimming, is accessible by car and has a restroom and picnic shed. Denis Bay has calm to gentle surf, is good for swimming and snorkeling and is available by trail and taxi. Jumbie Bay has a mild to choppy surf, a rocky beach and is partially accessible by car then continued by trail. Trunk Bay has an entry fee, calm waters, a concession stand, very good snorkeling, restroom, chairs, showers and lockers and is accessible by taxi or car. Cinnamon Bay has calm waters, refreshments, very good snorkeling, is an archaeological site and is accessible by taxi or car. Maho Bay has calm waters and is accessible by car. Francis Bay has calm waters and is accessible by car or taxi. Leinster/Waterlemon Bay has a sandy pebbly beach and is accessible by car or taxi to the trail.
The Hiking Trails
Lind Point Trail is just more than a mile long and takes about an hour to hike. Caneel Hill Trail is the longest at 2.4 miles and takes about two hours. Caneel Hill Spur Trail is about 0.8 miles long and takes about 40 minutes. Water Catchments Trail is a mile long and takes about 30 minutes. Turtle Point Trail is about 0.6 miles and takes about 30 minutes. Peace Hill is the shortest at just 0.1 miles and takes about 10 minutes. Cinnamon Bay Self-Guiding Trail is about 0.5 miles and takes about one hour. Cinnamon Bay Trail is about 1.1 miles and takes about one hour. Francis Bay Trail is about 0.5 miles and takes about a half hour.
The Annaberg Plantation was once a working sugar factory. Today, it has been mostly taken over by the jungle. The visitor can hike through the ruins past the remains of the factory, slave quarters and windmill. The site also has interactive activities at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.: basket weaving on Tuesday and Wednesday, bread making from Wednesday to Friday and gardening from Tuesday through Friday.