Virgin Islands National Park

Virgin Islands National Park

Planning Your Visit

Operating Hours & Seasons

Most of the park remains open 24 hours a day year-round, but some areas maintain closing hours. The Cruz Bay Visitor Center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and is just a short walk from the public ferry dock. The telephone number is (340) 776-6201, ext. 238.

The center offers exhibits, brochures, maps, books and activity schedules. Park rangers can help you plan your visit, including hikes, historical tours, snorkeling, cultural craft demonstrations, and evening campground demonstrations. 

Park Areas - Three beautiful beaches and a campground are just part of the park facilities. The picnic areas are wheelchair accessible.

Trunk Bay is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, and has an underwater snorkeling trail. Other facilities include a bathhouse, snack bar, souvenir shop and snorkel gear rentals. Lifeguards are on duty daily. These facilities close at 4 p.m.

Cinnamon Bay has a water sports center that rents snorkel gear and windsurfers, and can arrange day sailing, snorkeling and scuba diving lessons. A campground with bare tent sites, prepared sites and cottages is adjacent to the beach. There is also a camp store. Call (340) 776-6330 or (800) 539-9998 for camping reservations. The campground closes to unregistered guests at 10 p.m.

Hawksnest has changing rooms, picnic tables, grills and restrooms. It is the closest beach driving from Cruz Bay. Restroom facilities do not close, but amplified music is not allowed and there is a 10 p.m. noise curfew.

Fees & Reservations

There is no charge for entrance into Virgin Islands National Park. However, a same-day user fee is collected at Trunk Bay. Children age 16 and under are admitted free; adults, $4; individual annual pass, $10; family annual pass, $15; Golden Age and Golden Access annual cardholders are admitted half price.

There is a self-registration fee of $15 for overnight anchoring or mooring between the hours of 5 p.m. and 7 a.m. Golden Age/Access Passport holders pay half price. Overnight fees must be paid prior to spending the night.

Overnight stays in the Park waters are limited to 30 nights in a particular calendar year, and no more than seven consecutive nights in one bay.

Payment stations are located at Cruz Bay Finger Pier, Caneel Bay Watersports Shop, Hawksnest Bay, Maho Bay Camp, Leinster Bay, Saltpond Bay, and Great Lameshur Bay.

 

Directions

Ferry service for passengers and vehicles is the only means of getting to and from St. John.

Once on St. John there are no designated entrances to Virgin Islands National Park, although two main routes will provide access to many areas. Route 20 (North Shore Road) runs from the ferry dock past the Visitors Center to the most contiguous part of the Park, including most beaches and the campgrounds as well. Large and small tracts of private lands are found within the authorized boundary of the park.

Two main roads will get visitors throughout the Park. They are Centerline Road (Route 10) and the North Shore Road (Route 20). Route 20 provides access to most beaches such as Hawknest, Trunk Bay and Cinnamon Bay. Route 10 runs through the center of the Island and will provide access to Salt Pond Bay and Lameshur Bay.

The best and safest way of getting around the Park and the Island would be by vehicle. Bicycles are not recommended due to steep and winding roads.

Car
Several vehicle rental agencies in the Cruz Bay area rent a variety of vehicles, ranging from jeeps and mini sport utility vehicles to the larger sport utility vehicles. Although the standard left-hand driver’s position is found on all vehicles, driving is on the opposite side of the road, with vehicles keeping to the left at all times. It must be noted that parking is limited at many Park sites as well as in the downtown Cruz Bay area.

Public Transportation
VITRAN buses travel between Cruz Bay and Salt Pond Bay (on the southeastern side of the Island) along Centerline Road (Route 10). The bus leave from the public ferry dock at 20 minutes past the hour beginning at 6 a.m. and ending at 7:25 p.m. daily.

Getting Around
Two main roads will get visitors throughout the Park. They are Centerline Road (Route 10) and the North Shore Road (Route 20). Route 20 provides access to most beaches such as Hawknest, Trunk Bay and Cinnamon Bay. Route 10 runs through the center of the Island and will provide access to Salt Pond Bay and Lameshur Bay.

The best and safest way of getting around the Park and the Island would be by vehicle. Bicycles are not recommended due to steep and winding roads.

Traffic & Travel Tips

Ferry Service
Passenger ferries run between Cruz Bay and St. Thomas (and the British Virgin Islands). The Red Hook ferry runs hourly (departing St. John) from 6 a.m. to midnight (departing Red Hook). The Charlotte Amalie ferry leaves from the downtown dock less frequently.

Vehicle ferry service is also available, departing from Red Hook [approx. schedule], arriving at the new vehicle ferry dock located away from the downtown area.

Land-based Transportation
Open-air safari taxis leave from Cruz Bay to island-wide destinations. Two and three-hour tours are available by the taxi drivers.

Several agencies rent a variety of vehicles, ranging from Jeeps and mini sport utility vehicles to the larger sport utility vehicles. Although the standard left-hand driver's position is found on all vehicles, driving is on the opposite side of the road, with vehicles keeping to the left at all times.