The incredible beauty of St. John will leave you breathless. The entire island, from the forested hills to the glistening sapphire waters, is a treasure. The Virgin Islands National Park encompasses a large portion of the land and surrounding waters and it is the Park that is the island's main attraction. St. John is very easy to explore. One road runs across the center of the island and another along the north shore. Driving or hiking around the island will lead you through lush forest, over mountaintops and along lovely coastlines and beaches.
Cruz Bay, the main town on St. John, offers visitors colorful shops and restaurants and friendly bars. All ferries come into Cruz Bay, so your adventures on St. John will begin there. It won’t take you long to cover Cruz Bay but it is definitely worth a stroll. Unique gift shops and quaint restaurants await you. Enjoy a rest in the Cruz Bay park, located just across from the ferry dock.
The Visitors' Center, in Cruz Bay, is the place to start your exploration of St. John. The exhibits presented will introduce you to the park's history, hiking trails, historical sites and local flora and fauna. Park rangers can help answer questions about trails and hikes. Brochures about the Park, maps and books are also available at the center. The center is open daily from 8 am to 4:30 pm.
Elaine Ione Sprauve Library and Museum is located just outside of Cruz Bay, and is operated by the Division of Libraries, Archives and Museums. The history and culture of St. John is presented in this small museum. Rare antique photographs, newspaper clippings and paintings are on exhibit. The museum is located in a restored 1757 plantation great house. The Sprauve Museum is open from 9 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday.
The Ivan Jadan Museum on St. John offers cross-cultural views of the 94 year long life of the man now judged to be the great Russian tenor of the 20th century. He was the first major artist dissident to escape Stalin's terror in 1941, and reach the U.S. eight years later. The museum today houses a growing collection of more than 5000 fascinating artifacts, including a unique collection of videos, books and CD's in Russian and English, historic documents and photos. Living history programs with museum adventures are offered for elementary students. Visitors are welcomed. Visit On-line or call (340)776-6423 for more information.
The Virgin Islands National Park on St. John encompasses miles of lush forest, historic plantation ruins, pristine beaches and underwater reefs. National Park trails weave through scenic lookout points, sugar plantation ruins, mysterious rock carvings (pyteroglyphs) and magnificent unspoiled forest. Many of the trails end at the shoreline of a fabulous beach. Sun seekers will be delighted by the beaches on St. John, which are some of the most beautiful in the Caribbean. There are many interesting plantations to visit and explore on St. John. Annaberg, photographed here, is one of most popular plantation sites. For more information and a list of trails with descriptions and pictures visit the National Park section.
Visit St. John at a leisurely pace. Pick a few attractions or activities that you want to see and do the most. Enjoy those activities to the fullest.
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