Description - Features of The Virgin Islands National Park include quiet coves, blue-green waters, and white sandy beaches fringed by lush green hills. Here, too, are early Carib Indian relics and the remains of Danish colonial sugar plantations. Virgin Islands National Park contains examples of most western tropical Atlantic terrestrial, coastal and marine ecosystems. These include various types of subtropical dry to moist forest, salt ponds, beaches, mangroves, seagrass beds, coral reefs and algal plains. Terrestrial topography is quite dramatic with average slopes being 30 percent. The highest mountain peak plunges sharply to the sea over a distance of three quarters of a mile.
- Some of the best snorkeling anywhere can be found at the beaches in the park and around St. John. A brochure available at the visitors center describes the various locations.
At the Cinnamon Bay beach, rentals are available for a variety of sailboats, kayaks and windsurfers. The bay is large, and prevailing winds make for exciting sailing.
A number of trails on the North and South shores offer a variety of short and long hikes, ranging from 15 minutes to two hours. Within the Park, camping is available at Cinnamon Bay. Bare tent sites (campers furnish their own tents and equipment), large canvas tents (with equipment furnished) and screened cottages (with propane grills and electricity) are available. There is a restaurant and a camp store. A private campground is located at Maho Bay.
Recreation - Recreational activities at The Virgin Island National Park include; Camping, hiking, snorkeling, scuba diving, sailing and windsurfing.
Climate - The Virgin Islands enjoy a tropical climate, moderated by trade winds. The average daily high is about 89 degrees with the average daily low being about 75 degrees for the summer. The rainfall is greater in the hills than on the coast. September and November see more rainfall than the driest months which are February and March.
The Virgin Islands National Park in centrally located on the island of St. John. The authorized park boundary encloses about three-fourths of St. John Island and Hassel Island in St. Thomas harbor but only about 56% of the island has been been acquired.