Exploring the Virgin Islands is one of life’s great experiences. With the wind in your sails, the sun on your face, and the smell of some freshly caught fish being grilled to perfection somewhere in the cabin beneath you, the spirit of youthful adventure fills your blood and it’s hard to imagine you’d like to be someplace else.
With so many islands to choose from and sail to, the world really seems to be your oyster (or conch shell). If you choose to sail into St. John’s Island with the world-renowned Virgin Islands National Park, you won’t have missed the mark. There’s much to do and see here that it makes the trip. You’ll quickly find that the majority of St. John’s is covered by the park, and there are extensive hiking trails taking you all over the island, offering terrific Caribbean views along the way.
Trunk Bay and Watermelon Cay are probably the two most popular destinations in the Virgin Islands National Park. Watermelon Cay offers some world-class snorkeling, while Trunk Bay is the most photographed beach in St. John’s, and there’s plenty of exploring to do. Maho Bay is a popular campground choice where the water is always calm and offers great sea-turtle viewing if you want to get out and try your hand playing underwater.
Alternatively, if you’re a hiker, you should consider checking out the Reef Bay Trail. Here you’ll see overgrown plantation ruins, lots of Caribbean wildlife, some petroglyphs, and a nice waterfall. The hike is repeatedly reviewed as one of the best on the islands, so if you do decide to visit St. John’s and the Virgin Islands National Park, you wont want to miss out.