St.John Virgin Islands - Online Travel Guide

Cruz Bay, the primary municipality in St. John, rests on the west coast of the island and offers a wealth of natural beauty and adventurous sights. With a population of 2743, the town acts as the commercial center and capital of St. John. Trips to St. Thomas, or even Tortola or Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands, can be made with the ferries at Cruz Bay Harbor.

Many of St. Johnís bars, restaurants, and shops established their location in Cruz Bay, though the town itself is quite small. Cruz Bay hosts the Virgin Islands National Park visitors center, a two-story building full of information about the islandís wildlife and culture. The park itself features coral reefs and tropical rainforests and spans up to half of the island, and the Cruz Bay visitorís center makes a great first stop for a trip there.

Featuring one of the few national park areas below the surface of the Caribbean Sea, divers take visitors on an underwater trail to view these corals, where placards conveniently display interesting underwater information. Above ground, the lush forests teem with exotic wildlife. Above ground, hiking trails all over St. John also start out in Cruz Bay.

Cruz Bay acts as a starting place for many other great trips across St. John. Route 22 leads out from the north of Crazy Bay and passes through all the beaches at Caneel Bay, Hawksnest Bay, Trunk Bay, Cinnamon Bay and Maho Bay. The famous Annaberg Trail, a hike through the ruins of an 18th century sugar plantation and factory, also starts out at Route 22.

No matter where you choose to visit in Cruz Bay, every unique and exciting experience promises an unforgettable trip. This town provides something for everyone: relaxing beaches away from civilization, intellectually stimulating historic sites, and water sports for the athletic.

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