The Virgin Islands National Park is located in St. John. St. John island is the Jewel of the Caribbean. Its picturesque views of lush tropical foliage and emerald blue water makes it a perfect day trip. The island is still very natural, because of its Virgin Islands National Park status. Less commercial than its sister island St. Thomas, which makes it the perfect day trip. Day Trip is a safe and fun way to explore the island with a local guide. Day trips also give visitors a general overview of the park, local culture and scenic sights.

You can only get to St. John by boat or public ferry.  Ferries run every hour from the Red Hook ferry dock to Cruz Bay, and from downtown to Cruz Bay a little less often.  Ferry ride takes about 20 minutes.  Ferry often departs on time, arrive fifteen minutes early to avoid the lines. Red hook ferry dock has the best accessibility to the island.

Once you arrive at National Park, there are great activities for the whole family to do.  Top activities include, snorkeling at Trunk Bay or Cinnamon Bay Camp Grounds.  Hick the Reef Bay Trails is also a favorite for the more adventurous types. The National Park Service present guided hikes down the Reef Bay Trail. Transportation is provided from the National Park Visitors Center in Cruz Bay to the head of the trail. 

The best day trips include an island tour to the Anna burg Ruins, beach time at Cinnamon Bay, and lunch at Cinnamon Bay Campgrounds.

A Day Trip is an easy access from either cruise ship port.  The transportation over and back, plus activities you will need to set aside 4 hours. A day trip is worth the time if you are visiting the Virgin Islands.