Virgin Islands National Park Operating Hours & Seasons

Trunk Bay on St. John

Trunk Bay on St. John (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Virgin Islands National Park is open all year round, 24 hours per day, 365 (or 366) days per year, but some of the facilities within the park have opening and closing hours.

Cruz Bay Visitor Center – is open every day between 8am and 4.30pm at all times of the year, and is a very short walking distance from the ferry dock. At this center you’ll find;

  • Exhibits
  • Maps
  • Brochures
  • Activity schedules
  • Books

and the park rangers will be on hand to help out with how you can make the most of your visit to the park, including advice on historical tours, hikes, cultural craft demonstrations, snorkeling as well as some campground demonstrations in the evenings.

Virgin Islands National Park Areas

The three splendid beaches and the campground are only a small portion of the great facilities at the park. All picnic areas within the park have wheelchair accessibility.

  • Trunk Bay Beach – (see the photograph) is widely considered to be amongst the most beautiful in the world, with a pretty unique snorkeling trail under the water, well you wouldn’t really have a snorkeling trail above the water would you? Anyway, there are a few facilities at Trunk Bay including a snack bar, snorkel gear rentals, souvenir shop and a bath house. The facilities at Trunk Bay close daily at 4pm.
  • Cinnamon Bay – is another great place within Virgin Islands National Park, there’s a terrific water sports center from where you can rent windsurfers and snorkeling gear. They can also arrange a host of stuff for you like day sailing, scuba diving lessons and snorkeling. There’s a campground next to the beach here which has tent sites, plus cottages to rent. There’s a camp store too. During the evening the campground is closed to non-registered guests from 10pm.

  • Hawksnest – is the nearest beach when driving from the Cruz Bay area, and has changing rooms, grills, picnic tables and restrooms. The restrooms are open all hours, but there is a noise curfew after 10pm so keep it down – ssshhhhhh! No amplified music, make sure that you’ve finished all of your partying by ten.

Virgin Islands National Park truly is a snorkelers paradise.

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