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02/16/2017 David Conro Outdoor Recreation Things to do in St. John

During your next stay with us here at CimmaronStJohn, plan to spend one of your days hiking the trails at the Virgin Islands National Park.  This incredible park is home to more than 20 trails, including the 3-mile Reef Bay Trail, a must-see attraction!  With its steep and rocky terrain, Reef Bay Trail is one of the park’s most difficult yet rewarding journeys. It will be a challenge for even the avid hikers of the group but a worthwhile adventure. After conquering the trail, finish your hike with a dip in the ocean at Reef Bay Beach. You have the makings of a pretty perfect day!

To discover more amazing hiking trails on St. John, download our free app! It will give you the best recommendations on where to explore outdoors during your vacation stay in paradise, including the Reef Bay Trail.

Reef Bay Trail is a Historic and Scenic Hike

One of the great things about the Reef Bay Trail is the history to be discovered during your trek. Be on the lookout for the Taino petroglyphs at the base of the waterfall. These historic carvings are from over 1,000 years ago! These intriguing carvings are thought to represent the symbol for water because of their placement near the reflection pool. Also, be on the lookout for the sugar cane plantation ruins. These ruins can be found slightly off the main trail and include several unique areas of interest, including the historic Great House. Right before the beach at the end of the trail, you’ll see the Reef Bay Sugar Mill. This was the last sugar cane operation to close in the Virgin Islands. Walk inside the old rooms in the Sugar Mill to observe the same steam engine and containers where the sugar was originally stored.

Challenging Yet Rewarding

The Reef Bay Trail is a challenging yet rewarding hike that begins on Centerline Road.  The entrance is just 4.9 miles from Cruz Bay and conveniently close to our Blue Coral Condo and Bliss at Cruz Views Condo. Your hiking adventures will be much better with your vacation home closeby to retreat to for a nice bath or massage afterward. The Reef Bay Trail If you choose to hike back up once you’ve reached the end, the return is all uphill, so be prepared. Appropriate hiking shoes are a must on this trail as there is a drop that goes from 900 feet to sea level in just 2 miles. If you only want to hike down to the beach portion of the trail, the Sadie Sea Charter will pick you up and take you back to Cruz Bay. 

We hope that you discover something about yourself and your place in nature during your Reef Bay Trail hike!

Park Ranger Guided Experience

To experience the Reef Bay Trail with a group, check out the Park Ranger Guided Experience. A group of 30 hikers will explore the trail together with the guidance of a Park Ranger to explain the history and other various features of the trail. Depending on the amount of rain when you visit, you could see a cascade of water rushing down a 40-foot waterfall at one point on the trail. The fresh water pools around this area are home to shrimp, frogs, fish, and other unique island creatures. You’ll also spot many deer and hermit crabs that inhabit the area. Other interesting sites to see are the large termite nests, land crabs, and bats. The trail also has signs with information about the trees that grow along the trail including the West Indian Locust tree and the Silk Cotton tree.

Be sure to make Reef Bay Trail hike reservations in advance! These trips tend to fill up quickly. Our CimmaronStJohn Concierge Team will be happy to help with arrangements.

Start Planning Your Trip to St. John

It is no wonder the Reef Bay Trail has been voted in the top 10 best hikes in the Caribbean by Caribbean Travel and Life Magazine. The views are breathtaking and worth every step. Speaking of views, here at CimmaronStJohn, we have vacation villas and condo rentals (many with excellent views) that provide the perfect spot to unwind after a long day on the trails.  For over 15 years, guests have been relaxing in our beachfront properties and soaking up plenty of sunshine. For information about how to get to St. John and what we properties have available, visit our website to get started and give us a call at 1-340-715-2666.

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