Virgin Islands National Park covers half the island of Saint John in the Caribbean and is perfect for those families who have had their fill of the cold weather. At the same time, a tropical getaway doesn’t mean you have to throw away the opportunities for education, as your family can get the best of relaxation and nature all at once for a vacation that will be as enriching as it is invigorating.
Daily temperatures on Saint John hover around the mid 80’s during winter, a feeling that will surely be welcome to most at this time of year. The park’s dense forest and coconut groves serve as a stunning backdrop for crystal blue waters and sandy beaches. Trunk Bay offers a 225 yard snorkeling trail that will allow your children to take in a variety of amazing sea life. Underwater signs identify coral and fish for a truly interactive and educational experience. This perfect marriage of fun and learning makes this national park a real treat for kids. In the winter, migrating humpback whales can be seen on whale-watching expeditions that only go out this time of year. On winter Sundays, rangers lead snorkeling expeditions from Maho Bay Beach. Experience hiking in paradise, then rent your snorkel gear and purchase snacks at the park facilities, for a truly immersive experience.
Check the park’s guide to planning your visit as a great starting place for any trip. Also be sure to check out the Operating Hours and Seasons, as well as the Fees and Passes to help you hammer out details. Unless you hop off a nearby cruise, you will also want to be aware of their eating and sleeping arrangements, and keep your own eye on the weather.
If you’d like to learn more, visit Virgin Islands National Park’s Official Site.
We also have 2 great itineraries for Saint John to help you plan a fun family day.
Also check out our great info on other national parks in winter including: Bryce Canyon, Rocky Mountain, Yellowstone, Big Bend, Crater Lake, Sequoia, Everglades, Voyageurs and the Grand Canyon.
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