North St John Attractions
Many of the Virgin Islands National Park's attractions including plantation ruins, hiking trails, and several beaches are found in North St John.
Trunk Bay Beach & Underwater Snorkel Trail
Part of the Virgin Islands National Park, the long and arching beach at Trunk Bay is the most popular on St John. The main attraction is the 30 minute underwater snorkelling trail where various fish can be spotted. Underwater signposts tell you what you are looking at as you snorkel.
Maho Bay Camps and Estate Concordia Preserve
Founded by Stanley Selengut in 1976, the award-winning Maho Bay Camps and Estate Concordia Preserve is an ecosensitive resort featuring tent cottages and apartment studios. Offering 114 tents, each unit is set on a platform on the steep, forested hillside overlooking Francis Bay, Maho Bay and other offshore islands.The raised tents among the thick, surrounding vegetation create a tree-house-like atmosphere, with a maze of boardwalks leading through the jungle to the beach, outdoor restaurant, store and toilet and shower facilities.Maho Bay Camps appeals to visitors looking for environmentally sensitive accommodations. The tents resemble canvas cottages and each are equipped with a private deck, table, propane stove, two twin beds, a cooler and more. Water conservation is a key project at Maho Bay Camps.Due to the popularity of the eco-resorts, Selengut introduced more ecosensitive accommodations: Estate Concordia, featuring condo units using solar-generated electricity. Recycled trash was one of the main construction materials when building the condos.
Annaberg Sugar Mill Ruins
Preserved by the National Parks Services, the Annaberg Sugar Mill (built in the early 1700s) ruins are the most intact ruins of a sugar plantation in the entire U.S. Virgin Islands. The landscaped grounds feature a self-guided walking tour through the village, windmill, horse mill, dripping cistern, oven, rum still, slave quarters and dungeon.Drawings of schooners on the dungeon wall are believed to be more than 100 years old. Park experts give demonstrations of island traditions such as baking, weaving, gardening and crafting. The ruins are listed on the National Registry of Historic Landmarks.
Part of the Virgin Islands National Park, Cinnamon Bay is a large, exposed cove featuring a popular beach good for swimming, snorkelling, kayaking, and windsurfing. A small islet offshore can be reached by swimming and offers good sunbathing. A very popular campground is also found at Cinnamon Bay.
Useful tips: Sea kayaks and sailboards are available for rental.
Facilities: Gift shop, Restaurant or food service
Cinnamon Bay Archaeological Dig
The Cinnamon Bay Archaeological Dig is the site of an excavation where Dr Ken Wild discovered evidence of Taíno native presence on St John that dates back 500 years. The on-site laboratory is housed in a 200 year old rubble building and three square 4ft/1.2m holes where Wild claims he has unearthed a Taíno ceremonial site with a chieftain's seat.
Estate Catherineburg Sugar Mill
Restored by the National Parks Service in 1986, Estate Catherineburg Sugar Mill dates from the 18th C and is an example of barrel-vaulting construction techniques. Without restricted visiting hours, guards or tours, the mill is usually a quiet place. The mill is listed on the National Registry of Historic Landmarks.