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    National Park Virgin Islands

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Plan Your Visit

Virgin Islands National Park, renowned throughout the world for its breathtaking beauty, covers approximately half of St. John, as well as nearly all of Hassel Island in the Charlotte Amalie harbor on St. Thomas. All the visitor facilities are on St. John. There are none on Hassel Island.

Within this protected paradise are sub-tropical forests, semi-arid scrublands, and swamps along the coastal areas. Some 800 species of plants inhabit these varied climates, including one native palm tree – the Teyer palm, along with bay rum trees and tropical orchids. More than 50 species of tropical birds breed on St. John, including the Bananaquit and three species of Caribbean hummingbirds. Other migrant species spend the winter in the park’s dense forests.

 
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Screen capture from Virgin Islands National Park Marine Map as displayed in Google Earth.  Clicking on the water, buoys, or colored areas will display information associated with that feature.

Google Earth Marine Information Map File

Download this file (Virgin Islands National Park Marine Map.KMZ) {version April 29, 2014} to see and learn the latest information on the following:

1) Visitor Center Area
2) Where is the best snorkeling?
3) Where can I anchor a boat?
4) Where can I access the beach in a small boat?
5) Places to avoid when boating.
6) NPS Fee Pay Stations.
7) All mooring information (what the different sizes and colors mean)
8) Boundary lines for Virgin Islands National Park and Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument.

You may want to download the Google Earth program to view this file.

Do you have questions on how to use the KMZ file once you download it?
Click this link to download &/or view a short movie on how to use this map file in Google Earth.

Google Earth settings for proper viewing:
1) From the Tools Menue, choose Options
2) From the 3D View Tab:

a) Set Anisotropic Filtering to Medium
b) Set Graphics mode to DirectX
c) Set Terrain Quality to Highest

Change the Imagery date:
1) From the View toolbar, put a check next to Historial Imagery
2) Click and drag the slide bar at the top of the map view to the desired date. (Google's default is the highest imagery which is not always the most recent.)

References to non-U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) products do not constitute endorsement by the DOI. By viewing Google Maps on this page the user agrees to these terms set forth by Google.

Map Disclaimer:
The features of this map were exported to Google Earth by the National Park Service. For information, planning, reference and illustration purposes for Virgin Islands National Park and Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument only. The location of marine features is based on the most current park knowledge, which may outdate the underlying imagery. These materials are not verified by a Registered Professional Land Surveyor and are not intended to be used as such. The NPS makes no warranty, express or implied, related to the accuracy or content of this map.

Did You Know?

Wasps, locally called Jack Spaniard in their nest.

A wasp common to St. John is called the Jack Spaniard. These paper wasps are not aggressive, but will sting you repeatedly if disturbed. The sting can be quite painful, and should be treated with common sting relief remedies. The discomfort can last three days.