Permits are required to conduct certain activities in Virgin Islands National Park, including beach picnics, etc. This letter from the Park's Superintendent explains the permitting process. All prospective applicants are encouraged to read this letter.
A Special Use Permit [$25.00] is required at Hawksnest for organized activities that include ten or more people [events such as birthday parties, etc.] A permit is required for weddings and other special events regardless of the number of people participating [note that there is a limit of 50 people for any permitted activity at Hawksnest].
In addition to the Special Use Permit, there is a Cost Recovery Deposit of $100.00. The fee is refundable after grounds inspection and removal of trash when the event has ended.
All fees are payable by check or money order to the Virgin Islands National Park. Separate checks are required for the Special Use Permit and the Cost Recovery Deposit.
Picnic pavilions and grills are available for all activities.
NOTE: Permits for wedding ceremonies, at any location within the Park, are required at a cost of $25 each.
Permit Applications may be mailed to:
Commercial Filming/Still Photography
It is the policy of the National Park Service (NPS) to allow filming and photography when it is consistent with the protection and public enjoyment of park resources, and avoids conflict with the public's normal use and enjoyment of the park. Aesthetic values such as scenic vistas, natural quiet and dark night skies are resources that we value. We are also sensitive to the environments around our park sites. There are restrictions associated with group size, the use of commercial vehicles, generators, artificial lighting, commercial film equipment, props, sets and audio devices. Commercial vehicles must be in compliance with all federal and state laws and local ordinances. All who are seeking to obtain a photography permit are encouraged to read this letter from the Park's Superintendent explaining the permit process.
Filming/Still Photography Permit Application
Did You Know?
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.