Virgin Islands National Park, Sea turtle in water, and Castillo de San Felipe

The National Park Service manages six parks in the Caribbean. One park in Puerto Rico and five the U.S. Virgin Islands. These parks offer rich cultural experiences and pristine waters in the tropics. At San Juan National Historic Park you will find a World Heritage Site that dates back to 1539, Castillo San Felipe del Morro. The U.S. Virgin Islands offers breathtaking hills, valley, beaches and an impressive barrier reef that is preserved to protect “one of the finest marine gardens in the Caribbean Sea.”


Caribbean Ocean and Coastal Parks


Puerto Rico

San Juan National Historic Park

  • 2.7 Shoreline Miles
  • San Juan National Historic Site preserves stories of great ambition and aspirations. Countries fought for control of this tiny yet strategic island for centuries. Generations of soldiers have lived and worked within the forts. Visitors today are as inspired by these stories as they are by the beauty of the architecture and the ingenuity of design and engineering of this World Heritage Site.

U.S. Virgin Islands

Virgin Islands National Park

  • 41.5 Shoreline Miles
  • 5,718.4 Marine Water Acres
  • Virgin Islands National Park’s hills, valleys and beaches are breathtaking. However, within its 7,000 plus acres on the island of St. John is the complex history of civilizations - both free and enslaved - dating back more than a thousand years, all who utilized the land and the sea for survival.

Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument

  • 5.8 Shoreline Miles
  • 13,908 Marine Water Acres
  • Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument includes federal submerged lands within the 3-mile belt off the island of St. John. These waters support a diverse and complex system of coral reefs and other ecosystems such as shoreline mangrove forests and seagrass beds.

Buck Island Reef National Monument

  • 2.6 Shoreline Miles
  • 18,816 Marine Water Acres
  • Buck Island Reef National Monument was established by Presidential proclamation in 1961, and expanded in 2001, in order to preserve "one of the finest marine gardens in the Caribbean Sea." The park is now one of only a few fully marine protected areas in the National Park System. The 176-acre island and surrounding coral reef ecosystem support a large variety of native flora and fauna, including several endangered and threatened species such as hawksbill turtles and brown pelicans. The elkhorn coral barrier reef that surrounds two-thirds of the island has extraordinary coral formations, deep grottoes, abundant reef fishes, sea fans and gorgonians. Although mainly known for its coral reef and nesting sites for turtles and birds, Buck Island has a rich cultural history as well.

Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve

  • 5.4 Shoreline Miles
  • 618 Marine Water Acres
  • Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve uniquely documents the human and natural Caribbean world from the earliest indigenous settlements in the central Caribbean to their clash with seven different colonial European powers to the present day.

Christiansted National Historic Site

  • 0.2 Shoreline Miles
  • No place in the Caribbean still demonstrates the architectural, economic, and political influence of Europe like Christiansted National Historic Site. Come wander through 18th century buildings in one the Caribbean's few urban parks- it is a unique experience that you will never forget.

Last updated: June 8, 2022


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