Frequently Asked Questions

Q - Is the park currently offering the Reef Bay Hike?
A - No, the park is not offering guided tours at this time. However, you may enjoy the trail on a self-guided basis. The trailhead is located on Centerline Road. Please note that the 2 mile hike back up is steep and strenuous. Plan accordingly and take plenty of water.

Q - Is the Cinnamon Bay Campground open?
A - The campground has not yet reopened. However, the concessioner has plans to open it by the end of the year. Visit the Cinnamon Bay Resort website for more information.

Q - Where is the best snorkeling?
A - Each beach is different. Some have coral reefs, others have sea grass beds that turtles enjoy. Popular snorkel spots include Trunk Bay, Maho, Waterlemon Cay and Salt Pond. Read more about snorkeling places around the islands. Note: good snorkeling areas are hightlighted in pink on the park brochure, You can find a copy at the Visitor Center or at the kiosk next to the playgound.

Q - Where can I purchase food in the park?
A - Visitors can find food vendors at Honeymoon Beach, Trunk Bay and Maho Bay

Q - Where can I rent unbrellas, snorkel gear, chairs, kayaks or paddleboards?
A - Trunk Bay offers rentals of snorkel gear and chairs. Honeymoon and Maho offer rentals of kayaks, paddleboards as well as snorkel gear and chairs.

Q - How can I get around if I do not have a car?
A - You may take a taxi or the hourly Vitran bus that runs along Centerline Road. Schedules and Routes. There are also trails leading from Cruz Bay to Salomon Beach (1.4 miles) and Honeymoon Beach (1.5 miles) Visit our hiking page for more information.

Q - Are there easy trails for families with small children or those who looking for a short hike?
A - Yes, the Cinnamon Bay Nature Loop and Francis Bay Trail are great options. Both are under 1/2 mile and are rated easy. Visit our hiking page for more information.

Q - How do we get to St. John?
A - You will need to fly to St. Thomas and take a ferry over. There is a ferry for pedestrians and a car barge as well. Find more information and schedules at St. Thomas - St. John Ferry Service - Virgin Islands (vinow.com)

Q - Where can we park?
A - All beaches and trailheads have limited parking. We suggest arriving early to secure a spot as they fill quickly. Park only in designated areas to help protect vegetation and resources. There is parking at the Visitor Center in Cruz Bay as well for visitors hiking in the park.

Q - Can you mail me a brochure?
A - Of course! We'd love to. Submit your request to viis_interpretation@nps.gov

Q - When is the busy season?
A - The park is busiest from November to April in a typical year.

Q - What kind of shoes should I wear to hike the trails in the park?
A - Trails are well-maintained but are rough and rocky in many places. We recommend sneakers or boots with good traction. Please note that trails can be very slippery when it rains.

Q - How do I get to Coral Reef National Monument?
A - As the monument is primarily a water park, you will need a boat to visit.

Last updated: March 12, 2021

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Mailing Address:

1300 Cruz Bay Creek
St. John , VI 00830

Phone:

340 776-6201 x238
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