Safety

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Photo of snorkelers at Trunk Bay.

There is much to see and do in Virgin Islands National Park and we want you to have the best experience possible so here are few tips on how to do that.

Though we do not have anything scary here like lions, tigers, bears, alligators or snakes here, we do have a few things that you should avoid.

The following are tips for a safe and enjoyable visit.

 

Do not leave valuables unattended.

Valuables have been stolen from several vehicles in the park. These incidents could happen anywhere on the island, so please take valuables with you or leave them at home or in your room. If you see someone acting suspiciously, call us at 1-866-995-8467.
 
Sea Urchin

In The Water

Always use reef-safe sunscreen, and look, but don't touch. Marine life are fragile and some may sting or bite if you touch or disturb them. Visit our things to avoid page or down load our PDF brochure for marine life to avoid.
 
Red Flag Conditions

Flag or Surf Conditions

Red Flag Conditions mean there are extremely hazardous ocean conditions with large powerful waves and strong rip currents.
During Red Flag Conditions in Virgin Islands National Park the concessioners' operational hours and visitor services will change to the following schedule:
  • Water Sports Equipment Rentals at Trunk Bay and Cinnamon Bay Beach will not be available.
  • Trunk Bay Bar and Beach Shop - Will open on a reduced schedule from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (minimum hours)
  • Trunk Bay Snack Shack - Will open on a reduced schedule from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (minimum hours) to accommodate any visitors going to Trunk for lunch.
 
Yellow Flag Conditions
Yellow Flag Conditions mean there are moderate ocean hazards with frequent large waves and possible rip currents.
 
Green Flag Conditions
Green Flag Conditions mean there are minimum ocean hazards.
 
Bromelia penguin

On the Trail

Stay on the trails and do not eat any of the fruits or berries. Check out our Plants to Avoid brochure to help you identify plants you should avoid. Some plants can cause a rash, or sting, and others are poisonous.
 
Aedes mosquito

Mosquitos:

Information on Zika and other mosquito-borne diseases.

 
Keep Left Sign

On the Ground

1. Drive on the LEFT!
2. Do not leave valuables unattended.
3. Do not climb on walls of historic ruins when hiking and exploring. The walls are unstable and bodily injuries may occur.
4. Bring plenty of water when hiking.
5. Use bug spray and reef-safe sunscreen.
6. Do not eat unknown fruits or touch unknown plants. Some plants, such as the Manchineel tree are poisonous.

Last updated: August 11, 2017

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

1300 Cruz Bay Creek
St. John, VI 00830

Phone:

(340) 776-6201 x238
Headquarters/Visitor Center phone contact Information.

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