Cinnamon Bay Sunset

Cinnamon Bay Sunset
Cinnamon Bay Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches you'll ever find. It is within the Virgin Islands National Park and is the longest beach on St. John. The campground is managed by the U.S. National Parks Service and offers an affordable means for everyone to visit St. John.

Hiking Trails

The Cinnamon Bay Trail and the Cinnamon Bay Loop Trail both originate at the Cinnamon Bay Campground.

Cinnamon Bay Loop Trail (1/2 mile) is a well marked trail in the shade, which passes through the ruins of a historic sugar factory. You'll see native tropical trees and enjoy plenty of shade. Find the trail 75 yards east of the entrance road to Cinnamon Bay Campground.

Cinnamon Bay Trail (1.1 miles) 25 yards further east you'll find the entrance to this forested trail that follows an old Danish plantation road uphill to its junction with Centerline Road.

For more hiking trails on St. John, visit the Virgin Island National Park web site,

National Park Service Guided Cinnamon Bay Nature Walks

Cinnamon Bay
Culture Walk
Date: Every Tuesday
9:30 - 10:30 am

Cinnamon Bay Beach
he program will introduce
you to the names and uses
of many local plants. You will
also hear of the cultural history
(Pre-Columbian to post-
emancipation) of the area,
and a little of the island of
St. John overall.

Virgin Islands National Park Gets Bigger

Virgin Islands National Park – which already encompasses 60 percent of the tiny Caribbean island of St. John — just got a little bigger.The beach at Maho Bay and its surrounding hillside recently was sold to the National Park Service in a $2.5 million deal, the Trust for Public Land announced. It’s the park’s largest addition since 1956, when the philanthropist Laurance Rockefeller, hoping to preserve the island paradise he fell in love with, donated more than 5,000 acres toward its creation. read more...

Drive on the Left

Yes, St. John is a U.S. Virgin Island, however, they drive on the left, so be careful when renting a car. The gorgeous scenery can be distracting, and the roads are narrow and windy. That being said, it is very convenient to have a car on the island for a few days to explore the far reaches of the eastern (dry) side. Taxis are plentiful and hitchhiking is common.

Getting There From Cruz Bay

Cinnamon Bay is on the North Shore of the Island. Most people arrive via ferry boat to Cruz Bay, which is on the western side of the island.

From Cruz Bay head out of town from Mongoose Junction, 4 miles on Rte. 20 or the North Shore Road. Cinnamon Bay Campground is right on this road just after Trunk Bay and Peter Bay.

Taxis are available right at the ferry dock to take you to Cinnamon Bay for $7 per person. It is about a 15 minute ride from the ferry.