Camping in St. John
innamon Bay Campground
Camping is permitted only at Cinnamon Bay campground. No backcountry or beach camping is permitted within Virgin Islands National Park.
Accommodations at Cinnamon Bay campground include bare sites, sites prepared with tent-covered platforms, and cottages. Cottages and prepared sites are equipped with cooking supplies and linens. A camp store sells food, beverages and other supplies. A campground restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Reservations for special tours for schools and other groups are necessary. At least two weeks notice is required.
To schedule a special program for a school or other organization contact the Division of Interpretation at (340) 776-6201 ext. 252. Campground reservations in winter months should be made at least four to six months in advance by calling 1-800-539-9998 or (340) 776-6330. Special permits for large-group use of pavilions and picnic areas are required. Direct all permit queries to (340) 776-6201 ext. 244. Other contact numbers: 1-340-5654 Fax: 1-340-776-6458.
A 50% deposit must be sent to Cinnamon Bay Campground, Attn: Reservations Department, within 14 days from the booking date. Written notice of cancellation must be received at the campground at least 30 days prior to arrival to receive a full deposit. Cancellations received less than 30 days from the arrival date will be charged an equivalent of three nights of the total accommodations confirmed. If you wish to conclude your stay before the scheduled departure, at least two days' notice is required in order for you to receive a refund for unused days.
Reservations can be guaranteed with a credit card. Payment must be made in full at time of registration with cash, travelers checks, Visa, MasterCard or American Express. Please no personal checks.
No charge for children under the age of three. Maximum number of people per campsite is four. Camping limit is 21 days May through November and 14 days December through April. Rates do not include 8% USVI tax on tents and cottages (no tax on Baresite rates). Reservations for all are accepted no more than 12 months prior to arrival. All rates subject to change without prior notice.
Cinnamon Bay Watersports Shop
A watersports shop at Cinnamon Bay rents snorkeling equipment, sea kayaks, sailboards, and small sailboats and provides lessons. Rented equipment may not left in the accommodations.
The Visitor Contact Station
An ideal place to begin your Park explorations. Park rangers will provide you with maps, brochures, and the latest activity schedule; as well as answer your questions and help you plan your visit. A sales area operated by Eastern National Cooperating Association offers a broad selection of books about the natural and cultural history of the area.
Public phones, a message center, safe deposit boxes and lockers are located on the grounds. Also find the Beach Shop located on the beach offering an array of swimsuits, gifts, toys and books.
Screen-lined 15 by 15 feet with electric lights and terrace. All equipped with 4 twin beds, ceiling fan, picnic table, charcoal grill, propane gas stove, ice chest, water cotainer, and cooking and eating utensils. Fresh linens are arrival,upon arrival, and at the front desk twice a week. Cribs available upon request.
High quality canvas tents is 10 by 14 feet with solid floor. Large metal cots, picnic table, charcoal grill, propane gas stove, ice chest, water cotainer, gas lantern, and cooking and eating utensils are available. Fresh linens are available upon arrival and at the front desk twice a week.
Fit one large tent or two small tents. A picnic table, and charcoal grill are provided.
Located in central locations with cool fresh water showers and running water. Electric lights at night.
Operating Hours, Seasons
Virgin Islands National Park Visitor Contact Station is open daily, 8:00am to 4:30pm. The Station is closed Christmas Day. Park areas are open 24 hours a day year-round. Open All Year
Check in from 2pm to 8pm daily. Arrivals prior to 2pm are welcome to use restrooms, showers, and beach. Check out time is 11am every day. Luggage may be left in the office until guests are ready to depart.
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION - Hourly ferry service from Red Hook, St. Thomas (a 20-minute ride) is available to St. John and operates from 6:30 a.m., then on the hour from 7:00 am - midnight. Ferry service from St. John to St. Thomas runs on the hour from 6:00 a.m - 11:00 p.m. Less frequent ferries travel between Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas and St. John (a 45-minute ride).
Weather & Climate
Temperatures range in the low 70s to upper 80s, December through April, and are slightly higher (mid 80s to mid 90s), May through November. Usually there is more rainfall July through January, while spring and early summer can be quite dry. On any given day, however, brief light rain showers are not uncommon.
Throughout the year, cotton clothes that are light in color and weight are recommended in the daytime; a light jacket may occasionally be needed in the late evening and early morning during the winter season. Lightweight trousers help protect against insect bites on the denser hiking trails.
Cinnamon Bay campground has several handicapped accessible campsites. Call the Park for more information.
Cinnamon Bay Trails can be accessed by public bus service running from Cruz Bay to the Coral Bay area by way of Centerline Road (Route 10). Check the most current schedule posted near the Cruz Bay ferry dock. Boats are necessary to visit some Park bays lacking road access. Bicycling is not recommended within the Park, due to very steep, narrow and winding roads.
VI National Park Entrance Fee
Park entrance is free. A same-day use fee is collected at Annaberg and Trunk Bay. Children age 16 and under are admitted free; adults, $4; individual annual pass, $10; family annual pass, $15; Golden Age and Golden Access annual cardholders are admitted half price.
Jost Van Dyke also has campsites