Both in the water and on land you can see a variety of colorful marine life including giant Hawksbill marine turtles - and on a number of beaches at certain times of year you can also observe the females laying eggs and hatchlings racing to the sea.

The rest of the island has plenty to offer in terms of ecotourism, as well. The Virgin Islands National Park covers nearly 60 percent of the island, based on land donated by millionaire philanthropist Laurence Rockefeller in 1956, and it harbors more than 20 trails which take hikers through diverse terrains, including various beaches, rock petroglyphs carved by the ancient Taíno people (in some cases more than a thousand years ago), and the ruins of centuries-old plantations. Particularly notable routes include Rams Head Trail along the coast and the popular but a bit more strenuous, back-country Reef Bay Trail, which includes an option for ranger-guided hikes  including a boat ride back to your starting point.

Read more in my post St. John, the USA's Dreamiest Caribbean Paradise.. 



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