The beaches are open again on St. John and Trunk Bay looks more inviting than ever. In the early mornings and late afternoons, you’re likely to have this incredible beach, one of the best in the world, according to beach experts, all to yourself.
USA Today writes:
Beaches of St. John Aldeth Lewin, Special for USA TODAY 4:37 p.m. EDT October 11, 2013
“…Trunk Bay is the most popular beach on St. John. Run by the National Park Service, this almost-quarter-mile long white sand beach is the only one with an entrance fee ($4 per person), but the amenities provided are worth it. The beach has very nice bathrooms, bathhouses with showers, parking, a snack bar and sundries shop. Snorkel gear can also be rented at the beach, and lifeguards keep an eye on swimmers. Trunk Cay is the small island that sits in the middle of the bay. An underwater snorkel trail highlights aspects of the coral reef and the creatures that live there…” read more
V.I. National Park Beaches Open
By Lynda Lohr — October 6, 2013
Virgin Islands National Park beaches, waters and hiking trails on St. John are open effective Sunday, Deputy Superintendent Mike Anderson said at 7 a.m. Sunday. The beaches, hiking trails and roads to beaches closed Oct. 1 when the federal government shut down.
“Our management asked for clarification on beach access as related to how the park was created,” Anderson said.
He said that based on advice from the U.S. Interior Department’s solicitor’s office, the park decided to open the beaches, hiking trails and park roads that lead to beaches. The North Shore Road that leads past most of the beaches was open throughout the week because it is a public road.
He said he was not clear on the specifics of what transpired since that discussion happened at the park’s southeast regional headquarters in Atlanta but had to do with the enabling legislation for the park.
“The legal interpretation was that we should provide public access to the beach,” he said.
Anderson pointed out that the opening of the beaches has nothing to do with the territory’s open shoreline law because federal law supersedes local law.
He said that lifeguards will return to duty Monday morning at Trunk Bay, the only beach that has lifeguards. Anderson said the Trunk Bay restrooms will also reopen.
The Visitor Center in Cruz Bay and Annaberg Plantation both will remain closed…. read more
Where to go to the beach ion St. John in light of the National Park closure.
The Virgin Islands National Park is one of the casualties of the US federal government shutdown. For St. John, that means all park lands and facilities on the island are now closed. That’s trails, beaches, the Visitors Center, the children’s playground, the mooring balls and anything else that has to do with the park. The worst part, in my opinion is not being able to legally access the beaches.
If you don’t want to take a chance of running afoul with some park enforcement personnel, here are four beach alternatives, which are not on National Park land:
St. John Happenings
Tonight October 4 and tomorrow Oct 5 Breath of Soul – 8pm 777-4220