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Explore Virgin Islands National Park Both Above And Below The Waves! - USA TODAY

USA TODAY just published an exciting new article about exploring Saint John!

"When travelers ponder which national park in the United States they’ll visit next, it’s not likely that snorkeling in brilliant blue waters is on their vacation checklist – unless they’re considering a visit to theVirgin Islands National Park.The smallest of the three islands that make up the USVI – St. John – contains the Virgin Islands National Park, where it’s possible to hit the beach, hike through a lush green landscape, tour the ruins of 18th century sugar plantations, and snorkel over coral reefs.

By the numbers, it’s clear that St. John has made an unusual commitment to preserving the island’s natural beauty. The Virgin Islands National Park takes up 5,000 acres of the island’s 9,485 acres. Back in 1956, Laurence Rockefeller, the owner of Caneel Bay Resort on St. John, donated the initial 5,000 acres to theNational Park Service and the Virgin Islands National Park came into being after legislation was subsequently passed in Congress."

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