Thursday, February 22, 2018 - Saturday, March 3, 2018
US Virgin Islands,
Join us for ten glorious days of spectacular swimming, snorkeling, moderate hiking, and relaxing on one of the most beautiful islands in the world: wonderful St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Comfortable camping at Cinnamon Bay Campground in the U.S. Virgin Islands National Park. Swim and snorkel in the 80 degree Caribbean waters while your friends and neighbors at home shovel snow. Couples, singles and families are welcome. Join us exploring the National Park, its pristine beaches and the many fish and creatures that inhabit the coral reefs. Daily organized excursions for fun and adventure and learning about the history, flora, fauna, and culture of this island make for a wonderful vacation. Stay in cottages just a few yards from the beach. The cottages have electricity. Twin beds, linens, towels, cooking and eating utensils are provided and washrooms with flush toilets, sinks, and showers are nearby. Participants generally prepare their own breakfast and lunch. Dinner can be at your cottage, the camp restaurant, or one of the many excellent island restaurants. A new NPS contract for the operation of the Cinnamon Bay Campground took effect in the fall of 2017 and changes are taking place. The cottages we stay in may not exist in 2019. New cancellation policies are being put in place so we need to confirm our reservations earlier than in the past. Please sign up early to ensure yourselves a place for this delightful trip. Every day we venture forth from the campground in our jitneys to another of the beaches on the island, each with its own special appeal. Turtles, sting rays, French grunts, blue tang, bar jacks, squid, angel fish, parrot fish and pelicans are only a few of the creatures that are seen during the wonderfully lazy sport of snorkeling. Hiking opportunities range from less than a mile to a cross island adventure of 8 miles. A Ranger led 3-mile walk down the historic Reef Bay trail to petroglyphs and the ruins of a sugar mill ends with a boat trip along the south shore. One day we may join National Park staff for a half-day service project in the Park.