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Virgin Islands National Park

Pictures by QT Luong

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[1 : Overview]
[2 : Salomon Bay to Hawksnest Bay]
[3 : Trunk Bay]
[4 : Maho Bay to Leinster Bay]
[5 : Centerline Road to East End]
[6 : Saltpond Bay & Ram Head]
[7 : Lameshur]
[8 : Reef Bay]
[9 : Hassel Island]
[10 : Trails, Structures and People]
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Large Format photos of Virgin Islands National Park · Panoramic photos of Virgin Islands National Park

Virgin Islands National Park comprises three-quarters of St John, one of the islands that make up the United States Virgin Islands in the Carribeans, a thousand miles east of Miami, close to Puerto Rico. It is a tropical laid-back paradise of pearl-white beaches surrounded by steep verdant hills dropping down into turquoise bays full of coral reefs.

Laurence Rockefeller must have had a sense of "paradise found" when he first visited St John in the 1950s, for then he bought more than half the island and eventually donated to the federal government most of the land which is protected by the National Park. The land however had a rich and less than peacefull human history of tribal wars, competition among the Danish, Dutch, English, and Spanish, and slave uprisals during a sugar plantation area of which centuries old ruin remains. The island was born of violent volcanic eruptions and uplifting which gave it a dramatic topography and a wide range of exposure and rainfall, creating large tracts of lush tropical forest laced with fragrant flowers, mangrove coasts, as well as desert-like enviroments. It it was then shaped present form by the building of coral reefs which together with the waves generated by the steady trade winds, created its perfect beaches.

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Palm trees on Salomon Beach. Virgin Islands National Park ( color) Tropical beach in the evening, Salomon Bay. Virgin Islands National Park ( color) Hawksnest Bay. Virgin Islands National Park ( color) Trunk Bay. Virgin Islands National Park ( color) Sand, urquoise waters, and Trunk Cay, Trunk Bay. Virgin Islands National Park ( color) Underwater picture of sand and water. Virgin Islands National Park ( color) Elkhorn coral. Virgin Islands National Park ( color) Noni tree (Morinda citrifolia) and beach, Maho Bay. Virgin Islands National Park ( color) Bay and beach with turquoise waters. Virgin Islands National Park (Panoramic color) Tropical anchorage, Francis Bay. Virgin Islands National Park ( color) Tropical flowers and forest from Centerline road. Virgin Islands National Park ( color) Beach and palm tree in Hurricane Hole Bay. Virgin Islands National Park ( color) Agaves and cactus, and turquoise waters, Ram Head. Virgin Islands National Park ( color) Shore tree, Great Lameshur Bay, and green hills. Virgin Islands National Park ( color) Cactus, Great Lameshur Bay from Yawzi Point. Virgin Islands National Park ( color) Cactus from Yawzi Point at sunset. Virgin Islands National Park ( color) Milky Way and stars over Little Lameshur Bay. Virgin Islands National Park ( color) Palm tree and beach at night, Salomon Beach. Virgin Islands National Park ( color) Looking up catherineberg Sugar Mill opening at night. Virgin Islands National Park ( color) Trail and overgrown rock wall. Virgin Islands National Park ( color) Kapok tree. Virgin Islands National Park ( color) Freshwater pool, petrogyphs, and waterfall. Virgin Islands National Park ( color) Taino petroglyph carvings reflected in pond. Virgin Islands National Park ( color) Steam engine, Reef Bay sugar factory. Virgin Islands National Park ( color) Rails and chain leading to Creque Marine Railway power house, Hassel Island. Virgin Islands National Park ( color) Shipleys Battery and island highest point, Hassel Island. Virgin Islands National Park ( color) Coral Bay and harbor seen from above. Virgin Islands National Park (Panoramic color)
There are 27 color pictures on this page out of 184 color pictures of Virgin Islands.

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