Virgin Islands National Park’s hills, valleys and beaches are breath-taking. However, within its 7,000 plus acres on the island of St. John is the complex history of civilizations – both free and enslaved – dating back more than a thousand years, all who utilized the land and the sea for survival.
The Monument is home to a variety of habitats, including mangroves and seagrass beds, algal plains, and coral reefs. These habitats serve as important nursery areas for fish and other marine life. Here is a slideshow of mangroves, corals, and fish in Hurricane Hole, courtesy of the United States Geological Survey.