Floating in the Caribbean between Puerto Rico and the islands of Anguilla, Saint Kitts and Nevis, this national park was the only national park established during the 1950s. While this might seem relatively new by national park standards, this park is full of history, containing the largest historical town in the U.S. and several other pre-Revolutionary War landmarks. Over the years, this park has also been the home of ancient native tribes, European colonists, pirates, slaves, sugar plantations, U.S. Naval officers. Beneath the surface of its crystal blue waters, visitors will find beautiful coral reefs and the tropical fish that rely on them for survival. The only U.S. national park located in the Caribbean, there is nowhere quite like the U.S. Virgin Islands National Park.
Usually referred to as Virgin Islands National Park, this national park covers the majority of the island of St. John and most of Hassel Island. It is hard to get to either of these two islands that make up the park without leaving from Charlotte Amalie, the biggest city on the Island of St. Thomas, though this island is not part of the park itself. The U.S. Virgin Islands neighbor the British Virgin Islands, which have a few national parks of their own. Both of these territories share a similar history, and it is not uncommon to find Spanish, Danish and English names in the same communities as a result. Purchased from Denmark during World War I, these islands are a relatively new U.S. Territory. There is nowhere better to explore the Caribbean than in Virgin Islands National Park.
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