Hike down the Reef Bay Trail with a National Parks Ranger for the ultimate hiking experience and see how the sugar cane industry was run in the old days. It’s a downhill 2.6 mile hike situated in National Parks protected land, you will get to see the different plants and trees that make St. John the greenest island in the Virgin Islands. There is a side trail .3 miles long that leads there are ancient Taino petroglyphs carved into the rocks under a waterfall.When you arrive at the bottom of the trail, tour the sugar cane plantation factory and see how the process was done during operation. Relax on the beach and enjoy a short swim to cool off.
On Fridays starting in December through August the ranger guided hike down the L’Esperance Hike starts through winter season with the same transportation and cost as the Reef Bay Hike. The hike begins at Centerline Road, just east of Catherineberg. As hikers descend the moderately easy trail, it’s not long before they encounter the ruins of the L’Esperance estate, which include a stone bridge, a few graves, and a great house that was used as a residence into the 20th century. Along the way, the VINP ranger leading the hike points out unique wildlife, like large termite nests in trailside trees and the hermit crabs that scurry among the stonework ruins.
Don’t worry about the hike back to the top of the hill; Sadie Sea will be waiting to pick you up and return you to Cruz Bay while giving you a view of the South side of the island. Drinks will also be provided. The hike down the hill is approximately 3 miles.
Booking the Reef Bay/L’Esperance Hike
Book this trip by calling (340)779-8799 or stop in the National Parks Visitor Center in Cruz Bay. Tickets are $40 per person and this covers all transportation costs to the head of the trail and the return trip by boat. Be sure to book early as this trips books up and is limited to 31 persons, there is the option if the hike is full to put your name on a stand-by list.
You can also book online here.
Private pickups are available, contact Sadie Sea for price quotes, 340-514-0778.
Reef Bay Hike Schedule
January-April: 3 trips a week, Mondays, Tuesdays Thursdays
May-August: 2 trips a week, Mondays and Thursdays
August-October: Mondays and Thursdays
November-December: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.
L’Esperance Hike Schedule