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Catherineberg Ruins

The Catherineberg Ruins in Virgin Islands National Park are some of the best preserved & most beautiful ruins on St John.

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Catherineberg Ruins, St. John Overview

The Catherineberg Plantation Ruins in Virgin Islands National Park are among the best-preserved on all of St. John. The Catherineberg sugar mill is the one of the largest in the virgin islands. In its hay-day, Catherineberg produced sugar and rum.

We explored the ruins after Hurricane Maria and cover what it looks like now in this post.

In this post we’ll cover everything you need to know about Catherineberg Plantation ruins and the hike to them including:

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Catherineberg Ruins | Virgin Islands National Park, St. John USVI

Things to Know Before Visiting Catherineberg Ruins

Sandals or shoes are your friend.
  •  FOOTWEAR: Sandals are ok to wear in the ruins as the walk from the parking lot to the ruins is short and easy.
Please, Wear Sunscreen.
  • SUNSCREEN: Goes without saying but we’ll say it anyway – wear sunscreen! The Caribbean is unforgiving on unprotected skin. We’ve made that mistake enough times to make lathering up a top priority. We highly recommend this one that we’ve been using for years and buy in bulk.
Depending on the time of year/day you might want to pack insect repellent.

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Catherineberg Ruins | Virgin Islands National Park, USVI

Best Time to Visit Catherineberg Ruins

The best time to visit the Catherineberg Ruins is in the morning. Morning time in the Virgin Islands is quieter with less folks out and about. We recommend you get up a little early and see the ruins in the morning.

Getting to Catherineberg Ruins

The Annaberg Plantation Ruins is a 10 minute drive from Cruz Bay where the main island ferry lands. Visitors can use the Catherineberg parking lot if bringing their own vehicle or island taxi service. As opposed to many of the main park attractions which are located off the main park road (North Shore Rd), Catherineberg Ruins are located off of Highway 10, further inland.

Exploring the Catherineberg Ruins

The Catherineberg Ruins are easily accessed from a small parking lot via a short walk. The ruins consist of an 18th century sugar mill which, unlike more popular mill at Reef Bay and Annaberg, visitors can explore from the outside and inside. Due to some damage sustained as a result of Hurricane Maria, visitors are not currently able to explore the Annaberg Sugar Mill.

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Catherineberg Ruins | Virgin Islands National Park, St. John USVI

Best Photo Spots – Catherineberg Ruins

The best spot to photograph The Catherineberg Plantation Ruins is around the back side of the sugar mill to get a shot of the breadth of the area. Inside the sugar mill also makes for some great shots as well.

Catherineberg Ruins After Hurricane Maria

Hurricane Maria had a devastating impact on the Caribbean islands, especially St. John, home to Virgin Islands National Park. Many of the photos of the park you’ll find feature locations that have been totally changed since the hurricane hit the island in 2017. 

With that being said, the Catherineberg ruins are still very much in tact and stunningly beautiful – well worth the trip!

*all of our photos of the park feature it in its current condition, post-2017 hurricane Maria damage

Nearby Catherineberg Ruins

There are many amazing spots near Annaberg Plantation Ruins including: Francis Bay, Trunk Bay, Maho Bay, America Hill Ruins, Cinnamon Bay, and Francis Bay.








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