Beginning January 1st, people visiting Trunk Bay in the Virgin Islands National Park will have to pay a bit more in order to spend time at one of the world’s top beaches.
According to the National Park Service, individual passes will increase from $4 to $5. Individual annual passes will double – from $10 per year to $20 – as will annual family passes which will increase from $15 per year to $30. Boaters will also see a rate increase when mooring for the night. The current overnight mooring fee is $15, however it will jump to $26 a night beginning January 1st.
Children ages 16 and under will continue to be free.
According to Park Superintendent Brion Fitzgerald, 77 percent of the fees collected at Trunk Bay will be used in the Park for park projects. A portion of the money collected will be used to pave the first half mile of the road that leads to Francis Bay. I spent some time over there yesterday, and the road was heavily eroded so those dollars will definitely go to good use.
For those of you who enjoy saving money when you can, you can visit Trunk Bay for free on Wednesday, November 11th in celebration of Veteran’s Day.