Annaberg Sugar Plantation Tours

Annaberg Sugar Plantation
Back in its heyday, the Annaberg Sugar Plantation was one of 25 facilities on the island producing sugar, along with molasses and rum. All that remains today are ruins, but they are an important reminder of St John’s past, and visitors can walk a trail that leads them through important structures such as slave quarters, windmills and factory remains. 

Learn about 18th- and 19th-century sugar production and the importance of Annaberg, where slaves were brought in to clear the dense hillsides and terrace the slopes, allowing for farming. Slaves were also involved in actual sugarcane production and completed tasks like planting, harvesting and processing. When slavery was later abolished, the plantation was subdivided into small farms. 

Evidence suggests there were at least 16 slave cabins at Annaberg, each constructed using branches woven together with a mud, coral and lime mixture called daub. Visitors can see placards depicting the areas where these slave cabins once stood and also view Annaberg's windmill, a key structure from the 1800s and one of the tallest windmills on St John at 38 feet tall.

Several factors contributed to Annaberg’s ultimate demise, including its steep and rugged terrain, which provided only marginal growing conditions; the introduction of the sugar beet, which could be grown in a multitude of climates; and the end of slavery in the British West Indies. The final nail in the coffin for Annaberg was the 1867 hurricane, earthquake and tsunami.

Practical Info

Annaberg Sugar Plantation is located on the north shore of St John, west of Mary’s Point in the Maho Bay quarter. There are no official visitor hours for Annaberg itself, but the Cruz Bay Visitor Center is open from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. daily. There may be occasional live cultural demonstrations at the site, including basket weaving, baking or agricultural techniques utilized at the plantation.
Address: Leinster Bay Rd, St John, US Virgin Islands
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St John Island Sightseeing Tour from St Thomas

Get to know St John's culture, history and picturesque scenery on this tour from St Thomas. Make the scenic journey to the neighboring island by ferry, where you'll meet your local guide for a comprehensive tour of the island's sights. See Trunk Bay, the Annaberg Plantation and Caneel Bay, among others. Round-trip transportation from St Thomas accommodations or the cruise port is included.
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Your tour is conducted by a native St. Johnian who have spent if not their entire lives, the majority of their lives living and experiencing St. John as children to adults first hand. Your guide takes their time to interact with you our guest and answer questions and or take pictures of you and your party. Adore your bird's eye view of the beautiful breath taking National Park's crystal clear beaches with your open aired safari where everyone has a window seat view.  Your tour features informative & historical commentary & is a Two & a Half Hours of fun!  The tour begin at your choice of time & departs at the Loredon Boynes Ferry Terminal.  Your tour guide will have a sign and safari that says "Star Fish Tours & Taxi Services". Enjoy complimentary soft drinks & water for the duration of your island tour experience.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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St John Island and Trunk Bay Beach Tour from St Thomas

Explore St. John with an island tour on this 6-hour excursion from Charlotte Amalie. Travel via scenic ferry ride between the two islands; fare included, as well as round-trip transportation from St. Thomas hotels or the cruise port.
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Duration: 6 hours
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2-Day Tour of St Thomas and St John

Immerse yourself in the culture, traditions and history of St John and St Thomas during this 2-day trip. With a local guide, visit sites on both islands like the Virgin Islands National Park and the Annenberg Plantation on St John, as well as Drake's Seat, Skyline Lookout and Mountain Top on St Thomas. Stroll through downtown Charlotte Amelie on St Thomas and take in some sun and surf on St John's Cinnamon Bay Beach. Listen to engaging commentary from your local guide as you travel. Round-trip transportation from St Thomas hotels and lunch on St John is included.
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Duration: 2 days
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St John Island and Trunk Bay Beach Tour

St. John is known among the Virgin Islands for its pristine beaches and wildlife, as it is the only island in the archipelago protected by the National Park Service. Tour the island’s best-known beaches and historical sites on this tour, which includes all transportation and logistics for a relaxing sightseeing and beach day experience.
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Private St John Tour including Trunk Bay

St. John is known among the Virgin Islands for its pristine beaches and wildlife, as it is the only island in the archipelago protected by the National Park Service. Tour the island’s best-known beaches and historical sites on this private tour, which includes all transport and logistics for a relaxing sightseeing and beach day experience.
  • Duration: 5 to 6 hours
  • Duration: 5 to 6 hours
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Private Four Hour Historic/Beach Tour with Star Fish Tours & Taxi

Your Private Four Hour Tour offers the best of both worlds.  You get the history of St. John, visit our historical sites and also get to enjoy, swim, sunbath and or snorkel at two of our most beautiful beaches.  Our guest get to interact with their driver/tour guide.  There will be refreshing drinks for the duration of the tour.
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