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Posted:  |  Updated: 07/17/12 02:55 PM ET

Destination Of The Week: Virgin Islands National Park

There is absolutely no way getting around it. Our brains have gone to the beach on this steamy Tuesday. Instead of drowning on air conditioning, we're daydreaming of white sand beaches and hammocks swaying in the gentle breeze. What makes a good beach an even better beach? How about adding a ridiculously gorgeous national park to the mix?

Covering roughly half of St. John and most of Hassel Island, Virgin Islands National Park is coast-to-coast shimmering blue waters, with the added value of lush green hills and several native species of turtles, fish, lizards and other sea animals to keep explorers and hikers happy.

While you daydream about those colorful sunsets, enjoy our favorite photos of Virgin Islands National Park. Send us your recommendation for 'destination of the week' by leaving a comment below, or emailing travel@huffingtonpost.com


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    reef bay hike (sugar trails there was no sugar trails but on the reef bay hike it talks about the sugar trails) virgin islands national park(<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jamidwyer/2207246922/" target="_hplink">Jami Dwyer</a>, Flickr)

  • U.S. Virgin Islands National Park

    trunk bay beach virgin islands national park(<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/imagesbyferg/2211190622/" target="_hplink">imagesbyferg</a>, Flickr)

  • U.S. Virgin Islands National Park

    Elkhorn Coral, with an Intova IC700 at Hawksnest Bay, St. John, USVI, Virgin Islands National Park US virgin islands national park(<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/alumroot/2429461653/" target="_hplink">alumroot</a>, Flickr)

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    sailing cinnamon bay US virgin islands national park(<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/dornfeld/2645237236/" target="_hplink">dornfeld</a>, Flickr)

  • U.S. Virgin Islands National Park

    Congo Cay diving US virgin islands national park(<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/reydecastro/3391323758/" target="_hplink">intelligo1</a>, Flickr)

  • U.S. Virgin Islands National Park

    Historic Annaberg US virgin islands national park(<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/roymontgomery/4112979132/" target="_hplink">Roy Montgomery</a>, Flickr)

  • U.S. Virgin Islands National Park

    Reef Bay sugar mill ruins US virgin islands national park(<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/anoldent/4128990544/" target="_hplink">anoldent</a>, Flickr)

  • U.S. Virgin Islands National Park

    Lind Point trail overlook US virgin islands national park(<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/fangfeishen/5554056197/" target="_hplink">fangfeishen</a>, Flickr)

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