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St. John Overview
Calling all outdoor fans and eco-travelers – this island was made just for you. Two-thirds of St. John is a protected National Park, so environmental preservation is front of mind. Instead of luxury resorts, you’ll find low-impact, no-footprint tent resorts. Instead of shops and busy docks, you’ll find historic ruins of old sugar-mills and pristine beaches prime for swimming and snorkeling. And instead of casinos, clubs and nightlife, you’ll have the sun, the wind, and warm, powdery white sand in your toes. Hike past unspoiled forest, follow trails through scenic lookout points, explore sugar plantation ruins, and snorkel along an underwater trail. Even though St. John doesn’t have the usual tourist attractions, there is still plenty to do. Scuba dive, kayak, windsurf, and more! However, we’ll understand if all you want to do is enjoy the sunset, breathe in the fresh air and work on becoming one with nature.
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Mapping Out the USVI
You’ve got three separate islands to explore within the U.S. Virgin Islands, each with its own distinct flavor.
St. John is the greenest island, full of nature preserves and pristine beaches. Two-thirds of this entire island is a National Park. Here, there's very limited development except for a few no-footprint, tent resorts.
St. Thomas, on the other hand, is a completely different vacation experience. Large resorts cater to the constant tourist flow while cruise-ship traffic makes for a bustling harbor and lots of shopping and activity.
Then there's St. Croix, the little island with just about everything. It’s got old forts and former sugar plantations, pristine rainforest land and world-class scuba diving opportunities. Between the three islands, you’ve got one amazing vacation!
The Trail at Trunk Bay
Follow a trail – not a hiking trail – but an underwater trail! That's exactly what you'll find at Trunk Bay.
Once you arrive, you'll have to snorkel its underwater snorkeling trail that'll take you along a path of scenic coral and flashy fish. It’s even got underwater signs that explain the species of coral and types of fish you might spot.
However, if you’d rather stay dry, Trunk Bay is also known as one of the most popular beaches on St. John. It has powdery, white sand and calm, clear waters - basically everything you want in a great beach. So whether you want to have a snorkel adventure or just enjoy the views from the sand, Trunk Bay’s got you covered.
Escape the Crowds at Maho Bay
Maho is one of the few beaches that you can literally drive right onto.
Just pull up under a Maho tree, and there you are! It’s located right on the side of the road, so there are no signs to follow nor parking lots to navigate – nothing but the beach and groves of coconut palms waiting for you.
It’s the casual vibe of this beach that makes it such a gem. Plus, Maho Bay has calm waters that are relatively shallow. The water deepens very gradually, so it’s perfect for kids and not-so-seasoned swimmers!
Explore Annaberg Sugar Plantation
Wander through the ruins of an old plantation where you can see remains of a rum and sugar factory, former slave quarters and an old windmill.
You’ll be taken back in time as you walk through the remains and see the hard labor equipment of the 18th century slave force.
If you're not sure what you're seeing, don't worry. There'll be lots of placards and signs placed along the trails that will tell you all about how sugar and rum were once produced here.
A visit here will give you some great photo ops too. Best of all, you'll be learning all about plantation life on St. John and the history behind it without ever cracking open a book!
Hike the Reef Bay Trail & See Petroglyphs
Not sure what a petroglyph is? Not to worry. You can find out all about petroglyphs on this popular trek.
St. John has been home to almost every period of human life, and you can see evidence of that when you take this easy hike.
Follow the trail through the National Park, and you'll get to marvel at remains of four sugar estates from a few hundred years ago. You'll also get to see rock carvings from well over a thousand years ago!
The bay’s natural history, along with prehistoric remains and colonial-era ruins tell a fascinating story you can experience yourself.
Be One with Nature at USVI National Park
You can’t visit St. John without running into the Virgin Islands National Park. After all, this nature reserve covers more than half of the island!
And just like you would expect from such a large area, this pristine spot offers plenty to do. If you’re looking for a little quiet time to connect with nature, there are beautiful secluded beaches, breathtaking historic ruins and exciting hiking trails for hours of exploration.
But if you want a little more activity, you can snorkel, scuba dive, kayak or go windsurfing. This is an eco-tourist’s and nature-lover’s dream destination!
St. John Quick Facts
The electrical current in the Virgin Islands is the same as on the U.S. mainland, 110 to 120 volts AC (60 cycles).
There is no passport requirement for U.S. citizens for direct travel to St. John. If you return to the mainland U.S. from St. John through another country (Mexico or Bermuda, for example), you will need a passport.
Drink only bottled water
Eastern Standard Time (UTC/GMT -4 hours)
December to April