St. John Travel Guide
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- 98%Family Travelers
- 98%Business Travelers
- 98%Green Travelers
- 51%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 51%Local Culture
- 51%Luxury Travelers
Member Reviews (27)
- St. JohnJul 02, 2013
I HAVE BEEN A VIRGIN ISLANDER SINCE 1959. I CAN HONESTLY SAY THAT ST JOHN IS ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL ISLANDS IN THE WORLD. OUR BEACHES ARE BEYOND BEAUTIFUL AND WE ARE 2/3RDS NATIONAL PARK SO WILL ALWAYS BE NATURAL AND PROTECTED. LOOK AT OUR WATERS! IS THERE ANYTHING MORE BEAUTIFUL? COME VISIT SOON!!
- St. JohnMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFamily Travelers+ 1Sep 13, 2012
Two thirds of the island are a natural park. Beaches are wonderful and wild. The main town is small and nice, with colorful buildings and few shops. It's a very calm and peaceful island, a piece of paradise, perfect for a relaxing holiday among nature. Keep an eye on mosquitos, there are really a lot of them.
- St. JohnOct 19, 2013
If you are coming to the Caribbean to escape then this is the island for you. Sparsely developed thanks to two-thirds of the island being National Park. Cruz Bay is the "downtown area" of the island. You will see some of the most pristine and beautiful beaches in the world. Drinking is the islands national pastime and they will make you some strong and tasty drinks anywhere.
- St. JohnJul 19, 2012
St. John...It was seriously in my top 3 for most beautiful island in the Caribbean after St. Lucia and Virgin Gorda and my favorite of the American Virgin Islands. I have been here several times, once single, once not...I'll be the first to say...This isn't the place to come single...lol...St. Thomas perhaps...lol.
Both times staying in Cruz Bay, which was pretty much central to all things on the island. I would have to say this is the place to be. The beaches here all around the island are top notch as some of the best beaches I have ever been to are on St John: MAHO BAY, HAWKSNEST BAY, CINNOMON BAY, TRUNK BAY, CANEEL BAY, TURTLE BAY, DENIS BAY all NORTHERN BAYS...there are many others I had Hiked to, but many of them are not accessed by car/road.
The people are nice and friendly, but I had MAJOR issues with the food, from being too expensive to being just outright awful! The Locals live very Poor Lives...while the rich get all the ocean properties and live like kings...isn't it always the way it works. I have been to many islands in my life time and now live in Hawaii and what I have noticed is the fact that no matter what island I have been to the local islanders live very minimal lives. On islands such as these there are RICH and there are POOR...nothing in between.
Even if this is something that has always upset me...what could I truly do...All I can do is tell you my honest opinion...The island of St. John is beautiful and is a MUST VISIT...but the food is expensive, far beyond what I pay for food here in Hawaii, EVERYTHING IS SHIPPED IN! For what you get in food here it's seriously not worth it so watch where you eat and what you get. Don't forget...you drive on the opposite side of the street here...this can take a day or two to get use to so don't forget and if you rent a car get a jeep, or mopeds! Always keep things of value out of sight or not in your car at all. Make sure you check out the historical sites and GO HIKING! It's AMAZING HERE TO HIKE! The views...BREATHTAKING!
NOTE: If you choose to vacation or are having a honeymoon here...this is the island to launch from or have your base at if you are spending several weeks on the Virgin islands. It's GREAT that there are so many American and British Islands, because if you stay on one of these small islands for 2 weeks you will be bored...You can see all of St. John in 2-3 days. It is wise to launch from St. John then visit St. Thomas, St. Croix, Jost Van Dyke, Tortola and Virgin Gorda...there is one more, Anegada, but I have never visited that island. I know that many don't because of the distance it is from all the other main islands...Anegada is truly on it's own.
- St. JohnJul 19, 2012
My family and I have been to St. John a number of times over the past eight years, and we love it. The island is three quarters national park, which means it is largely untouched by man (see Aruba for the opposite). Beautiful, isolated beaches and fantastic snorkeling abound.
- St. JohnJul 11, 2012
This is our favorite Island to visit for a number of reasons... It’s beautiful, safe, English speaking, and it’s not crowded even during busy season. The locals are very friendly but EXTREMELY laid back and casual which is our style. Don’t expect people to dote on you for service it won’t happen service is good but very slow no matter where you frequent. It does not take long to get here from Michigan (about 4 hour flight + ½ hour boat ride.
The Island itself is beautiful and you have to get off the resort and drive around to really appreciate it. There are many awesome beaches plus hiking trails and historical sites for the true explorers. Snorkeling around the island is average/good for a Caribbean island. Scuba Diving is very good here but there are better Islands if that is your main goal. Our favorite activities are: (1) Renting boats and island hopping throughout the US and British Virgin Islands – Awesome! (2) day tripping to one of the beaches, and then catching lunch at Skinny Legs (great burgers) or Donkey Diner (Best Pizza in the Caribbean) (3) Going to Caneel Bay Resort to catch a sunset and a drink (4) Scuba Diving (5) Hanging out at the Westin Resort Pool (6) Hanging out in Cruz Bay (Mongoose Junction, Great little town... Home of Mongoose Junction, The Beach Bar, St John Brewers Tap Room Pub and several good local restaurants, etc…)
- St. JohnJul 04, 2012
St. John is paradise! Virgin Islands National Park makes up most of the island, so the island is full of beautiful, undisturbed beaches and hiking trails. Boats are your only way to get to the island, so be sure plan a day trip if you're visiting St. Thomas.
- St. JohnJul 04, 2012
Tropical paradise. Need I say more? ok, I will. I am not a fan of overdeveloped places, and while St. John has its mega-resorts, it's easy to get away. Deserted beaches are numerous and jungle hiking is divine. The snorkeling is some of the best in the Caribbean (Waterlemon Cay is my fav spot)
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