Activities on St. John

Photo credit: © Navin Rajagopalan CC

The smallest and, according to many, the loveliest island in the US Virgin Islands, St. John is only accessible by boat which gives you an idea of how little development has occurred here.  In fact, about two-thirds of the island is designated as a national park and many of the activities available to tourists center around natural living.

When you aren't enjoying time relaxing on the balcony of your luxury villa or camped out on the beach, you'll likely find yourself drawn to the sea.  A ferry travels back and forth between St. Thomas and St. John throughout the day, but the same harbor that houses the ferry terminal is also the main anchorage and departure point for yachts, fishing boats, and boats that belong to scuba diving operators.  All of these activities can be , and are, done by visitors on a daily basis. 

As you head inland, the verdant grounds of the national park welcome guests in for miles of hiking trails and if you have a tour guide, they will be able to share with you their knowledge of local flora and fauna.  When it comes to the shopping scene, most visitors are pleasantly surprised by the quality and eclectic nature of available goods.


St. John Diving

St. John is known as the nature-orientated US Virgin Island. This eco-focus translates to some superb locations to dive.

There are 4 dive operators and at least 15 different dive sites to choose from. Click to visit our page about diving opportunities in this area.


As you might expect, the natural waters surrounding St. John make it a great destination for shore fishing, while the warm virgin island waters make it just as good for sportfishing. In otherwords, St. John is a prime location no matter what kind of fishing you are wanting to do.

Like fishing? You might be happy to learn there are 4 charter operators in this area. Click on this link to visit our page concerning this topic.

Sailing and Boating

Kekoa Sailing Expeditions

The table directly below provides you with some details regarding firms that can help you get out on the water.

Boating Opportunities On St. John
Name Phone Location
Boat Day V.I. (855) 262-8329 Downtown Cruz Bay
Born to Rhumb Charters (908) 528-0203 Downtown Cruz Bay
Cloud 9 Sailing Adventures (340) 998-1940 Downtown Cruz Bay
Copeland Boat Charters (340) 690-9988 Downtown Cruz Bay
Island Roots (340) 643-5000 Downtown Cruz Bay
Kekoa Sailing Expeditions (340) 244-7245 0.3 mi. West of Downtown Cruz Bay
Lion In Da Sun (340) 626-4783 Downtown Cruz Bay
Palm Tree Charters (340) 643-4239 Downtown Cruz Bay
Sadie Sea Charters (340) 514-0778 Downtown Cruz Bay
Salty Dog Day Sails (340) 244-7290 Central St. John
Singing Dog Sailing Day Tours (717) 602-3536 Downtown Cruz Bay
Southern Hospitality (340) 998-4399 Downtown Cruz Bay
Wayward Sailor (340) 473-9705 Downtown Cruz Bay
Wharfside Watersports Charters (340) 474-0474 Downtown Cruz Bay

If you're interested in learning about charter operators and marinas go to this page.


Jolly Dog

If you have some folks who enjoy window shopping traveling with you, they can check out a few of the area's 38 retail stores. For information concerning opportunities for shopping on St. John, check out this page.


Annaberg Plantation

Yet another good way to use some of your time is to experience the area's interesting sights. The area's sights include 16 historic sites and various other attractions of interest to vacationers. Visitors who like the open air will often enjoy visiting the area's waterfall and the outdoor park. For a better look at available sightseeing attractions, read this article.

Information concerning a firm that will help you have a great time sightseeing can be found in the following table:

Sightseeing Services On And Around St. John
Name Type Phone Location Island
In Theory Charters Excursions and Sightseeing Service (340) 677-0050 0.6 mi. North-Northeast of Central Red Hook St. Thomas
Mermaid Swim VI Excursions and Sightseeing Service (340) 228-4977 Coral Bay, Central St. John St. John
VI Ecotours Nature Tourism Service (370) 779-2155 0.9 mi. North-Northeast of Downtown Cruz Bay St. John
Virgin Island Ecotours Mangrove Lagoon Nature Tourism Service (877) 684-2441 1.6 mi. West-Southwest of Central Red Hook St. Thomas


VI Ecotours

If you enjoy underwater sightseeing there's good news -- you can easily find places to do so in the waters off the coast of St. John. To navigate to our complete guide to local snorkeling opportunities, visit this page.


St. John Spas

Relaxing for a few hours in a spa just might be one of the most memorable parts of your entire vacation. If a spa visit sounds like fun, you'll be pleased to discover there are a few in this area. Readers can find out more concerning this topic can do so by visiting this page.


Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas

If you enjoy playing tennis you might want to make your reservations at a hotel with a tennis court. Fortunately, there are 5 properties in the area that offer tennis.

The following table summarizes some key facts. At a glance, you'll see the number of tennis courts on-site, whether lighting is available for evening play, and some other details. Click on the names to read about other aspects of the property.

Accommodations with Tennis On And Around St. John
Property Location Island Tennis Courts Lit Courts Tennis Pro
Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas 0.7 mi. Southeast of Central Red Hook St. Thomas 2 check
Caneel Bay Resort 1.0 mi. Northeast of Downtown Cruz Bay St. John 10 check check
The Westin St. John Resort 0.8 mi. Southeast of Downtown Cruz Bay St. John 6 check
Crystal Cove 1.8 mi. Northeast of Central Maroon Town St. Thomas 4 check
The Anchorage Beach Resort 2.0 mi. East of Central Maroon Town St. Thomas 5

For example, Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas is located directly on the beach, where you can go and relax between games.

Other Activities

Information about some other activities are listed in the chart below.

Other Activities On And Around St. John
Name Type Phone Location Island
Arawak Expeditions Watersports Operator (340) 693-8312 0.2 mi. Northeast of Downtown Cruz Bay St. John
Carolina Corral Horseback Riding Site (340) 693-5778 Coral Bay, Central St. John St. John
Cruz Bay Tennis Tennis Club -- Downtown Cruz Bay St. John
Island Surf and Sail Watersports Operator (284) 340-0123 0.4 mi. Northwest of Central Frenchman's Cay Frenchman's Cay
Wharfside Watersports Rentals Watersports Equipment Shop (340) 474-0474 Downtown Cruz Bay St. John

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