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.

Bike and Scooter Rental

St. John is a very hilly island. This makes it a great option for mountain biking, but not so much if you plan on using a bike for transportation. Additionally, if you decide to rent a scooter, make sure it is powerful enough to handle the hills.

If you are thinking about riding in the open air, you will find a couple of places that can help make it happen. Click here to view our page dedicated to bike and scooter rentals.


St. John Diving

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

You'll find 4 dive services and at least 15 different dive sites to choose from. For a more comprehensive look at diving in this area use this link.


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.

If you enjoy fishing you'll be pleased to know there are a few charter fishing services located in this area. Click here to find our page regarding this topic.

Sailing and Boating

Kekoa Sailing Expeditions

More details about area firms that can enable you to spend some time out on the open water can be found down below.

Boating Opportunities On St. John
Name Phone Location
Boat Day V.I. (855) 262-8329 Downtown Cruz Bay
Calypso Charters (340) 777-7245 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 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
Sail Pepper (340) 771-7011 Coral Bay, Central St. John
Sail Safaris (340) 626-8181 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
Wish Upon a Star Charters (631) 946-9292 Central St. John

If you want to find out about charter operators and local marinas visit this page.


St. John Spice

If you have some people who love to shop in your group, they can browse a few of the 53 retail stores in the area. Navigate here to view our page dedicated to shopping on St. John.


Annaberg Plantation

Sightseeing is also a great way to spend some of your time on St. John. Area sights include 16 historic sites and various other attractions of interest to visitors Vacationers who enjoy being outside will often enjoy visiting the area's waterfall and outdoor parks. Navigate to this extended discussion about area sightseeing attractions if you'd like to learn additional details.

Information about a firm that can help you have a great time enjoying the local sights can be found in the table below.

Sightseeing Services On And Around St. John
Name Type Phone Location Island
Ecotours Mangrove Lagoon Nature Tourism Service (340) 779-2155 1.6 mi. West-Southwest of Central Red Hook St. Thomas
Hidden Reef Eco-Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service (340) 513-9613 2.3 mi. East of Central Coral Bay St. John
VI Ecotours Nature Tourism Service (370) 779-2155 0.9 mi. North-Northeast of Downtown Cruz Bay St. John


If you like to snorkel there's good news -- you'll have the chance in the waters surrounding St. John. To get more information about local snorkeling opportunities, follow this link.


Relaxing in a spa just might be one of the most memorable parts of your entire vacation. If you enjoy going to spas, you'll be pleased to discover there are several in the area. For a more comprehensive look at this topic, visit this article concerning your options for visiting a spa in this area.


Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas

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

The following list can help with your decision making process. At a glance, you'll see the number of tennis courts on-site, whether lights are available for evening play, and a few other details. Click on each name 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 2.0 mi. East-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 instance, Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas is located directly on the beach, where you can go and relax between games.

Other Activities

Take a minute to read this table for a list of other activities.

Other Activities On And Around St. John
Name Type Phone Location Island
Arawak Expeditions Watersports Operator (340) 693-8312 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
Cruz Bay Watersports Watersports Operator (340) 776-6234 0.7 mi. Southeast of Downtown Cruz Bay St. John
Island Surf and Sail Watersports Operator (284) 494-0123 0.4 mi. Northwest of Central Frenchman's Cay Frenchman's Cay

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