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 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 exploring a new environment with the wind in your face, there are a few places that can help you. Follow this link to read our article about bike and scooter rentals.
St. John is known as the nature-orientated US Virgin Island. This eco-focus translates to some superb locations to dive.
You'll find several dive operators and at least 15 different dive sites in the area. To read a more detailed discussion of diving in this area read this article.
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.
Hoping to spend some time with a rod in your hand? You'll be glad to discover there are 4 charter fishing services located in this area. To read a more complete discussion of fishing in the area follow this link.
The chart right below summarizes some details regarding local providers that will enable you to spend some time out on the open water.
|(340) 777-7245||Downtown Cruz Bay|
|Cloud 9 Sailing Adventures||(340) 998-1940||Downtown Cruz Bay|
|Copeland Boat Charters||(340) 777-1368||Downtown Cruz Bay|
|Island Roots||(340) 643-5000||Downtown Cruz Bay|
|Isle-mon Charters||(207) 475-8578||Downtown Cruz Bay|
|Kekoa Sailing Expeditions||(340) 244-7245||Downtown Cruz Bay|
|Lion In Da Sun||(340) 625-4783||Downtown Cruz Bay|
|Mermaid Charters||(340) 642-1998||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||Cruz Bay|
|Wish Upon a Star Charters||(631) 946-9292||Central St. John|
If you want to read about nearby marinas and charter operators click this link.
If you have some folks who enjoy window shopping in your group, they're not totally out of luck -- there are at least 62 retailers in this area. Take advantage of this extended discussion if you'd like to read more concerning shopping on St. John.
Yet another great activity for visitors is to enjoy the area's sights and natural beauty. Area sights include 16 historic sites and various other attractions of interest to travelers. Tourists who enjoy being outside are likely to have a good time at the area's waterfall and outdoor parks. For more in-depth coverage of available sightseeing attractions, read this page.
Information concerning a firm that will help you enjoy some local sightseeing can be found in the following chart:
|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||(340) 779-2155||0.9 mi. North-Northeast of Downtown Cruz Bay||St. John|
If you enjoy looking at fish you're in luck -- you'll have plenty of chances to do so in the waters surrounding St. John. Those wanting to get more details concerning opportunities to go snorkeling by following this link.
Relaxing in a spa might be one of the highlights of your vacation. If you enjoy going to spas, you will be happy to learn there are several in the area. To find out about other the options, follow this link.
If you like to play tennis your best bet is to make your reservations at a hotel that has a tennis court. Fortunately, there are 5 properties in the area that offer tennis.
The table below highlights some key facts. You can view the number of courts available, whether lighting is available for evening play, and a few other details. Click on each name to read about other aspects of the property.
|Property||Location||Island||Tennis Courts||Lit Courts||Tennis Pro|
|Westin Resort, St. John||0.8 mi. Southeast of Downtown Cruz Bay||St. John||6|
|Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas||3.3 mi. West of Central downtown Cruz Bay||St. Thomas||2|
|Caneel Bay Resort||1.0 mi. Northeast of Downtown Cruz Bay||St. John||10|
|Crystal Cove||2.0 mi. East-Northeast of Central Maroon Town||St. Thomas||4|
|The Anchorage Beach Resort||2.0 mi. East of Central Maroon Town||St. Thomas||5|
For example, Westin Resort, St. John is located directly on the beach, where you can go and relax between games.
The table below lists some details regarding other activities.
|Arawak Expeditions||Watersports Operator||(340) 693-8312||Cruz Bay|
|Arawak Expeditions||Snorkeling Tour Operator||(340) 693-8312||Downtown Cruz Bay|
|Carolina Corral||Horseback Riding Site||(340) 693-5778||Coral Bay, Central St. John|
|Massage Therapist||(340) 693-8238||Cruz Bay|
|Crabby's Watersports||Snorkeling Equipment Rental Service||(340) 714-2415||Central St. John|
|Tennis Club||--||Downtown Cruz Bay|
|Cruz Bay Watersports||Watersports Operator||(340) 776-6234||Cruz Bay|
|Snorkeling Equipment Rental Service||(340) 776-6256||Downtown Cruz Bay|
|Low Key Waterports||Snorkeling Tour Operator||(340) 693-8999||Downtown Cruz Bay|
|Watersports Operator||--||Downtown Cruz Bay|
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