Activities on St. John

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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 intrigued by the idea of enjoying the scenery at a leisurely pace, there are a couple of rental agencies that can help. To navigate to our detailed guide to bike or scooter rentals, check out this page.


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 several dive operators and at least 15 interesting dive sites in the area. To see our guide to diving in this area, click here.


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're a fishing fanatic you might be happy to learn there are several charter fishing services located in this area. You can get more information about fishing in this area can do so by clicking here.

Sailing and Boating

Kekoa Sailing Expeditions

The following table enables you to get some key facts concerning local providers that will enable you to get out on the open water.

Boating Opportunities On St. John
Name Phone Location
Boat Day V.I. (855) 262-8329 Downtown Cruz Bay
Born to Rhumb Charters (340) 514-0834 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 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'd like to learn about marinas and charter operators go to this page.


St. John Spice

If you have some people who love to shop traveling with you, they might enjoy exploring a few of the 56 retail stores in the area. To visit our detailed page about shopping on St. John, click this link.


Annaberg Plantation

Another good way to spend some of your vacation is exploring the area's sights and natural environment. Sights in the area include 16 historic sites and various other attractions of interest to tourists. Visitors who enjoy the natural environment might have a pleasant time visiting the area's waterfall and outdoor parks. To find out about other area sightseeing attractions, visit this page.

Information about a firm that will help you get the most out of your sightseeing time can be seen 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
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


VI Ecotours

If you love to snorkel there's good news -- you'll have the chance in the waters off the coast of St. John. Click here to check out our page about local snorkeling opportunities.


Relaxing for a few hours in a spa could be one of the highlights of your vacation. If a visit to the spa sounds like fun, you will be happy to know there are several in this area. Click here to read our page regarding this topic.


Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas

If you're a tennis player 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 table can help clarify your options. You can view the number of courts available, whether lighting is offered, and some other details. Click on each name to read more details concerning 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 concerning some other activities are shown right below.

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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