St. John, the smallest & most idyllic of the three United States Virgin Islands, is best known for its dozens of post card perfect white sand beaches, turquoise bays abounding in colorful corals & rainbows of tropical fish & endless vistas of green velvet hills. Only nine miles long & three miles wide, two thirds of the island is the Virgin Islands National Park, so its spectacular beaches & untouched forests will remain that way for generations to come & be accessible to all. There are tours of the National Park by Jeep or safari bus & hikes on spectacular trails led by Park Rangers who enrich the experience with talks on the island’s history & geology as well as its flora & fauna. Frequent visitors to St. John are beach lovers who aren’t content to only read about St. John in books but are always ready to go back to the beach.
While it is only twenty minutes from St. Thomas by convenient hourly ferry, St. John is the peaceful, uncommercialized paradise of island fantasies. It has no high-rise buildings, cruise ship docks or airport. Visitors can obtain discounted air fares to St. Thomas.
Despite its unspoiled atmosphere, it offers every facility & amenity found at major resorts.
Watersports abound! One can charter boats from kayaks to ketches to catamarans by the day or week, with or without captain. Day excursions for sightseeing, picnicking, snorkeling, or scuba diving are offered on every variety of sail or motor craft. Sport fishing in our waters is an experience you’ll always remember. Activities on land include hikes you can take on your own or with a National Park guide, horseback riding, donkey trail rides, rock climbing, exploring historic ruins & more.
Getting around the island is easy. Cruz Bay, the major town where the ferry docks, is on the west end of the island facing Red Hook in St. Thomas. It is connected by well maintained paved roads (see map) to most of the bays & beaches & to Coral Bay, the picturesque yacht harbor on the east end of the island. Several local agencies, all a short walk from the ferry dock, offer rental cars, jeeps & canopied trucks by the day or week. Colorful canopied taxis also line the dock all day & evening, offering rides to every island destination & tours.
The spectrum of accommodations offered at every budget level include two luxury resort hotels, privately owned million dollar villas & private vacation homes with million dollar views, sophisticated condominium apartments, guest houses & small inns with lots of atmosphere & campsites in the National Park.
Most of the private homes & condominiums are managed by professional property managers who live on the island & can give complete information including brochures on their properties & assist in finding a property which meets a visitor’s requirements.
St. John’s surprisingly large selection of restaurants runs from breeze cooled spots for barbecue or burgers to air-conditioned hideaways for Continental cuisine & candlelight. There are many great chefs cooking on the island. The hotels, restaurants & bars offer evening entertainment by the great array of talented, world-class musicians that St. John attracts.
Visitors who have rented homes or condos find ample supplies of fresh & frozen foods, delicatessen & baked goods & a good selection of liquors & wines.
For vacationers staying on St. John or day trippers from St. Thomas or cruise ships, shopping on St. John is a pleasant surprise, whether for luxuries or necessities. Instead of the cheap T-shirt stops which plague so many resorts, St. John offers imaginative shops with distinctive resort wear, quality jewelry, unique international & local crafts & duty free luxury goods. The island is home to many talented artists who work in a wide array of mediums & modes. Meet them & see their work at the island’s art galleries & artists’ studios. Take home a made-on-St. John work of art that can bring back the island feeling every time you look at it. St. John’s three shopping areas, all within walking distance of the ferry & each with a personality all its own, are attractions in themselves offering charming restaurants, cafes & bars along with the shops.
Just being on St. John promotes health & wellness. Take it a step further & pamper, groom, work out, adjust, sweat, revitalize, integrate, renew, beautify or refresh yourself while you visit. What if you get too much sun? Or maybe you would like to know about the medical resources on St. John, just in case. Our island has that covered too.
Special situations are easily handled. When you would like to send a fax, check your e-mail, fill a prescription, find a newspaper, or need other helpful services, St. John probably offers just what you need.
Always inspiring, St. John has been written about from every angle & many books tell tales of fact & fiction, suggest things to do & reveal its hidden treasures.
Maybe you have already fallen in love with St. John and would like to explore the possibility of owning your own home, villa, or condominium on this beautiful island. Our real estate companies will be happy to discuss the possibilities. They can also show you home sites of many varieties. Whether you are considering building your cottage on the beach or your dream house, you will want to work with experienced local professionals. The island’s architects, designers & builders can discuss with you, the special joys of construction in a tropical paradise & work with you to make your vision a reality.
Maybe you have fallen in love with each other & would like to know more about weddings on St. John. A perfect ceremony & celebration in paradise, as simple or elaborate as you wish, is an island specialty. Our many charming houses of worship would be happy to see you at your nuptials or at any service during your visit.
Most people who visit, come back again & again. And are always welcome!