Known as the most tranquil of the four US Virgin Islands, St. John's natural beauty has been preserved as part of the Virgin Islands National Park.
Excellent anchorages lie on the North and South sides of the island while some of the best shops in the Caribbean can be found in Cruz Bay. If you like artistic and exotic things and jewelery, visit Mongoose Junction and Caravan Gallery.
There are a variety of dining options on the Island with restaurants specializing in gourmet creations, eclectic fusions, Italian, Tex Mex, Pizza and Pub-style fare. Take your pick. Note that you may need reservations during busy evenings.
If you're feeling spontaneous, just wander down the small streets until you find a place that intrigues you. The town is tiny and most places are no more than a block from the waterfront.
The natural beauty of St. John can be seen all around the Island. Here is a listing of notable places:
- Leinster Bay is a well protected anchorage with great snorkeling around Waterlemon Cay
- The Annaberg Ruins are of historical and cultural interest
- Caneel, Maho, and Francis Bays are beautiful spots on the north side of the Island as long as the north swell is not up
- Cinnamon Bay is also beautiful and with only 8 mooring balls, you can have the place mostly to yourself.
- Hawksnest Bay is also one of our favorites, as it is always uncrowded and lets you decompress after the busy rush of St. Thomas.
- On the south side, visit Salt Pond or Lameshur Bays, Hurricane Hole, or Coral Bay. You really get to sense island time here, so kick back and go with the flow… as a matter of fact go with the flow throughout the islands.