A complete guide to St John
By Andrea Milam on 20th February, 2020
St. John might be the smallest of the three main U.S. Virgin Islands, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in pure, unadulterated natural beauty. About two-thirds of the island is protected by the Virgin Islands National Park, preserving the verdant sloping hillsides, silky white sands, and shimmering turquoise waters for the enjoyment of residents and visitors alike.
Things to do in St John
Activities on St. John are largely ecocentric. Traverse the island’s 27 miles of hiking trails, from the accessible boardwalks that meander through plantation ruins or past a rich ecological salt pond habitat to the more challenging climbs that lead to incredible bird’s-eye views or off the beaten path beaches. Speaking of beaches, the island boasts some of the best in the region. Trunk Bay is a north shore showpiece. Its unimaginable beauty, underwater snorkeling trail, and full range of amenities make it the island’s most popular. There are plenty of tours and watersports companies on island to help you get the best out of your time on St. John.
Restaurants & shopping
For a small island, St. John boasts a big selection of dining options. Enjoy casual toes-in-the-sand beachfront venues, escape to an air-conditioned restaurant with delicious bar food and ice-cold libations, or treat yourself to one of the island’s fine dining venues, where truly top-notch meals are sure to be a highlight of your vacation. Shopping on St. John is an adventure. Most stores are unique, locally-owned operations with carefully selected jewelry, T-shirts, beach gear, hot sauces, artwork, and interesting souvenirs.
Immerse yourself in the island’s pristine beauty, enjoy a relaxed way of life, and see for yourself why St. John is affectionately known as Love City, a place where visitors return to time and time again.
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