St. John is the smallest but arguably the most gorgeous island available for those who plan to indulge themselves in a rewarding Virgin Islands vacation. The island has been well preserved environmentally and therefore the least commercialized in the archipelago. It’s accessible from St Thomas and St Croix via ferries and has a huge reputation for having the most stunning beaches in the region.
People who love nature tend to find St. John more rewarding as it is home to the Virgin Islands National Park. In fact, the park accounts for almost 70 percent of the island’s total area and contain some of the most beautiful yet rare ocean and land creatures in the Caribbean.
Unlike its sister islands, Caneel Bay Resort and the Westin St. John Resort & Villas are the only beachside resorts you can lodge if you decide to stop at St. John during your Virgin Islands vacation. These are top class resorts that offer numerous luxurious amenities as well as the chance to sunbathe while enjoying margaritas and other local delicacies.
Cruz Bay is the most vibrant community in St. John and can be compared to any top destination in the Caribbean. Tourists get access to a wide range of luxurious vacation rentals as well as small inns and guesthouses which are often very close to the island’s elegant stretches of sandy white beaches. Cruz Bay is also accessible to other popular Virgin Islands vacation destinations through ferries, boats and air.
There are tons of car rental companies available in Cruz Bay which provides Jeeps, SUVs and other vehicles to anyone looking to explore every corner of the island. The bay is also home to all classes of restaurants ranging from hip ones like La Plancha del Mar to cheap food stands that serve great tasting local and Caribbean cuisine.
Hiking is one of the best ways to enjoy your Virgin Islands vacation in St. John and its hills, valleys and national parks are accessible through the miles of hiking trails available to anyone that has the guts. You can also explore the impressive US Virgin Islands Coral Reef Monument and engage yourself in various water sports such as sailing, snorkeling, horseback riding, kayaking, etc.