A promise is a promise so here it is… We’ve compiled the top 4 things to do in St. John, the unspoiled gem of the U.S. Virgin Islands! No passport is required for US citizens traveling to this amazing Caribbean spot that’s perfect for destination weddings, vow renewals and honeymoons. A true escape, sixty percent of St. John is a national park, pristine and perfectly preserved in its original, natural form. Sounds beyond amazing, right? Let the daydreaming begin!
What’s your favorite way to explore the sea? Popular water attractions in St. John include swimming, sportfishing, diving, snorkeling, windsurfing, kiteboarding and snuba diving – a cross between snorkeling and scuba diving. Prefer sailing to sports? Rent a charter boat and spend the day relaxing, sightseeing, picnicking or island hopping. For more info, click here.
The smallest of the main islands but certainly not the least, St. John is known for its paradise white sandy beaches and rich, preserved forests. The island offers over two dozen well-kept hiking trails for every type of hiker. Book a tour with an experienced professional or venture out on your own if you are a seasoned hiker. Or, horseback through time and experience the island’s countryside like most of the locals did up until the 1950’s. Plan a trip to Pastory Gardens to explore its gorgeous botanical gardens, miniature gold course and restaurant. History buffs will love exploring the Annaberg Sugar Plantation Ruins and the Peace Hill Ruins. More interested in relaxing by the sea? Visit world-renowned Trunk Bay, Maho Bay Beach and Cinnamon Bay. You won’t be disappointed!
Despite its small size, St. John has a surprisingly large selection of restaurants to choose from. Here are our top 4 places to eat in St. John:
ZoZo’s Ristorante. Located at the Sugar Mill at the Gallow’s Point Resort in Caneel Bay, this top-rated Italian restaurant offers dishes with a hint of Caribbean flavor.
Extra Virgin Bistro. With a relaxed, cozy ambiance, excellent service and delicious menu, it’s easy to see how this Cruz Bay restaurant is an island favorite.
Sam and Jack’s Deli. Perfect for quick take-out or a delicious lunch, this deli located in Cruz Bay offers generously sized sandwiches and salads.
Indigo Grill. This casual, diverse Coral Bay restaurant offers delicious fish tacos, spicy mojito prawns and fresh pizzas that are praised in almost every review!
For a complete list of St. John restaurants categorized by cuisine type, click here.
Who doesn’t love duty-free shopping? With an allowance of $1,600.00, you’d be crazy to miss out on saving 30 to 60% off US prices during your Caribbean vacation.
Unique shops, casual restaurants and fine dining can be found at Mongoose Junction in Cruz Bay. Inspired by the Danish plantations of the 1800s, a local architect incorporated native stone, brick and coral into the design of this popular shopping center while landscaping it with lush tropical plants. Click here for more about Mongoose Junction.
Looking for souvenirs, native jewelry, an informal meal and local, island drinks? Wharfside Village offers all of this and more! Not far from Mongoose Junction in Cruz Bay, this vibrant shopping destination is conveniently close to the ferry. Consider also visiting the quaint local shops in Coral Bay which are ideal for t-shirts, custom jewelry and local art.
Stay tuned for future posts and information about the USVI’s third island, St. Thomas. To plan your trip to the U.S. Virgin Islands, go to VisitUSVI.com today!