The US Virgin Islands Best Guide

St. John

Experience the Best of "Love City" St. John

Home to the Virgin Islands National Park which protects over 7,000 acres of the 12,500 acre island. It offers visitors a unique opportunity to enjoy and appreciate the beautiful natural resources of the island.

Cruz Bay is the main town on St. John and is the location of the ferry docks which connect St. John to St. Thomas. Resorts and vacation villas are found largely in and close to Cruz Bay and Coral Bay.

Cruz Bay & Coral Bay have restaurants, shops, grocery stores and other businesses that cater to the residents and visitors.

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About St. John, Virgin Islands

The Virgin Islands National Park on St. John includes beaches that can be rated on a scale where 1 equals beautiful and 10 is totally awesome. It includes hiking trails in forests, past historical sugar plantation ruins, around salt ponds, over hills and through valleys. Park rangers offer programs and talks including bird watching, hikes and cultural demonstrations.

Many visitors to St. John report getting hooked. Some comment that while still on vacation they are already figuring out when they can come back! They are hooked on the relaxing pace of things on St. John, on the opportunities for snorkeling, island hopping, windsurfing, sailing, shopping, dining, and on the beauty of the National Park.

St. Thomas is the gateway to St. John which does not have an airport. Regular ferry service connects the two islands. St. John is an easy day trip for visitors staying on St. Thomas.

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Start Planning Your St. John Vacation


Places to Stay

Hotels, Guest Houses & Villas. Find the perfect place to stay on your St. John vacation.
Accomadation List


Experienced chefs create mouth-watering entrees, often offering a large selection from continental cuisine to French, Italian and Caribbean foods.
Restaurant Options
Driving with Donkeys

Car Rental

Renting a car is the best way to see the whole island at your own pace. Just remember we drive on the left and watch out for the donkeys.
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St. John Taxi

Taxis & Rates

Taxis are a popular transportation choice for visitors to St. John. Find rates and private taxi options.
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St. John Activites & Attractions

Things To Do & See

St. John in the Virgin Islands is a great vacation place with lovely beaches. You can do fun things like sailing, snorkeling, taking island tours, and hiking. If you like adventure, try parasailing, scuba diving, or fishing. St. John has something for everyone.


St. John Chater Boats

Boat Rentals & Charters

Go Boating! Boating is one of the highlights of a vacation to St. John. More


SUP & Kayak Excursions

The Virgin Islands National Park’s beaches, coral reefs, historic ruins and hiking trails provide endless hours of exploration. More

Sailing Charters, Virgin Islands

Sailing Excursions

The USVI are well known for sailing; the weather and scenery offer perfect conditions. More


Snorkeling & Snuba

From new, never snorkeled before to seasoned snorkelers there is something for everyone. More

Parasailing Virgin Islands

Parasailing & Jet Boats

Enjoy the excitement and thrill of flying in the sky taking in a great bird’s eye view. More

St. John Tours

Island Tours

Take a guided island tour of St. John. Enjoy scenic views, visit historic sites and learn about St. John. More

Paddle Boarding, Virgin Islands

SUP & Kayak Rentals

The waters around the islands beckon paddle boarders & kayakers to explore! More

St. John Hiking Tours

Hiking Tours

The Park offers over 20 hiking trails that vary in length, difficulty, scenery, and terrain. More


Annaberg, St. John
St. John has the Virgin Islands National park that will leave you breathless plus endless hiking and the quint town of Cruz Bay.
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Island Hopping

The Virgin Islands, including both the US and the British islands, are made up of more than 120 islands, cays and islets. Read more

St. Croix Ferry

Island hop between the big island of St. Croix and its sister island St. John by ferry.
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Beaches, shopping, and & Nightlife

What to See Around St. John

St. John Beaches

Beach Guide

Find the Perfect Beach: St. John has over 15 major beaches along its sun-drenched coasts. Read More

Dining Guide

Nightlife & Bars

If ‘chilling out’ is your type of ambiance than you will enjoy the small bars and open air ‘watering holes’ of St. John. Read More

Mongoose Junction, St. John


Shops and boutiques on St. John are well known for unique items like handmade jewelry, local crafts and paintings. Read More

Groceries, Real Estate & Weddings

St. John Island Services

Food & Drinks

Groceries & Catering

A villa provisioning company can prepare a welcome basket, stock your refrigerator and even get you started with your first night’s dinner! Read More

St. John Real Estate

Real Estate

The real estate market on St. John includes houses, land, condos, timeshare and commercial properties. Read More

Just Married, Virgin Islands

Wedding Planning

Does your dream wedding take place on a secluded beach? How about at sunset with steel pan music playing? Or perhaps on a sailboat! Read More

Plantations, Beaches & Hiking

Explore the Virgin Islands National Park

The Virgin Islands National Park on St. John encompasses miles of lush forest, historic plantation ruins, pristine beaches and coral reefs teeming with marine life.

Plantations & Ruins

Explore Ruins & Sugar Plantation.

Top Beaches

St. John beaches are a top attraction for swimming & snorkeling.

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St. John Hiking Guide

The Virgin Islands National Park on St. John offers an assortment of unique hiking trails. Over 20+ different hikes, here is some of our favorites.

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