Today, two-thirds of St John is part of the Virgin Islands National Park, featuring fascinating trails, secluded coves, and dazzling white beaches. Cruz Bay, the center of activity on St John, contains colorful shops, lively bars, and fabulous restaurants. Its unspoiled forests and stunning beaches attracted the attention of wealthy families such as the Rockefellers, who sought privacy and tranquility on the island.
In 1956, Laurance Rockefeller was so moved by the island that he bought and donated broad expanses of land to the National Park Service to keep St John “a thing of joy forever.”
It is warm year-round on St. John. The average high is 84-89°F, with August being the hottest month and Dec-Jan the coldest. The average min temp is 73°F-80°F. The rainiest months are October to January. However, rain showers can happen any time of the year.
St John | Places to See
Virgin Islands National Park, comprises about 9,500 acres of rolling green hills and an underwater reserve.
Peace Hill. The hike to the top of Peace Hill is an easy one. Once you reach the top you’ll see the remains of a windmill and a plaque marking the spot where the “Christ of the Caribbean” statue once stood. It was destroyed by Hurricane Marilyn in 1995.
Mary Point Estate. The vantage point from this old sugar cane plantation is spectacular.
Things to Do
Visit the beach. Trunk Bay, Hawksnest Bay, Cinnamon Bay, and Maho Bay are just four of the dozens of beaches on St John.
Snorkel. The shallow waters around the island make for some superb snorkeling. One of the most popular spots is Watermelon Cay. Here you may spot Green Sea Turtles, rays, conch and large starfish. Although you may be mesmerized by the underwater world, be very careful of the current, which can be quite strong at times.
Shop. Cruz Bay has a variety of shops selling everything from jewelry, clothing, to local art. Also, you’ll find food markets, fine restaurants, cafes, and coffee shops.
Hike. The Reef Bay Trail takes hikers through dense forests, plantation ruins, and rock outcroppings marked by well-preserved petroglyphs.
Get in the water. Since more than one-third of the national parkland is underwater, snorkeling, scuba diving, and sailing are popular activities on St John. An underwater trail at Trunk Bay provides some of the best snorkeling in the Caribbean.
Relax and rejuvenate. Visit a spa or get a massage. Take a yoga or pilates class.