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 in 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 at any time of the year.
Hence, you can already plan your summer sailing adventure! Take advantage of having fun under the summer sun.
Tourists, adventure-seekers, families and other guests would never run out of places to visit amazing island. Here are a few of St John’s most popular tourists spots:
Considered an oasis of preservation, this park at St John Virgin Islands has over 7,259 acres of land and 5,650 adjacent submerged lands. In addition, this beautiful park serves as a sanctuary for tropical and migratory birds, 800 species of plants, fish, and coral life alike.
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.
Fungi Passage is a haven for adventurers journeying between Mary Point and Whistling Cay. Regardless of the intensity of the weather, sea conditions, or even the tides, one can always find solace in this tranquil channel.
The vantage point from this old sugar cane plantation is spectacular. Located on the north coast of Saint John, USVI, Mary Point Estate is a nationally recognized historic property that features a unique selection of sights and landmarks. Since its listing on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1978, visitors have flocked to admire its classic beauty. But it doesn’t stop there: travelers can also explore the site’s traditional servants’ house, outbuildings, and centuries-old cemetery.
A trip to Cruz Bay starts off with an amazing ferry ride where travelers get to witness breathtaking views of the island as it is inaccessible via airways. Apart from being the social and economic epicenter, this waterfront also houses numerous restaurants, cafes, shops, and boutiques which will fill up one’s holiday with loads of shopping! Furthermore, one can head to Mongoose Junction – a collection of businesses full of Caribbean architecture or visit The Parrot Club – in downtown Cruz Bay to take a break from sightseeing while indulging in video slots, blackjack, and roulette! And when all is said and done for the day, travelers can settle down in any of the stunning vacation rental resort condos, inns & B&Bs, or private villas for some rest and relaxation!
Coral Bay is the other, quieter town located on the Caribbean island of St. John in the US Virgin Islands. Many of its residents are boat owners living in Coral Bay Harbor, while others are nestled away high up in the hills offering picturesque views of both the Caribbean Sea and the British Virgin Islands. It’s an exciting destination that features great bars and restaurants, three grocery stores, as well as funky shops such as Jolly Dog for tourists and locals to explore! You’ll know you’ve reached Coral Bay when you come across a spot aptly known as “The Triangle”. Perfect for those seeking a relaxing break from bustling city life.
For travelers seeking some serenity, St. John’s East End is a great destination. Accessible only by car or jeep, it is more secluded than other parts of the island. Here you can explore stunning beaches such as Haulover Bay, Brown Bay and White Sand Beach – perfect for swimming and snorkeling – and experience natural wonders like Perlican Rock Snorkeling and Limetree Cove Beach.
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