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About St John

The US Virgin Islands and particular the largest ones, St. Thomas, St. Croix, and St. John, were known collectively as the Danish West Indies until the United States bought the territory in 1917 during World War I.  Of the USVI, St Johnís is the most beautiful with over 60% of the land as national parks territory and much of that national park underwater. It might take no more than an hour to cross the island which is only 9 miles by 5 miles in measure.  The current population is roughly 11,000 people.


For Beach Bunnies

If you just want to lay out with a cocktail, beach chair and get a good tan, you can check out the beaches around Cruz Bay, including the Westin St John Resort Beach and go inside for a spa treatment or two. At some of the beach front resorts, hammocks and beach-side dining are available. However, since St John is known for having some of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean, go explore the stunning National Park beaches such as Trunk Bay, Hawksnest Bay, Cinnamon Bay and Maho Bay for starters Click here for information about St John beaches. 


For Adventurers

Thereís over 5,000 acre of Natíl Park land and 20 hiking trails!  Thereís east access by car and even bike and the Virgin Islands National Park and its Rangers offer hikes, seashore walks, historic, cultural and snorkeling tours, bird watching and informal evening lectures to visitors.  On St. John, water sports abound: scuba diving, snorkeling, sailing, power boating, beach lounging and swimming. Leaving the town area means. There are other historical monuments to explore, including the Windberg Estate, the Frederikdal ruins, and the restored Annaberg Plantation.  Visit St John  Adventures (www.stjohnadventures.com) among others for options.  See also J&J Activities at


For Power Shoppers

On St Johnís thereís more sightseeing than shops, but the town of Cruz Bay offers great options and many unique markets and gifts. You can check out Wharfside Village and Mongoose Junction, St. John's island-style malls, plus many other shops and galleries.  But if you really want to shop, visit the most popular cruise ship dock in the Caribbean, only 5 miles away by public ferry, St Thomas.  The island offers endless options for duty-free shopping ranging from discount to designer; crafty to couture.  While youíre there, for something different check out the Native Arts and Crafts Center with work from traditional artists.   



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St Johns and USVI Information

US Virgin Island State Parks                www.nps.gov/viia

US Virgin Islands Tourism                     www.usvi.net

Maps of USVI                                       www.virgin-islands-on-line.com/maps.shtml