Explore St John Virgin Islands

At just 9 miles long and 5 miles wide, St John- the smallest of the three US Virgin Islands- can easily be called one of the most beautiful islands in both the Caribbean and the world. With three-quarters of the island protected as National Park land, visitors and locals alike are able to step back in history to see what the Caribbean must have looked like to Christopher Columbus when he first arrived on these islands back in 1493- lush green hillsides, miles of powdery white sand beaches, and endless blue ocean.

A quick ferry ride from neighboring St Thomas will carry visitors across the Pillsbury Sound and to the shores of St John. Brightly colored Wharfside Village, tucked behind the old sea grape trees of Cruz Bay Beach, welcomes visitors and locals alike with lively beach bars, fine dining, and eclectic shopping. Stop in to one of the numerous bars or restaurants to sip an hours-long happy hour cocktail as you watch the bustling beach scene, the endless parade of dinghy traffic to and from the moored boats, and the sun sink into St Thomas, painting the sky orange, red, and pink to cap off another day in tropical paradise.

During the day, visitors can shop at nearby Mongoose Junction, enjoy a leisurely lunch of local specialties at one of St John's many world-class restaurants, rent a Jeep to explore the island, lounge on one of St John's 35 pristine beaches (many of which are in protected National Parks land), or take to the high seas with a boat ride! Enjoy some snorkeling on leisurely sail to Jost Van Dyke, home of the world-famous Soggy Dollar Bar on White Bay Beach. Or if "seeing it all" is more your speed, book a trip on one of St John's many power boats to explore famous sites in the BVI like The Baths, The Caves, The Indians, or even the Willy T- a floating pirate bar anchored just off Norman Island, what is fabled to be the "real" Treasure Island.

Thanks to the major presence of the National Park, St John is often best explored via hiking, snorkeling or kayaking on an eco-tour. Grab your mask and fins and head to Trunk Bay Beach's Underwater Trail, where underwater plaques tell snorkelers about the coral and fish they're seeing. Or get off the beaten path and hike to famous spots like Waterlemon Cay off Leinster Bay or Salt Pond Bay for vibrant snorkeling even experienced snorkelers will enjoy. Explore hidden beaches with a guide-led kayaking trip, or if you're feeling adventurous, rent a dinghy for the afternoon and be your own captain! Whether you explore foot or by fin, in a Jeep or on a boat, St John's pristine natural beauty is sure to strike awe into even the most seasoned world traveler.

St John is the perfect US Virgin Island to start from to visit the British Virgin Islands for the day on a boat trip. We can help you find day sail trips, power boats, diving or snorkeling trips to the BVI with departures from both Cruz Bay and Coral Bay. Call or email us today to find a day trip to the USVI or BVI from St John.

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