St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands
Ideal for: Island hoppers, snorkelers, beach lovers, families
Located just four miles east of St. Thomas, St. John is the smallest of the three main U.S. Virgin Islands.
About 60% of the island is protected as Virgin Islands National Park, known for its pristine white-sand beaches, protected coral reefs, and lush foliage.
There are no airports and no major cruise-ship docks here—it’s a blissfully secluded island where life moves at a slower pace.
In 1965, Laurance Rockefeller (of the famous Rockefeller family) donated his land holdings on St. John to the United States National Park Service. Today, more than two-thirds of the island is protected as Virgin Islands National Park, making these white-sand beaches and coral reefs some of the Caribbean’s most protected. Search for sea stars while snorkeling at Waterlemon Cay, or swim with green sea turtles at Maho Bay. More than 20 hiking trails course throughout the national park, taking trekkers past petroglyphs and sugar mill ruins. St. John’s two largest towns bookend the island. Cruz Bay is home to the main village, with plenty of shops and restaurants, while Coral Bay is its sleepier cousin.
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