St. John, USVI, is referred to as the “gem of the United States Virgin Islands”. It is one of my favorite Caribbean islands, full of sparkling waters with pristine beaches and a very non-touristy vibe. US millionaire Laurence Rockefeller was partially responsible for developing St. John in the 1950’s by donating five thousand acres of land for it to become a National Park. Two-thirds of the island of St. John are protected by the National Park Services. Over the years, many more acres have been purchased and added to the park system.
St. John offers 44 public beaches along its nine miles long stretch. The United States Virgin Islands, or USVI, is made up of three islands: St. Thomas, St. John, and St. Croix. St. Cruz is the capital of St. John, and the main town on the island and offer most of the restaurants, stores, and dive centers.For our excursion, we took a tour with the cruise line from St. Thomas to the small island of St. John, which is a twenty minute boat ride. There was some shopping near the pier at St. John for clothing, souvenirs, and Caribbean artwork, as well as a few restaurants. We visited a Mexican restaurant for tortilla chips and pico de gallo, which we had been missing during the cruise.
My favorite shops were St. John Editions for island clothing and Pink Papaya an artsy store, for nice Caribbean crafts. Our excursion also took us by bus on a drive around the island to see all the necessary beaches and places of importance, stopping at several for photo opportunities.
Seeing is believing, as the beaches at St. John can only be viewed in person to understand their sheer grandeur. Trunk Bay, makes every list and magazine, for the world’s top ten beaches. Hawks Nest Bay is the suggested place for snorkeling, and has a nearby reef. Nature is a passion here and bird watching is primo, and one might also see green and hawksbill turtles nesting there.Water sports and relaxation are the main draw to the island of St. John, and its overwhelming unspoiled beauty are most likely the selling point. Setting up a lounge chair by the ocean and enjoy the surroundings and serenity of it all, would be my idea of the perfect day in St. John. Oh, and add a Bushwacker drink to my hand please, the delicious treat made with rum, cream of coconut, Kahlua, Bailey’s Irish Creme, and Creme de Cacao.
FYI: The people of St. John are of mixed descents, which you will notice as they have an English/creole accent.
FYI: Caneel Bay Resort is on my bucket list to visit and vacation.
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