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St John Island

St. John is “the most beautiful island in the Caribbean” with “the most superb beaches and views” declared Lawrence Rockefeller as he addressed the Senate Subcommittee on Territories and Insular Affairs in the 1950s.

St. John, in the US Virgin Islands, is one of the friendliest and most beautiful places in the Caribbean and perhaps in the world. The climate is tropical, but moderated by the ever-present trade winds. Moreover, St. John is an American Paradise, a territory of the U.S.A. Considered by many to be the loveliest of the three United States Virgin Islands, St. John is also the smallest.

Only nine miles long and three miles wide, two thirds of the island is the Virgin Islands National Park, allowing its spectacular beaches and untouched forests to remain in pristine condition for future generations. Picture perfect white sand beaches, colorful corals, rainbows of tropical fish and endless vistas of green velvet hills coalesce into a paradise in the Caribbean.

Tours of the Virgin Islands National Park by safari bus or jeep are available with island guides who will charm you with ancient folklore and authentic knowledge of the island. Park Rangers who enrich the experience with talks on the island�s history, geology, flora, and fauna, guide hiking tours through spectacular trails leading to beautiful panoramic views and glimpses of abandoned 18th century sugar plantations.

Promoting the responsible enjoyment of this unique national treasure, the Friends of the Virgin Islands National Park are dedicated to the protection and preservation of the natural and cultural resources of the Virgin Islands.

Only twenty minutes from St. Thomas by convenient hourly ferry, St. John is a peaceful paradise of island fantasies. It has no high-rise buildings, cruise ship docks, or airport. Yet, despite its unspoiled atmosphere, it offers every facility and amenity found at major resorts. Water sports on St John are abound. Boats from kayaks to ketches to catamarans by the day or week, with or without captain are available for charter. Day trips for sightseeing, picnicking, snorkeling, or scuba diving are offered on every variety of sail or motor craft. Sport fishing in St. John's waters is an experience you will always remember. Included among the many land activities available are horseback riding, donkey trail rides, rock climbing, and exploring historic ruins.

Getting around the island is easy. Cruz Bay, the major town where the ferry docks, is on the west end of the island across Pillsbury Sound from the Red Hook ferry dock in St. Thomas. It is connected by St. John�s three major paved roads to most of the bays and beaches and to Coral Bay, the picturesque yacht harbor on the east end of the island.

St. John�s surprisingly large array of restaurants range from breeze cooled spots for barbecue or burgers to air-conditioned hideaways for Continental or EuroAsian cuisine. Visitors who have rented private villas or condos find ample supplies of fresh and frozen foods, delicatessen and baked goods, and a good selection of liquors and wines.

Shopping on St. John is a pleasant surprise, whether for luxuries or necessities. St. John presents imaginative shops offering distinctive resort wear, quality jewelry, and unique international and local crafts as well as duty free goods. The island's two main shopping areas, Mongoose Junction and Wharfside Village, are within walking distance of the ferry. Each area has a personality all its own, and are attractions in themselves offering charming restaurants, cafes, and bars. The art galleries and artists' studios feature work, in a wide array of mediums and modes, by the many talented artists who work and live on the island.

The beauty and charm of St. John Island attracts most people who visit to come back again and again.

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