St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands Travel Guide

St. John Summary


  • Virgin Islands National Park -- an exceptional, well-protected wildlife reserve
  • Friendlier locals than in St. Thomas
  • Minimal crime, unlike in St. Thomas
  • 86- to 91-degree beach weather, year round
  • No passport required for United States citizens (though it's recommended)
  • Tap water is safe to drink.


  • No international airport; getting to the island requires a flight to St. Thomas, then a long ferry to the island
  • No public transportation (unmetered taxis available)
  • Chance of hurricanes from June 1st until November 30th

What It's Like

Separated from St. Thomas by Pillsbury Sound, the small, laid-back island of St. John is the most naturally beautiful of the three major islands in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Its development is limited to a handful of quaint restaurants, arts shops, and car-rental kiosks in Cruz Bay -- no nightclubs, not even an airport. Soft, isolated beaches, diverse wildlife in the Virgin Islands National Park, and a friendly, slow-paced local culture are more than enough attraction.

Where to Stay

There are only two major hotels on St. John -- Caneel Bay, with its hushed, scenic luxury, and the Westin St. John, a more conventional, family-focused resort. In both cases, expect to pay a premium for such tranquility.


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Language: English
Airports: Cyril E. King Airport (STT)
Henry E. Rohlsen (STX)
Time Zone: View Current Time
Peak: Dec. 15 - April 15
Off-Peak: June 1 - Nov. 31
Hurricanes: June 1 - Nov. 31
Visa: No, for Visa Waiver Program countries
Passport: No (for U.S. citizens)
Currency: U.S. Dollar
Electricity: 120 V, 60 Hz (U.S. compatible)
Tipping: 15-20% at restaurants

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