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Travel Guide of St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands for: Caneel Bay Resort 4.5

St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands

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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