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St. John is the smallest of the three US Virgin Islands. While the other two US Virgin Islands, St. Thomas and St. Croix, are hustling and bustling, St. John is quit laid back. View Map. Although it's only three miles from St. Thomas, it is vastly different in spirit and human interaction. Famous for its nature reserve, excellent for historic walks, snorkeling, diving and camping.
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1. Virgin Islands National Park 2. Caneel Bay 3. Hawksnest Beach 4. Trunk Bay 5. Hike the Reef Bay Trail, experience nature & wildlife 6. Scuba at Caneel Bay with Patagon Dive Center 7. Beach Bar Nightlife 8. Scenic Drives 9. Hike the Petroglyph on the Coral Bay Side 10. SUP (Stand-Up Paddleboard) yoga.
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According to CoolestCarib.Com St. John is one of the top 10 coolest Caribbean Islands while National Geographic Magazine has rated one of St. John's beaches, Trunk Bay, as one of the best in the world.

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If you're planning to visit St. John as a group or big family, Premier Destination Services will arrange everything from transport, accommodation to tours.

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"Virgin Islands March"

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Fun Facts St. John USVI
Nationality
The residents of St. John, US Virgin islands are U.S. citizens, although they cannot vote in presidential elections and have only non-voting status in Congress.
Size
19 Square Miles
Population
4300 residents
Currency & Credit Cards
US Dollar. Major Credit Cards are accepted. ATM machines are located in banks and selected commercial outlets
Government
Virgin Islanders were granted U.S. citizenship in 1927. The right to vote in public elections was given in 1936 to all who could read and write English. The governor was elected by popular vote for the first time in 1970. Currently the US Virgin Islands have a nonvoting representative in Congress. Residents of these islands generally enjoy the same rights as those of US citizens, but they may not vote in presidential elections.
Time Zone
GMT/UTC - 4h (utilizes no Daylight Saving Time) in Atlantic Standard Time.
Drives on the
Left
Calling Code US
(+1) + Dialing Code (340)
Capital
Charlotte Amalie, located on St. Thomas, is the capital and largest city of the U.S. Virgin Islands, founded in 1666 as Taphus. Cruz Bay is the main community town of St. John.
Taxation
There is no sales tax in St. John, Virgin Islands. Residents pay income tax to the USVI government.
Banks
Banco Popular, First Bank Virgin Islands, Scotiabank
Animals
Animals Iguanas, pelicans, mongoose, scorpions (not poisonous), donkeys, deer, hummingbirds, herons, bats and more. There are also various lizards, frogs and insects.
Food
Banana, Mango, Orange and Cashews.
Plants
Plants Frangipani, Allamanda, Heliconia, Bougainvillea, Oleander, Hibiscus, Double Hibiscus, Flamboyant (Orange), Flamboyant (Yellow), Ixora, Agave / Century Plant, Cactus The Virgin Islands national flower is the yellow cedar (Tecoma Stans).
Lingo
The language of the locals in St. John, Virgin Islands, is English with a West Indian based dialects. For instance, the 'H' is often discarded ("thing" becomes "ting", and "thanks" becomes "tanks... mon"). Also water is pronouced watta and mother matta.
St. John Wisdom

"Studyation betta dan education". Common sense is better than formal education or learning.

"Dutty water will out fyah". Every thing has its use.

"Dutty han mek greasy mout". Work hard and you will eat well and enjoy the fruits of life.

5 St. John Must-See/Must-Do Things
  1. Ram Head Trail - Starts at the south end of Salt Pond Bay Beach, St. John. Take this short, scenic, 1-mile hike - 30-35 mins each way - that crosses two beaches. Lots of open air, so it can get sunny and hot. Be sure to bring water, sunscreen, walking shoes, swimwear and a hat. Great for a full moon hike too!
  2. The Reef Bay Trail - Part of the Virgin Islands National Park, it's downhill all the way, and can be slippery, so wear good shoes. The National Park Service offers a guided hike with lots of interesting facts and history. A boat picks you up at the end of the hike for the trip back to Cruz Bay (the boat trip costs $10-15/person.) Great overgrown plantation ruins, a unique view of the Taino petroglyphs, seeing what is left of the sugar mill and breathing the fresh forest air is all worth it on this trail.
  3. Annaberg Sugar Plantation - Leinster Bay Rd, Virgin Islands National Park. Another opportunity to go on a historic walking tour, Annaberg is a well-preserved sugar plantation (was in operation 1870). See how slaves boiled molasses and worked sugar cane on one of their regular tours and living-history demonstrations.
  4. Concordia Eco-Tents - located on the east side of the island, it takes a while to get there, but is a great deluxe tent camping experience. The tents have beds, some kitchen equipment, usually a futon and table. You can also rent an Eco-Studio on the grounds and there's a beach, a restaurant and snorkeling equipment for rent.
  5. Coral Bay - This is a little community, too small to call a town, on the southeastern side of St. John. It houses many restaurants, ex-pats and artists and makes for a scenic drive from the main town, Cruz Bay, along Centerline Road. Takes about 30 minutes and is a scenic drive. In Coral Bay you will not see a lot of road signs, in fact goats and donkeys are more prominent. There is also a Moravian Church with historic significance to see, do note that it is said to be haunted.
St. John Beaches
  • Cinnamon Bay - Not only a beautiful beach, it is also the longest beach in St. John and the location of the Cinnamon Bay Campground. A great family experience, it provides cost-effective beachside accommodations, some near the beach, some tucked amongst the trees. A variety of water sports activities, including kayaking, windsurfing, and diving equipment are on offer. You can also join a pickup volleyball game or hike the Cinnamon Bay nature trail.
  • Trunk Bay - Certainly the most popular beach on St. John, it's also part of Virgin Islands National Park. The park's world-famous underwater snorkeling trail - complete with interpretive signs and, amazingly, a pink, tiny fish when the underwater signs show a pic of that fish! The Annaberg Sugar Plantation ruins are a recommended visit here. Often crowded, Trunk Bay is considered the most beautiful beach on St. John.
  • Caneel Bay - Want to combine a day at the beach with lunch at the Caneel Bay Resort? There are two restaurants at the resort to choose from. Take a swim, a snorkel, relax and take a stroll through the historic ruins of the estate's old sugar works. The Caneel Bay resort provides public access to Caneel and Honeymoon Beaches only. Use of the beach chairs, kayaks and paddle boats are reserved for registered hotel guests. Facilities for day guests include restaurants, public rest rooms and a gift shop.
  • Francis Bay Beach - One of the longest stretches on St. John, this is pretty much a beach strollers paradise. Sunbathing is, of course, also at the order of a normal day. Famous for sunsets, this west-facing beach is where snorkelers will encounter many tropical fish. The Francis Bay Trail is good for bird-watching, too.
  • Maho Bay Beach - Maho is typified by a few key elements, the shady Maho Trees (a type of hibiscus with heart-shaped leaves and yellow flowers), turtles are often seen in the shallow waters and a trail leads to Maho Bay Camps. You can lodge or camp in a tent, very family- and kids-friendly.
Geography
Coordinates: 18°20'N 64°44'W
Archipelago: Virgin Islands, Leeward Islands

St. John (Spanish: San Juan; Dutch: Sint Hans; French: Saint-Jean ; Danish: Sankt Jan) is an island in the Caribbean Sea and a constituent district of the United States Virgin Islands (USVI), an unincorporated territory of the United States. St. John is located about four miles east of Saint Thomas, and four miles southwest of Tortola, part of the British Virgin Islands. It is 50.8 sq km (19.61 sq mi) in area with a population of 4,170 (2010 census). Because there are no airports on St. John, the only access to the island is by boat. The ferry service runs hourly from St. Thomas and daily from Tortola; regular ferries also operate from Virgin Gorda, Jost Van Dyke and Anegada. Approximately 60% of the island is protected as Virgin Islands National Park. [Wikipedia]

Brief History
St. John, US Virgin Islands, was first settled by the Arawak Indians who had migrated north from coastal Colombia and Venezuela around AD 300. The Arawaks inhabited the island until around the year AD 1300, when they were driven off by the more aggressive and warlike Carib Indians. Extensive archaeological work has been undertaken from 1996 to the present at Cinnamon Bay. Christopher Columbus is the first European to see the Virgin Islands during his second voyage to the New World in 1493. He named the island group "Once Mil Virgenes", or Eleven Thousand Virgins, in honor of the feast day of Saint Ursula and the 11,000 virgins who were martyred with her. The Danish West India and Guinea Company represented the first Europeans to settle the island in 1718. They are also credited with naming the island St. John (Danish: Sankt Jan). The Danish crown took full control of the colony in 1754, along with St. Thomas and St. Croix. Sugar plantations, such as the famous Annaberg Sugar Plantation, were established in great numbers on St. John because of the intense heat and fertile terrain, which provided ideal growing conditions. It is estimated that by 1775, slaves outnumbered the Danish settlers by a ratio of 5:1. Slavery was finally abolished in St. John on 3 July 1848. In 1917 the United States purchased the U.S. Virgin Islands for $25 million from the Danish government in order to establish a naval base whose purpose was to prevent German expansion in the Western Hemisphere. The U.S. Virgin Islands are an organized, unincorporated territory of the United States. Since 1972, they have elected their own governor. They enjoy a large degree of self-rule through a local 15-seat legislature that covers all three of the islands. In 1956, Laurance Rockefeller donated most of the land he had acquired on the island to the United States' National Park Service, under the condition that it must be protected from future development.
Coolest Caribbean Tip of the Day
Going snorkeling or diving? That's great, but please don't take a starfish out of the water. They die immediately. Rather appreciate them where they are. Let them live so they could be appreciated by many more Caribbean visitors.


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