When it comes to the U.S. Virgin Islands, St. John is a dime among pennies. While undeniably the smallest island in the archipelago, it's also considered the most beautiful by many vacationers, with two-thirds of its area set aside as a national park. What's more, you'll be hard-pressed to find a more peaceful place in the Leeward Islands. No airports. No cruise ships. Precious few resorts. St. John hotels tend toward cozy villas or intimate B&Bs, and that means quiet is king. So get ready to kick back, relax, and sink your toes into the sand.
Once you've selected from the flights to Charlotte Amalie on nearby St. Thomas and caught a ferry to St. John, it's time to see the sights! No vacation package to St. John would be complete without a visit to Virgin Islands National Park. The park offers 20 hiking trails and various areas from which to view native animals such as hawksbill turtles, iguanas, and wild donkeys, and the visitors center near Mongoose Junction provides pamphlets about all sorts of other activities. Take a self-directed tour of the Annaberg Sugar Mill Ruins, swim the underwater snorkeling trail at Trunk Bay, or browse the archaeological museum at Cinnamon Bay.
Exploring a tropical paradise can be hungry work, and while hotels in St. John don't have a plethora of dining options, the island itself contains some three-dozen restaurants. Eateries at Wharfside Village offer great views of the water, while Coral Bay boasts at least one restaurant with great American-style burgers. If you're looking for the ultimate in indulgence, splurge on a sunset dinner cruise. Want to wet your whistle? You'll not only find restaurants at Mongoose Junction Plaza, but also bars serving local brews.
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