About St. John USVI
St John Vacation
St. John is a lovely and enchanting island that is noted for its unmatched natural beauty, its tranquil peacefulness and its outstanding homes and villas. Nearly two thirds of St. John’s 22 square miles are a U.S. National Park and as a result, its 3,500 inhabitants live on one of the least spoiled and most pristine islands in the Caribbean. Fodor’s Guide to the Caribbean states that, “St. John comes close to realizing that travel folder dream as an ‘unspoiled tropical paradise.’ Beautiful and largely undisturbed, John is covered with tropical vegetation. Clear, gleaming white sand beaches fringe the many bays scalloped out along St. the Northern shore, and the iridescent water is perfect for swimming.” The island’s breathtaking beauty, its friendly inhabitants, perfect year-round weather and diverse vacation activities result in St. John being rated as an “excellent” vacation island by 90% of its visitors. One visit to this enchanted isle will show you why St. John is loved by vacationers.
The climate on St. John is considered to be one of the most ideal in the world with average daily temperatures of 82 degrees and a 5-7 degree variation from winter to summer months. Nights are always comfortably warm, even in winter months, and the air is never humid. Rainfall tends to come at night in brief but sudden showers, and rarely does a storm linger over the island for more than a day.
The dress on St. John is very casual and informal with shorts, short sleeved shirts or T-shirts, or casual summer dresses, worn by nearly everyone. No restaurants require a coat or tie, but shirts for men and cover-ups for women are required in Cruz Bay at all times.
The U.S. dollar is the local currency in the U.S. and British Virgin Islands. Scotia Bank and 1st Bank are on St. John. Both have ATM’s that usually works from 9 am to 5 p.m. There is also an ATM at the Market Place Complex.
St. John has more than 35 places to dine, ranging from chic and expensive restaurants to funky beach-side food stands. After dark the island comes alive with hotel and villa guests seeking out one of the island’s cozy and romantic restaurants. The St. John Guide published by this company contains a list of our recommended places to dine.
St. John is a mecca for all outdoor activities and especially water sports. Our courteous and attentive on island staff is on duty 7 days a week and will be pleased to advise you on any of the following activities: scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming, sailing, windsurfing, power boating, kayaking, sportfishing, hiking in the National Park, tennis, paddle boarding, parasailing (St. Thomas) and golf (St. Thomas).
One of the favorite activities of our guests is merely lounging around your private pool, enjoying the spellbinding views and reading or relaxing in the splendid privacy and comfort of your own beautiful home.
American, Delta, Jet Blue, Spirit Air and United all fly to St. Thomas.
Once on St Thomas there are numerous taxi’s at the St Thomas Airport eager to transport you to the Red Hook ferry terminal. The taxi driver will load as many people & luggage in to the van as space permits. The charge is approximately $15-$20 per person, depending on how much luggage you have & how much you tip. Please inform the driver you are headed to Red Hook & St John. The taxi ride takes approximately 40-60 minutes depending on the time of day & the number of passengers being dropped off at various locations on St Thomas. The Red Hook Ferry leaves for St John every hour on the hour from 6:00 am to 12 midnight. You will buy your $8.15 ferry ticket inside the ferry terminal. Luggage is $4 per piece of luggage. For Private Taxi Service from the St Thomas Airport to Red Hook we recommend Warren Gordon – 340 474-0090 or warrenggtaxi.com
There is a new ferry between St Thomas & St John & is operating out of the Crown Bay Ferry terminal. This ferry is about a 5-7 taxi ride from the airport (taxi cost is approx. $5 per person). The ferry from St Thomas to St John departs at 3:30 & 5:30 pm. The cost of the ferry is $20 per person and $5 per piece of luggage. The ferry takes approximately 40-45 minutes. This ferry does not arrive or depart from the regular ferry dock in Cruz Bay. It arrives & departs from the Creek on St John. The Creek is beside the old customs’ building & the Virgin Islands Visitor Center.
The unique beauty of St. John’s National Park is best explored by jeep. A jeep rental is required for most villa and condo rentals and it is recommended for all guests. There are numerous jeep rental companies on St. John, all of which are owned by local businesspersons. We recommend that you make your jeep reservation through us to insure a sound vehicle from a reputable company.