St. John

Travel Guide
Trunk Bay featuring a bay or harbor and a beach
With no airport or major ports, this isolated island requires visitors make an effort to get here. Those who do are rewarded with stunning beaches and lush forests.

With almost two-thirds of St. John protected as national parkland, a huge chunk of this tropical island remains blissfully undeveloped. Find your own perfect piece of coastline, hike through the hills of the Virgin Islands National Park or get into the Caribbean spirit with cocktails at the island’s main town, Cruz Bay.

Most visitors to the island arrive at the town of Cruz Bay on the west coast. Amble along the pier and find a table at one of the lively waterfront bars. Browse designer clothes at the shops of Mongoose Junction. For something a little more outdoorsy, go to the visitor center to organize snorkeling and hiking excursions for the rest of your trip.

Spend time soaking up the sun beside the sea. Many of the best beaches on the island can be found along the north coast. Drive north from Cruz Bay for between 10 and 15 minutes to reach Cinnamon Bay, a lengthy stretch of golden sand backed by leafy palm trees. Also on the north coast, Trunk Bay has a fantastic underwater snorkel trail while Maho Beach is a popular destination for wildlife enthusiasts, with rays and turtles commonly spotted here.

Put your swimming costume away for a few hours and head for Annaberg Plantation on the north coast of the island. On a hill above yet another gorgeous beach, the estate’s old stone windmill, factory ruins and dungeon are a reminder of the slave trade that was prevalent here during the 18th and 19th centuries. Back in Cruz Bay, find restaurants serving Caribbean-style cuisine.

Reach St. John by taking a ferry from St. Thomas. Most accommodations are located in and around the town. Peak tourist season here is between mid-December and mid-April, while hurricane season lasts from June to November. Avoid the crowds by going between April and June.

Where to stay in St. John

The Westin St. John Resort Villas
The Westin St. John Resort Villas
4.5 out of 5
300B Chocolate Hole, P.O. Box 8310, St. John, St John, 00830
The price is $365 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 25
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury resort in St. John. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4/5 Very Good! (331 reviews)
"My husband and I had a great time and enjoyed the property."

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2022

Gallows Point Resort
Gallows Point Resort
4 out of 5
3 AAA Gallows Point Road, P O Box 58, St. John, St John, 831
Stay at this 4-star beach aparthotel in St. John. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a free ferry terminal shuttle. Our guests praise the pool and the restaurant ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (435 reviews)
The View Is Everything!
"The view was by far my favorite part! The location is near alot of the restaurants, attractions and the ferry. We couldn't have picked a better location. Our suite was clean, well stocked and very spacious. Every staff member we encountered was friendly and helpful. They recommended activities to ..."

Reviewed on Aug 23, 2022

Marketplace Suites
Marketplace Suites
3.5 out of 5
5000 - 4A Estate Enighed Route 107, St. John, St. John, 00830
Stay at this 3.5-star hotel in St. John. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and concierge services. Popular attractions Sapphire Beach and Elaine Lone Sprauve Library ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (77 reviews)
"The marketplace is a very comfortable and convenient place to stay on the beautiful island of St. John."

Reviewed on Sep 25, 2022

Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Gallows Point Resort
Gallows Point Resort
4 out of 5
3 AAA Gallows Point Road, P O Box 58, St. John, St John, 831
Stay at this 4-star beach aparthotel in St. John. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a free ferry terminal shuttle. Our guests praise the pool and the restaurant ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (435 reviews)
The View Is Everything!
"The view was by far my favorite part! The location is near alot of the restaurants, attractions and the ferry. We couldn't have picked a better location. Our suite was clean, well stocked and very spacious. Every staff member we encountered was friendly and helpful. They recommended activities to ..."

Reviewed on Aug 23, 2022

Peaceful Cottages in the tropical forest of St John in the Virgin Islands
Peaceful Cottages in the tropical forest of St John in the Virgin Islands
St John
Stay at this family-friendly cottage in St. John. Enjoy WiFi, onsite parking, and a garden. Popular attractions Sapphire Beach and Hawksnest Beach are located ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (31 reviews)
"This property was exactly like it was described. Nothing fancy. Low key. No frills. We didn't hang out here too much because we came to snorkel and explore, we didn't come to stay in our room. Its in a good location, not far from anything. I loved the fact there was no ac, and the kitchen was outside. ..."

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2022

ISLAND DAZE Luxury Penthouse Beachfront 2B/2B Grande Bay Resort, Cruz Bay VIEWS!
ISLAND DAZE Luxury Penthouse Beachfront 2B/2B Grande Bay Resort, Cruz Bay VIEWS!
St. John, St John
Stay at this beach condo in St. John. Enjoy free WiFi, a beach locale, and a fitness center. Popular attractions Sapphire Beach and Cruz Bay Beach are located ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (10 reviews)
Absolutely Amazing!
"Grande Bay never disappoints. Our Penthouse was clean, very spacious, and private. Everything that we needed was ready to go. From filtered water from the fridge to laundry detergent for the washing machine. Lots of eatery needed items to cook with if you prefer to stay in and dine. There weren't ..."

Reviewed on Sep 10, 2022

Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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