About St John, US Virgin Islands
Famous for its unspoiled natural beauty, St John offers some of the best snorkelling, scuba diving, swimming, underwater photography, sailing and hiking in the Caribbean – perfect for active couples enjoying a beach holiday or romantic getaway.
St John is the smallest and most pristine of the three main US Virgin Islands. Blessed with lush tree-covered hills and mountains fringed by pristine white-sand beaches, St John offers a welcome escape from the crowds of historic St Croix and bustling St Thomas – more renowned for its great duty-free shopping, flashy 5-star resorts and numerous bars and restaurants.
Things to do and see
At Trunk Bay, follow the Caribbean’s most famous underwater snorkelling trail, which flows past rich coral gardens teeming with rainbow-coloured fish. Or choose to sunbathe, swim and snorkel on several more secluded white-sand beaches in nearby Caneel Bay.
With more than 60 per cent of the island comprised of the Virgin Islands National Park, this scenic and unspoiled island offer hikers more than 30km of trails that weave through a verdant landscape of more than 800 species of flora and fauna, including wild cats, burros and hummingbirds.
To best appreciate the island, hire an open-sided four-wheel drive jeep and follow winding mountain roads to secluded coves and bush-covered ruins of 18th century sugar cane plantations, such as the Annaberg Ruins, just east of Trunk Bay. In Cruz Bay, St John’s small capital, stroll past charming pastel-painted homes and buildings that are home to some of the island's best shopping, eating and nightlife attractions.
Come on a day trip or stay longer at one of St John’s peaceful and family friendly resorts. Try the luxurious and flashy Westin Resort St John in Great Cruz Bay, with its giant pool, broad beach and multiple dining choices.
Or relax in the genteel and elegant Caneel Bay Resort, the Caribbean's first eco-resort, which has no phones or televisions. The resort sits on a prime 69ha portion of the national park, surrounded by lush vegetation and offering a playground of seven gorgeous white-sand beaches.
Best time to visit St John, US Virgin Islands?
The best time for a honeymoon in St John, US Virgin Islands is from late November to April. The climate is subtropical year round, with high temperatures calmed by cooling trade winds.
Expect an average of 28°C, with a high of 31°C in the summer months of May to October and an average of 25°C with a high of 28°C in the winter months between November and April. The hurricane season lasts from June to early November.
For more climate info: St John, US Virgin Islands Weather Guide
Getting there – St John is accessible only by sea from nearby St Thomas, just 5km away, with a 20-minute ferry service departing every hour. By air, St Thomas receives daily non-stop flights from New York (3 hours 45 minutes) and Miami (2 hours 30 minutes), as well as flights from other US cities.