St. John, USVI is an absolutely beautiful place. With most of the island preserved as National Park Land, everywhere you look could be on a postcard or calendar. The beaches, with their white sand and crystal clear water are a must see, but so are the sugar mill ruins and the cool restaurants and shops at Mongoose Junction. To really see the beauty, however, you need to get a St. John Boat rental, and see it all from the water.
When I say a St John Boat rental, I don’t mean the boat needs to come from St. John, in fact, many good boat rental companies come out of St. Thomas. (Like ours!) The point is to really SEE St. John, it’s best from the water. Here’s what I mean. When you go to Trunk Bay by land, it’s beautiful, but you can’t really take it all in from the beach – it’s too big. You don’t see the beach against the palm trees, because you are looking out FROM the beach. Coming in by boat, however, you see this magnificent beach in all its glory. While you’re at it, check out Caneel Bay, Cinnamon Bay, Waterlemon Cay, and Hawknest Bay as well – you can enjoy them all by boat very quickly
In addition, you can have the captain drop you off in Cruz Bay, right across from Mongoose junction for some great shopping and Deli Sandwiches.
I know this is incredibly biased, but I think the best way to see these bays and cays is in one of our boat, Red Beard’s, front-facing lounge seats. All the beauty unfolds right in front of you as you come flying into the mouths of the bays.
Don’t forget snorkeling! Again, by boat you can get to a number of great snorkeling spots quickly and easily. One of my favorites is snorkeling over by Waterlemon Cay. Keep on the lookout for dolphin there!
One of the other great things about St John’s beaches, are that there are so many, you can usually find a pretty deserted one to enjoy by yourself…try THAT back home!
Make sure to save time for some island hopping, too. You can stay in the US Virgin Islands and head over to St. Thomas and it’s surrounding islands, or you can easily head up to the British Virgin Islands and get a Tasty Pain Killer from the Soggy Dollar on Jost Van Dyke.
St. John is in a great location to island hop – but with all its own natural attractions, you may not want to leave it. The good thing about a St. John boat rental is that it gives you a lot of tremendous sightseeing options.
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