St. John

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St. John is a beautiful island located in the Caribbean Sea. The island is only twenty square miles, but it is truly tropical in its landscape. There is no airport on St. John, so the only access to the island is via boat. There is an hourly ferry service from St. Thomas and also a daily shuttle from Tortola. The island is a sparkling great oasis, with rolling hills and beautiful tropical jungles. Vibrant flowers, white sandy beaches, and turquoise blue waters all contribute to the feeling of being in paradise.

Water Sports
The most stunning feature of St. John is the ocean. Charter a boat and explore the beauty of the Caribbean. Watch for endangered sea turtles and watch for sea birds overhead. If you are thinking about going fishing, consider taking a professional guide with you. Barracudas abound in these oceans, and the guides can help you to avoid them. St. John has many isolated bays that are ideal for both diving and snorkeling. This is a great location for beginning divers, because there is very little current. There are marvelous wrecks to explore, stunning coral reefs, and many varieties of colorful tropical fish. This is a great location to take a night dive too. The island offers instruction for new divers. Out past the bays, St. John offers some interesting ocean for wind surfing. Kayaking is another popular water sport. Of course, the Caribbean Sea is a perfect location to simply swim and enjoy the water!

Island Diversity
The island has a population of just over four thousand people. Most of these people live in one of two cities, Cruz Bay and Coral Bay. Most of the island is a national park, so therefore undeveloped. The island was supposed to have been discovered by Christopher Columbus, but he never set foot on the island. The island was inhabited by the Taino Indian nation. The native people of St. John today are a blend of these Tainos and the many European nations that inhabited the island over the years. Today, remnants of the Tainos culture can be seen all throughout the island.

Activities
On the west of the island you will find the city of Cruz Bay. This is the main port on the island, and where you will most likely enter it. There you will find a shopping center, restaurants, and car rental. The island is almost entirely national park area. Begin your exploration by visiting the Cruz Bay Visitor Center. From here you can plan hikes, snorkeling, and historical tours through the park. The beaches on St. John are amazingly beautiful. The Blue Cobblestone Beach is an outstanding snorkeling location, with a colorful, diverse reef. The Brown Bay can only be reached by a rather intense hike. Caneel Bay is home to one of St. John’s resorts, but a public beach as well. There are many other beaches that offer the opportunity to rest, relax, and enjoy some sand and sun! While visiting St. John, keep your eyes open for some of the native wildlife. The island is home to some herds of wild donkeys. Also, don’t be surprised if you see a mongoose, an animal that was brought to the island in the 19th century. St. John is also a great location for bird watchers. Home to many species, including Peacock, birdwatchers have plenty to keep them busy on St. John!

The Resorts of St. John on the Virgin Islands

The Resorts of St. John on the Virgin Islands

Located about four miles East of Saint Thomas, and is about 4 miles South and West of Tortola. The Island is about 19.61 square miles and, according to the 2000 census, has a population of about 4,197. Most of the island of St. John is undeveloped and comprised of a national park.
One of the largest tourist attractions on the island is the beach known as Trunk Bay. This beach has been voted several times over as one of the top ten beaches in the world. Since the majority of the island is a national park the beaches and water ways [...]