They say that good things come in small packages, and Saint John just might be living proof that the old axiom is true. The smallest of the U.S. Virgin Islands has won over the hearts of millions of visitors, many of whom swear it was the highlight of their trip and is the most beautiful of all the islands in the chain. Its beaches are said to be the best in the entire Caribbean, but you'll have to come and see for yourself.
If you're visiting Saint John, here are some of the things you may want to pencil into your itinerary:
-Nature tours: Two-thirds of the island is covered by the breathtakingly beautiful U.S. Virgin Islands National Park. Guided ranger tours can be arranged for affordable rates, and the shimmering tropical beauty makes the island an ideal setting for a wedding.
-Go for a hike: Grab a map and head for one of the hundreds of miles of hiking trails that cross the island.
-Explore by car: Write your own adventure by renting a car and cruising the island at your own pace. You'll find the island's most beautiful out-of-the-way corners, and it's ideal if you want to cap the day at a Saint John spa.
-Go snorkeling: The crystal clear, shallow waters around the island's coasts are ideal for snorkeling excursions. Equipment rentals are widely available and can be brought along with you if you want to go somewhere remote and private.
-Cruz Bay: The main settlement on the islands, Cruz Bay is a harbor town that offers many welcome sights to visitors who have spent their entire day in the wilderness. The town's Mongoose Junction neighborhood is home to exclusive boutiques, perfect for shoppers hungry for stylish souvenirs.
Make your visit to Saint John that much more memorable and enjoyable by staying in your very own vacation rental. Options include condos with staggering ocean and rainforest views, beachfront villas, and houses in Cruz Bay's residential neighborhoods.
From Saint John, it's easy to explore the rest of the U.S. Virgin Islands, as ferries and boats are constantly shuttling passengers back and forth. If you've brought your passport along, you can also head to the nearby British Virgin Islands to enjoy an exclusive high-end holiday adventure.
As featured in USA TODAY and recommended by Travel + Leisure in its annual Villa Guide:
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