ABOUT ST JOHN
St John USVI has the reputation of being the most beautiful, friendly and tranquil island in the Caribbean. St John, (not St Johns) is less than 20 square miles in area. (About 2/3 the size of the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport. St John’s population is about 5,000.
St John – 20 square miles St. Thomas – 32 square miles St. Croix – 84 square miles, St John’s coordinates: 18.2N 64.5 W. St John lies 1075 miles ESE of Miami, 50 miles east of Puerto Rico and three miles east of St Thomas. The Atlantic Ocean is north of St John, the Caribbean sea is south of St John and the Anegada Passage is east of St John. At its widest points, St John is approximately 13.5 miles long and about six miles wide. The highest elevation is 1,277 feet at Bordeaux Mountain.
St John – 5,000 residents.
The official language is English, although in addition to Standard English you will encounter various West Indian Dialects spoken by Virgin Islands natives and residents from other English speaking Caribbean countries. In general these dialects are easy to understand, but if you have trouble, politely ask the person to repeat what they said.
Other languages spoken on the island are Spanish, spoken by natives of Puerto Rico and Santo Domingo, patois, spoken by people from St. Lucia and Dominica, and creole, spoken by people from Haiti.
About half of the island is part of the St John Virgin Islands National Park.
In 1950, Mr. Laurence Rockefeller purchased extensive holdings on St John including holdings of the Danish West Indies Company, developed Caneel Bay Resort and donated much of the remaining acreage to the U.S. Government as public parkland and Congress formed the VI National Park.
The VINP holdings include 7890 acres of land, 5650 submerged acres off shore, plus approximately 13,000 acres submerged off shore as “Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument.”
In addition to beaches regularly declared to be among the best in the world, the Park offers hiking trails, archaeological sites, educational talks and tours, a Visitors’ Center, and a campground.
Weather on St John is awesome and ranges from perfect to excellent, with near-ideal temperatures and gentle tradewind breezes year round. Rainfall averages around 43 inches per year. Winter temperatures range from about 77 to 84 degrees and summer temperatures range from about 82 to 90 degrees. Cooling trade winds blow east to northeast in the winter switching south to southeasterly in the summer.
Spend some time with local West Indians and you can learn a lot about the island. A wonderful custom here is greeting everyone with a “good morning” or “good evening.” This simple courtesy can be your ticket to learning and navigating St John with ease and enjoyment.
The far eastern reaches of the island, East End and Concordia, are generally long spines of land which extend into the surrounding waters, and are usually drier and windier than mid island Bordeaux.
In Coral Bay you’ll find several significant landmarks. As you come into town on the right you will see the Moravian Church, a historical landmark built in 1741. Notice the traditional Danish color scheme, red roof with pale yellow walls and dark green shutters. Services are still held here on Sunday mornings.
The dress on St John is very casual and informal with shorts, short sleeved shirts or T-shirts, or casual summer dresses, worn by nearly everyone. With the exception of Caneel Bay, no restaurants require a coat or tie, but shirts for men and cover-ups for women are required in Cruz Bay at all times.
The U.S. dollar is the local currency in the U.S. and British Virgin Islands. Scotia Bank and 1st Bank are on St John. Both have ATM’s that usually works from 9 am to 5 p.m. There is also an ATM at the Market Place Complex.
St John has more than 35 places to dine, ranging from chic and expensive restaurants to funky beachside food stands. After dark the island comes alive with hotel and villa guests seeking out one of the island’s cozy and romantic restaurants. The St John Guide published by this company contains a list of our recommended places to dine.
St John is a mecca for all outdoor activities and especially water sports. Some of the favorite activities include scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming, sailing, windsurfing, power boating, kayaking, sportfishing, hiking in the National Park, tennis and paddle boarding.
One of the favorite activities of our guests is merely hanging by the poolside bar, lounging around the private pool, enjoying the spellbinding views and reading or relaxing in the splendid privacy and comfort of your own beautiful home.
The Virgin Islands National Park on St John offers an assortment of unique hiking trails. Details of the trails can be by following this link - Hiking
From new, never snorkeled before to seasoned snorkelers there is something for everyone. To read more a bout the spectacular snorkeling on St John visit this link - Snorkeling
St John has several grocery stores with Starfish Market being the largest. To find all of St John's grocery stores follow this link-Groceries
Travelers must fly into the Cyril E. King Airport on St Thomas (airport code: STT) and then continue to St John by boat. You can travel between St Thomas and St John using a private water taxi, public ferry or a car barge.
STT is served by American, Delta, United, Spirit and Jet Blue.
The ferry is from Red Hook, St Thomas to Cruz Bay, St John Ferry schedules can be found here - Ferry Schedule
NOTE THE CHARLOTTE AMALIE FERRY IS NOT RUNNING AT THIS TIME.
It is a short cab ride from the St Thomas airport to Red Hook. Public cabs are readily available and waiting outside of baggage claim to take you to the ferry. Cab fare is approximately $15 per person (cash only) .
The ferry is approximately $8 per person and $2.50 per bag. The ferry ride is about 20 minutes.Porter service is available in the ferry terminal for $2 per bag.
Our property manager will meet you at the ferry dock, get you to your rental car and escort you to the villa. The best way to get around St John is by Jeep. Jeep rentals are plentiful and details on rental facilities can be found here - Jeeps