With seventy-five percent of the island’s waters, coral reefs, and shoreline protected from future development and it’s 19 square miles of pristine and unspoiled landscape, St. John offers many adventures. Here are our top 4 favorites!
Rent a Jeep and some snorkel gear for at least one day. In the morning, pick up some sandwiches in the Gallows Point Gift & Gourmet, load your cooler and set out for St John’s north shore beaches for a laid back day of limin’. Slowly work your way along the north shore visiting some of the world’s most beautiful beaches for snorkeling and pure relaxation. Late afternoon, stop at the Annaberg Sugar Plantation Ruins, then work you way over to Coral Bay for a light bite and shopping before heading down the center of the island, back to town.
Get out on the water in your own dinghy! It may not seem possible but St. John’s beaches are even more beautiful when approached from the water and some of our best snorkel spots are difficult to access from land. Load your cooler, rent a dinghy for the day and travel from Cruz Bay out to Waterlemon Cay. At Waterlemon, you will find arguably the best snorkeling on St John. As you work your way back to Cruz Bay, you can enter beaches through the dinghy channel, tie off on a mooring ball, or moor at some excellent off shore snorkel spots. A day of beach limin’ via dinghy will not soon be forgotten.
Spend the day on the water visiting the British Virgin Islands. The Baths, marked by batholiths brought to the surface by volcanic eruptions, form a beautiful grotto and tranquil pools. The trip typically includes up to four islands, snorkeling, breakfast, and an open bar with lunch on your own at a BVI restaurant. This is a memorable way to spend your day. You must have a valid passport on hand for this trip.
Sail to Jost Van Dyke and enjoy the ultimate combination of beach limin’ and relaxing on board a catamaran. After a snorkel stop, your catamaran will set sail for Jost Van Dyke and some of its surrounding cays. Jost is a small island of a few hundred residents in the BVI and is known as the home of Foxy’s in Great Harbor and the Soggy Dollar Bar (inventor of the “Painkiller”) located in White Bay. You will find this laid-back island in many sailing novels and as the backdrop for more than one music video and several commercials. Between limin’ on the beach in Jost, and the relaxing catamaran sail back to St John, this could be the most relaxing day in your life. You must have a valid passport on hand for this trip.