About St. John/Vacationing in St. John and the U.S. Virgin Islands
The U.S. Virgin Islands are an American territory, English-speaking, use the U.S. dollar, and offer a great deal of choices in terms of activities and fabulous restaurants. The Virgin Island archipelago encompasses the three U.S. Virgins-St. Croix, St. John, and St. Thomas-and numerous islands as part of the British Virgin Islands (BVIs) in very close proximity to the USVI.
St. John is a beautiful hidden gem in the Caribbean. Caribbean travelers call it the most beautiful island in the Caribbean, and no one who visits can fail to be struck by the beauty of it and the friendliness of its inhabitants, whose green hills and turquoise waters are intertwined into the Virgin Islands National Park, a treasure on earth.
Generally, the islands are small and closely spaced, making it easy to hop from one to another. St. Thomas has good airline connections and is home to the capital, Charlotte Amalie, a very popular cruise-ship port. The most populous island, St. Croix, has its own distinct feel, with varied colonial architecture and rum distilleries to tour.
Getting to St. John: Fly into St. Thomas, USVI airport (STT)
Passenger and Car Ferry: Catch the passenger ferry hourly, on the hour from Red Hook on the east end of St. Thomas (a 30 to 45 minute taxi ride from the airport) or the ferry from Charlotte Amalie (near the airport but much less frequent). Car ferry's are available to take you and your car every 2 hours if desired. The ferry dock in St. John is right in the center of town in Cruz Bay.
Geography: St. John has many beaches, one voted as the #1 beach in the world, Trunk Bay. We have exciting snorkeling, interesting and relaxing hiking trails, plantation ruins, and coral reefs full of life. More than half of the island's area has been placed under the protection of the US National Park Service. Rising steeply and quickly from the shore, St. John's ridges climax in three peaks of 1,100 to 1,200 ft. There are over 800 species of plants. More than 160 species of birds have been recorded in and around the park and, of these over 25 nest on the island. Pretty spectacular.
Climate: The weather is very pleasantly tropical, year-round. Afternoon average temperatures range from 82F in January to 88F in August and September. The average annual low is 74F. Monthly rainfall averages 1.6 inches (February) to 5.8 inches (September)
*** ALTHOUGH PASSPORTS ARE NOT REQUIRED FOR THE US VIRGIN ISLANDS - PLEASE REMEMBER TO BRING PROOF OF CITIZENSHIP! ***
You will need a passport to visit the British Virgin Islands, which you may very well want to do, so we highly recommend having a Passport with you. When departing the U.S. Virgin Islands, U.S. Immigration requires all persons, including Americans, to provide proof of citizenship. This can include a passport, or a certified copy of a birth certificate with a photo ID.