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Ideal for: Island hoppers, snorkelers, beach lovers, families
In 1965, Laurance Rockefeller (of the famous Rockefeller family) donated his land holdings on St. John to the United States National Park Service. Today, more than two-thirds of the island is protected as Virgin Islands National Park, making these white-sand beaches and coral reefs some of the Caribbean’s most protected. Search for sea stars while snorkeling at Waterlemon Cay, or swim with green sea turtles at Maho Bay. More than 20 hiking trails course throughout the national park, taking trekkers past petroglyphs and sugar mill ruins. St. John’s two largest towns bookend the island. Cruz Bay is home to the main village, with plenty of shops and restaurants, while Coral Bay is its sleepier cousin.
Learn about the marine life all around you as you read the underwater plaques along this 300-foot trail along the west side of Trunk Bay Cay.
Cruz Bay may be the largest town on the island, but it’s still a relatively sleepy hamlet with a population just under 3,000. Here, you can wander through pastel-hued neighborhoods, grab a bite, and shop.
Uncover the history of the island as you peruse the ruins of this sugar plantation, which are now protected by the national park and open to the public. The large windmill is a popular photo spot.
It's always a great time to visit St. John, as temperatures in the summer typically reach the high 80s, while the coolest times of the year rarely fall below 70 degrees. That means every month welcomes you with weather just perfect for sinking your toes into the warm, white sand; cruising on the bow of a boat; or donning tropical attire at an open-air restaurant.
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