Saint John - US Virgin Island Holidays Guide & Reviews Resorts, Vacation Rentals, Festivals, Beaches, Scuba Diving

Guide Overview

St. John is the place to go to relax and chill out on its world famous beaches such as Trunk Bay, Cinnamon Bay and Salt Pond Bay.

Originally settled by the Arawak and Carib Indians, St John and the other Virgin Islands were bought by America from the Danish West India and Guinea Company in 1917 and today, are a major tourist attraction with daily cruise ships anchoring in the emerald waters.

Away from the stunning beaches, one of the popular tours is to explore the forests of the National Park which covers around two-thirds of the island. There are many guided hiking walks plus there is mountain biking and horseback riding.

During the evenings, there is a good selection of bars, restaurants and evening entertainment in Cruz Bay and Coral Bay where you'll often find a band playing the steel drums. Mongoose Junction and Wharfside Village are the main places to shop whilst Coral Bay is good if you are looking for authentic island products such as handicrafts, handmade jewelry and silkscreened fabrics.

Top things to see and do
Shopping at Mongoose Junction
Underwater nature trail at Trunk Bay
Deep sea fishing
Scuba diving at Eagle Shoals and Tektite
Guided trek through the National Park
Watersports - sailing, wind & kite surfing
Annaberg Sugar Plantation
Petroglyphs along the Reef Bay Trail
Day trip to St Thomas - 15 minutes by ferry
Botanical gardens
Peace Hill Ruins
Minigolf at Pastory Gardens
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Best Beaches & Diving

Saint John has magnificent beaches including one of the best in the world - the incredibly beautiful Trunk Bay. The sea is shallow, gentle and teeming with tropical fish - perfect for swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving and sailing. Other popular beaches...

  • Honeymoon Beach snorkeling
  • Maho Bay - popular with families
  • Cinnamon Bay - water sports
  • Hawksnest Beach - good for picnics and BBQ
  • Leinster Bay - boating & scuba diving

Featured Saint John villas & apartments to rent

Saint John Vacation Rentals

Experience the very best of Saint John by staying in a private beach front vacation rental. Many of our holiday homes are villas and condos set within touching distance of the palm fringed coconut beach front and come with a range of facilities including wifi, satelite TV and private / shared swimming pools.

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Saint John has a tropical climate and averages temperatures of 83°F throughout the year. Between March and June, the weather is normally dry and is the best time to visit for a holiday with accommodation prices much lower than in the peak December to February months.

The hurricane season runs from July to October where humidity is at its highest due to the frequent tropical showers and high temperatures which can creep in to the mid thirties.

Festivals and Events

The people of Saint John like their festivals so if you are fortunate enough to be on the island, there is a high probability that a carnival or sporting event will be on at the same time. Some of the more popular events are...

Virgin Islands Carnival Jan - Feb
Transfer Day Commemoration March
St John's Carnival Festival Throughout June
St John's Festival July
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Our view on Saint John

St John is known for its low-key luxury and gives you the feeling of tranquility amidst incredible natural beauty. A stunning tropical island for a romantic getaway or a family holiday with an abundance of cultural attractions to see onshore. Then there are the pristine white talcum powder sandy beaches that will entice you back time and again!