Of all the places to visit in the US Virgin Islands, St. John island is the best, offering visitors of all ages many things to do. Three-fourths of this small island treasure in the Caribbean is managed by the Virgin Islands National Park, protecting the dense hiking forests, white sand beaches and calm, crystal clear water from future development. See St. John island in the same pristine state visitors have been experiencing for hundreds of years.
Wondering what to do on St. John island? Consider these fun activities for singles, couples, families and travel groups:
Rent a motor boat to go your own way, schedule a chartered vessel, or take a leisurely sail and enjoy the beautiful surrounding. There are many options available.
One of the most popular things to do on St. John Island is hiking the national park trails. With nearly two dozen well-maintained trails ranging from beginner to intermediate, the island has the perfect hiking trail for you.
Experience the amazing underwater world of the Caribbean Sea. Opportunities for beginners to experienced divers alike. Dive shipwrecks and vibrant living reefs off shore from your chartered dive boat. As an ancient volcanic island, St. John’s many bays offer swimmers the best scuba diving spots in the USVI. Discover what lies beneath the clear blue Caribbean water of St. John island. Scuba diving equipment is available for rent or purchase at local St. John retail stores, Cinnamon Bay and Trunk Bay.
St. John Island offers beginner, intermediate and experienced swimmers an array of opportunities to see the amazing underwater world of the Caribbean Sea. Choose to view the colorful sea life from above with mask and snorkel. Snorkel convenient underwater marked trails right from the beach at Trunk Bay. Snorkel equipment is available for rent or purchase at local St. John retail stores, Cinnamon Bay and Trunk Bay.
Head out to the shops. You’ll find shops in Cruz Bay in one of two main clusters – there’s the shops at Wharfside Village (to the right when you come off the ferry) and the shops at Mongoose Junction (to the left when you exit the ferry dock). You’ll find dozens of great finds around and in-between those two main shopping destinations.
Close to St. John Island are the British Virgin Islands. The four main islands are Jost Van Dyke, Tortola, Anegada, and Virgin Gorda. (You’ll need a valid passport to enter the British Virgin Islands and to return to the U.S. Virgin Islands.)
St. John island has the best beaches in the Caribbean. Along the famous North Shore of St. John visitors will find several miles of award-winning national park beaches, each one more enticing than the next. Be sure to view our comprehensive Beach Guide.
There are several history sites on the island that you won’t want to miss, including the Annaberg Sugar Mill Ruins, Catherineberg Sugar Mill Ruins, Sugar Factory Ruins at Cinnamon Bay, Peace Hill – the former site of the Christ of the Caribbean statue, with remaining windmill ruins.
Other attractions that may interest you are the National Park Visitor Center, Elaine Ione Sprauve Library and Museum, the Ivan Jadan Museum, the Bordeaux Mountain Overlook, or pay a visit to the St. John Animal Care Center.
Nearly two-thirds of St. John Island and all of nearby Hassle Island is governed by the Virgin Islands National Park, covering 7,200 acres of land, including the pristine white sand beaches and epic historical landscapes. The park also preserves 5600 acres of submerged land surrounding the island, particularly the delicate coral reefs and other living organisms so critical to the health of the entire Caribbean sea.