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Travel Guide Caribbean United States Virgin Islands Saint John



Saint John is the gem of the United States Virgin Islands, with far less mass tourism and a national park which comprises most of its surface.



Sights and Activities

Virgin Islands National Park

The Virgin Islands National Park is a well maintained park with kilometres of beautiful shorelines, pristine reefs, hiking trails and tropical birdlife. Over 30 species of birds have been recorde within the park's boundaries, including some species like the bananaquit, hummingbirds and smooth-billed ani. This is also an example of an area that was logged during the 18th century but has regained the tropical nature it used to have including a mix of introduced species and native plants.



Events and Festivals

St John Festival and Independence Day

Calypso musicians, colorful mocko jumbies, and a lively parade are the main ways St John celebrates both the United States Independence Day and the last day of its month-long Carnival celebrations on the Fourth of July. This day also features the crowning of Ms St John and the carnival king as well as a fireworks display rivaling many in mainland United States cities.




The United States Virgin Islands have a very pleasant and tropical climate with generally warm and humid weather. The seabreeze makes things relatively mild though and water is never far away. Temperatures generally average around 30 degrees Celcius during the day yearround and 23 degrees at night. December to May is the dry season, where July to October is the rainy season, but this generally means some showers at the end of the day instead of days of rain on end. Hurricanes are possible though from August to October.



Getting There

By Boat

  • There are about 4 or 5 sailings in eacht direction between Cruz Bay, St. John (USVI) and West End, Tortola (BVI).
  • To end, there are 2 crossings a day on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays between Red Hook, St.Thomas and Cruz Bay, St. John (USVI) for Jost Van Dyke (BVI).




Botanical Villas Campground17-1 Estate Peters BayCampsite-
Hillcrest Guest House157 Enighed Cruz BayGuesthouse-
Maho Tent CottagesPO Box 310, Cruz Bay Saint JohnCampsite-
St John HostelCruz Bay PO Box 79, US Virgin IslandsGuesthouse-


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