About St. John...
About St. John
Of the three U.S. Virgin Islands St. John, is the smallest and most picturesque because of its natural simplicity. St. John is best known for its many 'post card perfect' white sand beaches, turquoise bays full of colorful corals, tropical fish & endless vistas of green hills.
St. John retains a tranquil, unspoiled beauty uncommon in the Caribbean or anywhere else in the world. Settled in the early 1700s by Danish immigrants attracted to the island's promise of sugar cane-production. St. John soon blossomed into a thriving society. The ruins of the Annaberg Sugar Plantation and other smaller plantations on the island attest to the island's agricultural history.
Only nine miles long & three miles wide, the island offers untouched forests, featuring trails, secluded coves, some of the worlds most beautiful beaches. There are ancient petroglyphs, wonderful ruins to explore, crystal blue-green waters teeming with coral reef life and tropical forests providing habitat for over 800 species of plants. Two thirds of the island belong to the Virgin Islands National Park and it will remain that way for generations to come.
The Reef Bay Trail takes hikers through dense forests, plantation ruins, and rock outcroppings marked by well-preserved petroglyphs. Trunk Bay, Hawksnest Bay, Cinnamon Bay, and Maho Bay are just four of the dozens of beaches. Cruz Bay, the center of activity on St. John, contains colorful shops, lively bars, and fabulous restaurants.
Climate ranges from low eighties during the winter months to the low to mid nineties in the summer.
The island offers plenty of shopping, and many different types of restaurants. Visitors should also keep an eye out for iguanas, mongooses, deer, sheep, goats, donkeys and far too many species of bird to mention. Snakes won't be seen though; there are none on St. John.
Getting to St. John:
Travel to St. John USVI is easy, but not so easy as to make it over crowded. Travelers fly into Cyril E King Airport on St. Thomas. The St. Thomas airport is served by several major carriers including Delta, American, U.S. Airways and United, making travel to the Virgin Islands easy. Vacationers to St. John then take a taxi to one of the islands two ferry landings. For those who want a little longer boat ride, the ferry landing in downtown Charlotte Amalie, within sight of the many Caribbean cruise ships that dock at St. Thomas, is about a 45 minute ride to the ferry dock at Cruz Bay on St. John. For those individuals preferring to see a little more of St. Thomas and spend a little less time on the sea, the ferry landing at Red Hook is about 15 minutes by water from Cruz Bay. Once arriving at the Cruz Bay ferry landing, visitors will find taxis ready to take them wherever they are headed and car rentals are available just a short walk away.
The above information was obtained from http://www.stjohnusvi.com , http://www.nps.gov/viis/, and http://www.usvitourism.vi/en/stjohn/sj_Home.html.
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