Favorite Activities

St. John is a perfect destination for anyone who loves unspoiled white sand beaches, turquoise waters with abundant corals and sea life, lush green hillsides, beautiful sunsets and tropical breezes. But that is not all St. John offers. Two thirds of the island is part of the Virgin Islands National Park with its historic ruins and adventurous hikes .Cruz Bay and Coral Bay both have many good restaurants. Cruz Bay’s Mongoose Junction and Wharfside have excellent shopping. You can take day trips to the BVI’s or just sit on a deck and bask in the warm Caribbean sun. To help plan your stay visit seestjohn.com or stjohnusvi.com.   Before your trip pick up a copy of the St. John Beach Guide, Feet, Fins and Four Wheel Drive or St. John Off the Beaten Track.  We are positive you and your friends and family will enjoy La Jolla Caribe and St. John as much as we do. Here are some of our favorite things to do while ”on island”:

Get up early and walk Trunk Bay before the crowds arrive.  It truly is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. If you choose to snorkel, walk to the far left side then snorkel the reef toward Jumbie Beach.

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Pack a picnic,park at Peace Hill, and hike to Dennis Bay. You probably will be the only group swimming at  this lovely beach.

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Drunk Bay

Children of all ages will enjoy the short hike to Drunk Bay from Salt Pond.  Add your own rock creature to the landscape. If it is Wednesday or Friday, definitely go for Pizza at Donkey Diner.

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Sunset Swim

Make some rum punch and take a sunset swim. Maho and Honeymoon have colorful sunsets and Cinnamon and Trunk are often hosts to weddings in the evening which can be fun to watch while floating.

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Salt Pond

If you are here in the winter when the Christmas winds are blowing try snorkeling the calmer waters of Salt Pond or spend the afternoon at Vie’s Beach. Her conch fritters are delicious!

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Snorkeling

The snorkeling at Waterlemon is indeed very good but don’t overlook Leinster Bay. You are almost guaranteed to find turtles and starfish in waters young children can easily view them in.

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Francis Bay

Francis Bay has very good snorkeling to the right out to Mary Point and the beach is always calm. Look for octopus, lobsters and reef squid close to the shore as you go out. When swimming back, cut across the water over the sea grass and look for the very large turtles that feed here. Just remember to leave before the sun starts to set as the no-see-ums are notorious at this beach at dusk.

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The Ruins

We like to hike the Cinnamon Bay trail to the American Hill Ruins and then down to the bay for a swim. The Le Esperance Trail is a nice hike for the family . There are two sets of ruins to see and you can view the other side of the island before heading back.  And of course, don’t forget the short hike from the house up to the Catherineberg Ruins. They photograph especially well in the afternoon sunlight.

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The Baths on Virgin Gorda

A day trip to the BVI’s is a great experience. The Baths on Virgin Gorda are amazing. And have a painkiller on Jost Van Dyke, home of Foxy’s and the Soggy Dollar bars. We highly recommend the Bad Kitty as a fast and comfortable way to travel. Don’t forget everyone needs passports to go the the BVI’s.

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