The beautiful island of St. John USVI is the smallest of the US Virgin Islands. The other main islands are St. Thomas and St. Croix. The small island of St. John USVI is largely protected, since more than half of the island of St. John is park land. The forest shelters wildlife residents and migratory birds including cuckoos, warblers and hummingbirds. These protections keep St. John largely unspoiled and stunning.
Some of the beaches on St. John’s are absolutely spectacular and teeming with wildlife in many areas. Imagine interacting via snorkeling right off the beach. You won’t want to miss a trip to Trunk Bay. A short ferry ride is required from St. Thomas to St. John to visit here. Make sure to keep your camera is handy on the ride over because it’s easy to see things like pods of jumping dolphins and sea turtles in the waters.
St. John is a short ferry ride from St. Thomas
Keep track of the time to make sure you don’t miss your ferry ride heading back to St. Thomas to re-board your cruise ship. Otherwise you will be left behind. When we visited Trunk Bay we found that the folks at the beach made loud announcements so that the guests would make sure to get their transportation back to catch the last ferry.
Popular USVI Beaches
The North shore beaches on St. John USVI include Trunk Bay, Maho Bay, Watermelon Cay, Gibney Beach, and Honeymoon Beach just to name a few. The South shore beaches include Salt Pond Bay, Great Lameshur Bay, and Europa Bay just to name a few. There are also plenty of small shops and boutiques in St. John near the ferry terminal.
If you have time before re-boarding your ferry and heading back over to St. Thomas USVI, you’ll want to make sure to stop in some of these cozy little shops. You’ll find things local to just St. John USVI that are much better in quality and you won’t find these items back in St. Thomas. Be sure to shop on the island of St. John USVI in support of the locals there.