Why St. John is a viable alternative for a holiday destination
The charming island of St John is the smallest and among the prettiest of the U.S Virgin Islands and is a great destinations to spend a few days relaxing. Despite its appeal, the island receives a lot less visitors than many of its neighbors, and most of the beaches here are uncrowded.
For people who want to find a getaway to an island paradise it would be a good option to check out St John, as it in addition to pristine natural beauty and tranquility to island offers visitors a good range of amenities and entertainment options. There are plenty of cheap holiday deals to take advantage of throughout the year, while low season discounts are offered by most of the leading luxurious resorts.
Cruz Bay is the main settlement here and is located on the island’s western side. However, there are beautiful beaches and resorts scattered all along the island’s coasts and those who are looking to escapes from the crowds will find plenty of excellent accommodation options in and around quieter areas such as Little Cinnamon and Denis Bay.
Although there is no airport on St John, people who are flying here can choose to touch down at the airport on the neighboring island of St. Thomas. Ferries to St John run every hour from St. Thomas’ Redhook terminal and take visitors to the ferry terminal in Cruz Bay.
The roads that run around St John are in good condition and car hire is the best option for visitors who want to get a real feel for the island. Car hire is readily available, especially at Cruz Bay and is an affordable way to discover the island.
Naturally, the island’s most popular attraction is its beaches, which are without doubt among the most beautiful in the world. In fact, Trunk Bay was selected as one of the “Ten Best Beaches in The World” by Condé Nast Traveler magazine, while the beaches around Denis Bay are also stunning. Most of the island is covered by the Virgin Islands National Park, which is a stunning areas of the island to go hiking, while keen snorkelers and scuba divers can take a trip to the impressive coral reefs that lie in the clear waters that lap the island.
There are more than 30 excellent places to dine on St John, including some establishments that serve mouth-watering Caribbean cuisine. Among the best are La Plancha del Mar, La Tapa Restaurant and Spyglass, which offers spectacular views of the sunset from its second floor.