St. John is the smallest of the three Virgin Islands, and home to 7,000 acres of protected Virgin Islands National Park. St. John has been a natural attraction since Rockefeller donated his land to the National Park system back in 1956. Cruz Bay, the main town in St. John, is where you'll find duty-free shopping, restaurants, hotels, condominiums and places to stay. St. John has 4,300 year-round residents. The language is English and the currency the dollar.
To get to St. John you'll need to fly to St. Thomas and either take a taxi to Red Hook and then a 15 minute ferry to St. John. Ferries leave on the hour all day long. Or take a taxi to the Charlotte Amalie Ferry dock and then a 45 minute ferry to St. John.If you are renting a villa you will definitely need to rent a car, preferably an AWD vehicle. St. John has a few rental car companies but you can also rent a car from St. Thomas and take the 'car ferry' (which leaves from Red Hook) over. If just visiting for the day taxis and Safaris are the way to go.
There are groomed Park trails all over the island which are easily accessed from roads with parking. The St. John National Park has many events and activities throughout the year. Refer to our St. John and St. Thomas Events section to see what is happening during your stay. And see what we decided were the 5 Best Things to Do in St. John which includes snorkeling, kayaking, sailing, hiking and watersports.