Goes Ashore in the Caribbean
to see & things to do
John, United States Virgin Islands
Only three miles
across Pillsbury Sound from St. Thomas, St. John seems worlds away
from the neighboring hustle and bustle. More
than half of the tiny island is designated as the Virgin Islands
National Park and many cruise passengers eschew St. Thomas
altogether in favor of the pristine beaches and tranquility of St.
cannot dock at John, but some send in early morning tenders with
passengers booked on shore excursions. From
St. Thomas, ferry service is available to Cruz Bay either from the
dock at Charlotte Amalie or the pier at Red Hook.
The best way to
see St. John is by a sort of flatbed surrey-style truck.
These “taxis” will take you all over the island to view
the panoramic vistas and unspoiled natural beauty.
More energetic tourists will enjoy the hiking trails of the
Virgin Islands National Park. Trail
maps and instructions are available at the park ranger’s office.
nothing compared to St. Thomas, St. John does have shopping in Cruz
Bay. Most of the shops are
located in Mongoose Junction, a short walk from the ferry dock. Look
for locally made arts and crafts.
Bay is the most popular destination for beach-goers. It’s
likely to be crowded, but it’s gorgeous and the underwater trail
near the shore is perfect for snorkeling. Rental
equipment is available. Caneel
Bay is known for attracting the rich and famous and one of its seven
beach areas, Hawksnest Beach, is open to the public.
The reefs around Cinnamon Bay and Maho Bay attract snorkelers
and you’ll also find changing rooms and showers here.
Fodor's Caribbean Ports of Call 2013 is all you need
to plan your days ashore, PLUS a cruise primer section and cruise
line profiles by Cruise Diva, Linda Coffman
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