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St. John - So much knockout beauty, so little time

6 Aug 2007  just returned from first trip there 7/07
4.0 of 5 stars based on 6 votes

things you absolutely MUST do on St. John

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Virgin Islands National Park, St. John
  • Category: Recent trip
  • Traveler type: Sightseeing, Active/Outdoors, Never been before, Beachgoers
  • Appeals to: Families with teenagers, Active/adventure, Tourists
  • Seasons: Summer
  • 1. Waterlemon Cay
    Waterlemon Cay, Virgin Islands National Park, St. John

    A do-not-miss snorkeling experience for novice and experts; absolutely the best snorkeling we did on St. John. Went twice. See my separate long comments on Waterlemon plus pix on the webpage. You cannot miss this one.

  • 2. Colombo's Smoothies

    Fuhgetabout Jamba Juice, this shack at the interesection of 20 and 10 knocks out the best smoothies I've ever had. Coffee Chocolate is to die for. Uses their own low-fat dairy mix, tons of ice. Believe me, you need one after every snorkeling day. So says me.

  • 3. Francis Bay
    Francis Bay, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands

    Strangely untouched, mostly unpopulated, stunning beach with excellent snorkeling on the right side. Color of the water is enough to make you give up on civilization. If you want the water and beach of Trunk without the carnival atmostphere, this is the place.

  • 4. Sweet Plantains, Guesthouse & Restaurant

    Expensive but heck, you're on vacation, live a little. This was the best meal we had. The owners are very friendly. Husband came out to say hi. Wife is the maim chef and uses recipes handed down from her Haitian mom. Curry scallops were HUGE and yumbo.. Could only eat 3 of the 6 before I was stuffed. My stepson's pork tenderloin was superb and the orange-flavored plantains were deeee lish. As a bonus, two very cute cats will come for attention. Watch out, they have fleas like every other animal on the island. Betcha can't resist them!

  • 5. Take the Red Hook Ferry out and the Charlotte Amalie ferry back

    This is something we did that worked out wonderfully. You know how discombobulated you are after traveling all night, then arriving in a new place? Well, if you take the Red Hook ferry when you arrive, you will get a tour around St. Thomas which will help you get your bearings. Plus you have the opportunity to pick the brains of your fellow passengers, most of whom will have been to St. Thomas, and likely, St. John, before. Longer taxi ride, shorter ferry ride. On the way back, the Charlotte Amalie ferry goes way around St. Thomas, and lands fairly close to the airport. Longer boat ride, shorter taxi ride.

  • 6. Ramshead Point Hike

    Get up early, like hit the trail no later than 6:30 a.m. to avoid the heat. Gorgeous views of crashing surf on beautiful rock formations, cacti everywhere, even spotted a fine specimen of frangiphani caterpillar along the way. Trail takes you through Ramshead Beach which is a fascinating rocky beach, unlike any other we experienced on St. John.

  • 7. Lameshur Beach

    This was the only place on the island where we saw wild deer. Take the road to the two Lameshur beaches and go to the very end. There is an old mill or some building, ruins, really. That's where we spotted 3 of them. I found out later that these deer are quite elusive, and many locals have never seen them. Beauties. Also, not very afraid, at least not of us. I was able to get some nice shots of them. Also, the pelicans roost up in the trees on the beach, and swoop right down where everyone is snorkeling to get fish. They are completely unafraid of people, and were quite perplexed as to why I was pointing that silver thing at them. Hrumph, he seemed to be saying.