Since the Virgin Islands National Park covers two-thirds of the island, it's easy to get off the beaten track. Here are some favorite adventures:

Salt Pond Bay is on the southeast coast of the island near the town of Coral Bay. The Blue Cobblestone Beach is secluded, a little rocky, and has a colorful and diverse coral reef.

Kiddel Bay is located just west of Salt Pond Bay on the south shore. Although the beach is rocky, it is very isolated and good for hiking, bird watching, swimming and snorkeling. Lameshur Bay, nearby, is another beautiful beach. You have to drive down a rough road, but the soft sand and good snorkeling are well worth it.

Brown Bay Hike goes from the south to the north side of St. John by taking you up and over a ridge. It's pretty wild here, so don't be surprised to see feral donkeys and wild goats. The views are spectacular as the views change from dry cactus on the south to the tropical forests on the north side of the island.

Lind Point Scramble is a rugged one mile hike along the coast between Cruz Bay and Salomon Bay. Pass through thick forest, see mangrove forests along the shore and do some rock scrambling. Be sure that you are experienced for this one.

If you want to spend your entire vacation off the beaten track, check out  Concordia Eco-Tents, where the entire resort is designed to be eco-friendly. It is also in a lush natural setting far away from the crowds.