The island of St. John is the smallest and quietist of the US Virgin islands. Two thirds of the 19 square miles is owned by the Virgin Islands National Park who maintains it and the surrounding waters.
Cruz Bay is the busier community on the island and it is there that the ferry from St. Thomas will bring you on your arrival. Most of the island's businesses, restaurants and shops are located there.
An 8 mile, 30 minute scenic drive east will take you from Cruz Bay to the smaller community of Coral Bay.
Dining in Cruz Bay:
Although the majority of business are found in Cruz Bay there are still many fine dining & shopping spots in an around Coral Bay.
Miss Lucys 693-5244 offers beach side dining with delicious
West Indian side dishes. Tues-Sat lunches & dinners; Sunday brunch with
live jazz; full moon party each month.
Take your camera and drive up the mountain to the Bordeaux lookout where you will enjoy the finest view of Coral Bay. Also there you will find the store, Tutu Tango, featuring island made jewelry, straw hats, sunglasses and many other intriguing items.
Skinny Legs Complex:
Shipwreck Landing Shops:
Catering, Delis and Markets around the Island:
Catering:An alternative to dining out is dining in. Have a taste of paradise on the deck of your villa, overlooking night fall from your private deck. Catering to your whims and fancies are several companies:
Beaches & Hiking on St. John
St. John is beach heaven. The most popular and most famous beaches are located on the North Shore Road such as Hawksnest Bay, Cinnamon Bay, Trunk Bay, Maho Bay and a favorite with locals is the Francis Bay beach.
The south shore beaches are found just up the road from the Villa Siempré Azul. There you will find two of the local favorites: Salt Pond Beach and Lameshur.
If you don't mind a short walk go to Salt Pond bay and after some great snorkeling and a little sunbathing follow the trail at the end of the beach which will take you to Drunk Bay or out on the point to Ram's Head where you will be rewarded with a fabulous view above the surf.
Some smaller but delightful lesser known beaches can be found along the drive out towards East End. If you do take that drive you will come to Vie's Snack Shack, a good place to stop for conch fritters and a cold drink.
If hiking is something you enjoy doing be sure to get a map showing the many trails networking St. John found at the Virgin Islands National Park Visitors Center in Cruz Bay (776-6201). You can sign up for a choice of guided walks.
AND OTHER FUN THINGS. Parasailing; Seeing the ruins, half and full day sails for fishing, snorkeling,
SCUBA diving, or sightseeing; dinghy and kayak rentals; also motor scooter