As one of the United States Virgin Islands, St. John is an unincorporated territory of the U.S. It is known as one of the most beautiful and upscale islands in the group of three U.S. Virgin Islands that includes St. John, St. Croix and St. Thomas. St. John is famous for its beautiful natural landscapes that have been preserved for the enjoyment of the public; in fact, 56% of the island is designated as the Virgin Islands National Park. For many people, this is exactly the reason they visit St. John. To experience its pristine natural resources which have been destroyed by development on many other islands. For other visitors, the goal is to lounge on a tropical beach, which St. John also has in abundance. One of its most famous beaches, Trunk Beach, is world-renowned and has been consistently ranked as one of the top beaches across the globe.
Sunny, year-round temperatures range in the 80’s during the day and 70’s during the night. Average annual rainfall is 50 inches, the wettest months being May, and from August through November, with 4 to 6 inches per month.
Accessible only by ferry from the other U.S. Virgin Islands, St. John is a true gem in the Caribbean with crystal clear waters, lush green mountains and gorgeous white sand beaches. Though it is the smallest of the three U.S. Virgin Islands, St. John’s unspoiled beauty is perhaps the greatest found anywhere in the Caribbean. Sixty percent of the island is national park land, creating the illusion that you are as far from civilization as possible. However, fine shopping such as upscale jewelry stores and boutiques are just a short distance away. Boating is also a popular activity for visitors of the islands. Rent a boat and island hop to neighboring islands and cays or enjoy a day of snorkeling, swimming, picnicking and relaxing aboard one of many day sail charter boats.
Places to see in the U.S. Virgin Islands
A large part of the island’s geography is dominated by the Virgin Islands National Park, which covers over half of the island and protects its natural resources, delicate ecosystems and hundreds of species of animals. The park was established in 1956 after American businessman Laurence Rockefeller donated most of the land (about 5,000 acres) he had acquired on St. John to the United States National Parks Service, under the stipulation that it be cared for and preserved. Today, the park remains one of the island’s main attractions.
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