The Best of St John
Welcome to the St John Beach Report. Here’s a quick reference beach guide.
BEST BEACH ON ST JOHN
Trunk Bay – You can’t beat St John’s most popular beach – ranked in the TOP 10 BEACHES by Condé Nast Traveler
MOST ROMANTIC BEACH ON ST JOHN
Salomon Bay beach – Off-the-beaten-path (literally), watersports rentals at Honeymoon beach!
Gibney Beach* – Beautiful, exotic and romantic …with wonderful *cottages for rent by the Gibney Family.
NOTE: There are several caterers on-island that can put together a tasty picnic lunch to make your day at the beach extra special.
BEST BEACH BAR
Beach Bar – Wharfside in Cruz Bay – a perennial favorite!
Miss Lucy’s – Great brunch and drinks at the waters edge!
BEST SHADE BEACH
Maho Bay – Easy access, beautiful sandy beach with Seagrapes and coconut palms for shade.
BEST SNORKELING BEACH
Trunk Bay beach – Top beach in the Caribbean with the Virgin Islands National Park snorkeling trail.
Henley Cay – Staff Pick for Best Snorkeling on St John – Requires a kayak or charter
BEST WATER SPORTS BEACH
Honeymoon Bay beach – Off-the-beaten-path (literally), beach chairs, SUP and kayak rentals at the beach!
BEST SECLUDED BEACH
Denis Bay beach – Not on most maps. Private property above the tree line. Watch for north shore swells.
TOP ISLAND DESTINATIONS
Little Lameshur has been a best kept secret for years. Located at the end of a poorly maintained dirt road used mostly by the Virgin Islands National Park Rangers and VIERS [ Virgin Islands Environmental Research Station] you’ll find Great Lameshur Bay and Little Lameshur Bay beach. Both are part of the Virgin Islands National Park and enjoy a secluded – off-the-beaten-path location. But don’t let that deter you – Little Lameshur is a wonderful place to spend a day lounging on the beach, snorkeling some wonderful patch...read more
Waterlemon Cay is the #1 destination for snorkeling on St John – and the reputation is well deserved. Its off-the-beaten-path location is one reason this spot is on the top of most people’s lists of things to do on St John. The other reason is the diversity of marine life and dramatic location. Waterlemon Cay is on the eastern end of Leinster Bay – along St John’s north shore. Direction are the same as those for visiting the Annaberg Plantation ruins. The trail leading to Waterlemon Cay begins just off the road leading...read more
It may come as no surprise that the vast majority of visitors to the USVIs are from the United States. US citizens enjoy a common language, currency and the Caribbean is a top destination for flights and cruises. But what may surprise you are the actual numbers … Total Visitors: 2,688,000 of that number approx. 2,009,000 are cruise passengers and the rest arrive by air. St Thomas/St John – Air passengers: 531,9000 How much we spend: $10,125,000,000 What we buy and how much we spend: Jewelry / $278,200,000 Watches /...read more
Tripadvisor®, arguably the leading travel site on the web, just announced its 2013 TRAVELER’S CHOICE® winners. No surprise, the little island of St John in the US Virgin Islands ranked #1 destination in the Caribbean for travel. The 2013 Top 10 Caribbean List highlighted the many beautiful beaches, food and eco tourism that have made this tiny island world famous. And they’re right! With Trunk Bay beach ranked among the top 10 beaches in the world – you’ve got to consider St John. And with a history for...read more
History of a Painkiller: Created in the 1970s by Daphne Henderson at the famous Soggy Dollar Bar, White Bay on the island of Jost Van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands. The once “secret” drink is so famous that Pusser’s Rum’s modern founder, Charles Tobias, is reputed to have reverse engineered the recipe that is shared here. Painkiller Drink Recipe Serves: 1 2 oz of Pusser’s Rum 4 oz of pineapple juice 1 oz of cream of coconut 1 oz orange juice Top with fresh grated nutmeg to taste Pour ingredients into a...read more