St John Weather
St John is a US Territory.
US Passports are not required – but we strongly suggest traveling with a valid passport to expedite your travel to and from the US Virgin Islands. And a US passport is required if you decide to do a day trip to the British Virgin Islands ( BVIs).
DRIVE ON THE LEFT.
If you rent a car or Jeep you’ll need to remember to drive on the left hand side of the road!
… and credit cards are the common payment methods. Note: Not all places accept or can can process credit cards.
Weather on St John changes by the moment. You may have noticed that the online forecast shows rain for every day! No worries, in a tropical climate it rains somewhere at some time during the day. But that doesn’t mean you’ll experience rain. And showers usually only last a few minutes!
It’s considered rude to ask a question without first saying “Good morning”, “Good afternoon”, “Good evening”.
Many of St John’s beautiful beaches are inside the Virgin Islands National Park. The Park does not allow glass containers.
CRIME ON ST JOHN:
St John is a small island with relatively little crime. Most of the crime on St John that does occur is theft. For this reason we suggest that you don’t travel with expensive jewelry, electronics or large sums of cash.
CAN I DRINK THE WATER?:
It’s a common question … Can I drink the water? Most water is collected via gutters on the roof of the villas and buildings and collects in cisterns. Many villas filter this water for drinking. But, we suggest drinking bottled water whenever possible – if for no other reason than it tastes better ; )
BUGS + DISEASE:
Mosquitoes are prevalent in the tropics. Periodically there will be cases of mosquito-borne illnesses. Please check the CDC website for latest information on areas affected and precautions.
St John Car Rental
While Battery Hill is convenient to Cruz Bay, many people will want the convenience and ability to explore all of St John island. While we have a our favorites, most of St John’s rental agencies have similar pricing, vehicles and fees. Here are a few …
St John Car Rental
Located in Cruz Bay, with convenient pick up and drop off location close to the ferry dock. More info: www.stjohncarrental.com
Cool Breezes Jeep Rental
Located in Cruz Bay and conveniently located for pick up and drop off. More info: www.coolbreezecarrental.com
L&L Jeep Rental
Located in Cruz Bay and conveniently located for pick up and drop off. More info: www.bookajeep.com
St John Beaches
St John has over three dozen beautiful beaches. Many of the most popular are located along the North Shore and inside the Virgin Islands National Park. Crown jewel of the Park beaches is Trunk Bay. It’s soft white sand, aqua blue waters and distinctive Cay are pictured in many of the top travel magazines.
A great resource for information about visiting, snorkeling, exploring St John’s beaches is The Ultimate St John Beach Guide.
The #1 reason people visit St John are for the beautiful beaches. And a big part of it is the wonderful natural beauty of the Virgin Islands National Park. Activities like hiking, snorkeling, fishing, water sports, diving … are great ways to respect and enjoy this beautiful island.
HONEYMOON BEACH WATER SPORTS – Located inside the US Virgin Islands National Park / Caneel Bay Resort. Enjoy an All Day Pass with access to beach chair, snorkel gear, float, paddle board, kayak and locker. A great place to spend a day at the beach and explore …
SCUBA DIVING: St John is renowned for its shallow water snorkeling … but divers can enjoy and experience beautiful coral reefs, forests of sea fans and gorgonians and an incredible assortment of Caribbean marine life including colorful fish, rays, lobsters and sea turtles! Check out Low Key for information and reservations: https://divelowkey.com/ or Call: (800) 835-7718
Local Flavor Charter: Capt Cleve was born and raised on St John’s remote East End. He knows the waters surrounding St John – and is the perfect guide for a full or half day on the water – snorkeling or reef fishing.
Hiking in the US Virgin Islands National Park – Discover the natural beauty of the Virgin Islands National Park on St John, by foot. With more than 20 trails to choose from – so there’s sure to be a hiking experience that matches your fitness, experience and interests. From bird viewing, to Plantation era ruins, untouched forests and ancient petroglyphs. The VINP web site includes Plants to Avoid and Hiking Safety Tips. You can also get first-hand information at the National Park’s Visitor Center in Cruz Bay ( located across from Mongoose Junction Shops ).
St John Bars & Restaurants
There are some wonderful island restaurants – perfect for whatever your mood or budget requires! Here are some of our favorite places to eat and drink … Please note: A small number of St John restaurants have not reopened since hurricane Irma.
Some of our favorites are:
High Tide Restaurant, Wharfside Village, water view, eats and drinks
DRINK, Craft cocktails – water view, located at the western end of Cruz Bay harbor
Extra Virgin Bistro, craft cocktails and upscale menu, Cruz Bay
Little Olive, Food Truck, Mediterranean inspired, fresh, located west of the roundabout near the DMV/tennis courts
Scoops, homemade ice cream, including adult flavors! eastern end of Mongoose Junction shops, ground floor
Tap Room, St John Brewer’s craft beers on tap, sophisticated pub menu, brick-oven pizzas, Mongoose Junction
Woody’s – Kenny Chesney made it famous … and it’s a fun spot for a cold drink after a day on the sun, Cruz Bay
Wok on the Beach, ecclectic/Asian, fresh, water views
Aqua Bistro, American fare w/West Indian specials, outdoor dining, rotunda bar, water views
Skinny Legs – Famous or infamous(?) … it’s a must-see/taste/sip, pub menu, merchandise and shopping