Episode 9: What You Need to Know When Planning a Trip to St John in the US Virgin Islands

This episode we continue our “recorded onsite” series as we discover St John in the US Virgin Islands.  No need for a passport this week as St John is another US Territory.  We will talk about where to stay on the Island, where to eat, and what to do along with conversations that we’ve had over the last few days.  So  pack a bag and come join us on St John. Some links are affiliate links.  See our disclosure.

Get our full 7 Day St John Itinerary Here! It is a customizable itinerary but we've filled in our favorite places to snorkel and the hidden beaches we love! This is a must have when planning your trip to Saint John, USVi.

In the esisode did forget to mention how to get here. To get to St. John you'll need to fly to St. Thomas and take a ferry over to St. John.  The ferry runs from Red Hook on St. Thomas to Cruz Bay.  You can take a taxi from the airport on St. Thomas to Red Hook to take the ferry.  Check here for the ferry schedule.  If you are staying at the Westin there is a separate ferry that is available.  Check into their desk in the baggage claim area and they provide a shuttle to Red Hook.  It is more expensive to take their ferry but it takes you directly to the resort and you can go back and forth to St. Thomas as much as you would like during your stay. Check with the Westin St John for the most up to date ferry schedule. 

Where to stay:

Westin St. John Resort & Villas (this is where we have stayed twice)

Gallows Point Resort - right in Cruz Bay

Other places to stay in Cruz Bay and in Coral Bay

All on St John

Eco lodge on St John  - Concordia Eco Resort in Coral Bay

What to do:

Rent a car to drive to all the beaches on the island

O’Connor Car Rental (this one has a location at the Westin as well)

Courtesy Car Rental

St. John Car Rental

Snorkel - this is what we spent most of our time on this trip doing!

Our Top 5 Snorkel Beaches from this Trip

  1. Hawksnest
  2. Watermelon Cay
  3. Truck Bay
  4. Cinnamon Bay
  5. Maho Bay - to see the turtles

You Tube of Snorkeling Video Link

If you are staying on St Thomas or are on a Cruise that ports in St Thomas here are some day trip options so you can see St. John

Day trips to St John from St Thomas

St John Island Sightseeing Tour from St Thomas

St John Island and Trunk Bay Beach Tour from St Thomas

Other tours to St John 

Where to Eat on St. John

Mongoose Junction

St. John Brewers Tap Room 

Our Market Smoothies - tell our friend Karen that Scott & Melissa sent you

Tap & Still - burgers, wings, fries, beer

Grocery options - we recommend packing lunches for the beach and picking up breakfast items

Dolphin Market - has gluten free, keto etc. options

Starfish Market

Other Resources 

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St. John App

St John Packing List is Here

Full St John Blog Post Guide is Here

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