St. John is the U.S. Virgin Island most famous for its pristine natural beauty, with two-thirds of its landscape covered by a protected national park. While tourists eager for commercial centers and modern civilization head to St. Thomas, and scuba divers and history buffs flock to sprawling St. Croix, St. John sparkles as a veritable island paradise abounding in tranquility and sublime natural treasures. With renowned hiking trails that meander throughout its lush greenery and world-class snorkeling sites that sit beneath crystalline ocean waters, a luxury vacation experience in St. John is epitomized by outdoor adventure. Needless to say, the island is a heavenly vacation destination for nature retreats, with extravagant private villa rentals that overlook its majestic parkland and gloriously blue sea. Other discerning travelers head to St. John for a respite from commercialized daily living, tuning their internal clocks to nature’s time and taking a week to slow down to a steady island pace in its private vacation homes. The island is also a popular vacation destination for honeymooners or couples celebrating an anniversary, with oceanfront luxury villa rentals providing a most intimate setting for commemorating romance. Between the gorgeous beaches, Virgin Islands National Park, and incredible snorkeling sites, a vacation to St. John is the beginning of a lifelong love affair.
St. John sparkles with such expansive natural beauty, the island features myriad daytime activities that take advantage of its enchanting outdoors. Snorkeling and hiking are two key components of a luxury vacation experience on this famous U.S. Virgin Island, offering a multifaceted exploration of its underwater marine life and Virgin Islands National Park. Affluent travelers who book luxury villa rentals along St. John’s North Shore will enjoy close proximity to the island’s most treasured snorkeling sites, where clear blue ocean waters yield a transparent look into a plethora of colorful marine life that gather nearby the coral reefs. Many other beaches feature fabulous snorkeling sites, tending to St. John’s reputation as a premier Caribbean vacation destination for sea exploration and ocean adventure. Just some include Cinnamon Bay, Chocolate Hole Beach, Salomon Beach, and Denis Bay. In addition, Trunk Bay features a snorkeling trail that measures two hundred and twenty-five yards long, and many discerning travelers will find extravagant private vacation homes to rent just a stone’s throw away from this magnificent site. But it isn’t just snorkeling that tugs at a St. John visitor’s heart. Other aquatic activities abound here, rounding out the opportunity to spend a week exploring the magnificent expanse of turquoise sea. Swim side by side with spotted eagle rays and sea turtles before enjoying a tanning session on a white sand beach or heading back to your oceanfront luxury villa rental. Grab a kayak or surfboard from the nearest watersports facilities, and get ready for a week of exhilarating aquatic daytime activities the entire party can enjoy.
With two-thirds of St. John existing as a dedicated protected national park, the inland adventure is just as ripe as the opportunity to spend a day at sea. St. John is renowned for its enchanting hiking trails, and many discerning travelers will book luxury villa rentals nearby these majestic areas to start a morning with an invigorating trek through the Virgin Islands National Park. Some iconic hiking trails on St. John include Ling Pint Trail, Francis Bay Trail, and Ram Head Trail. Meanwhile, Reef Bay Trail is another favorite, offering a three-mile stretch that leads past the tropical forest, enchanting Taino petroglyphs that invite travelers to glimpse the relics of an ancient civilization, and old sugar plantation ruins. Meanwhile, a visit to Bordeaux Mountain allows visitors to enjoy a hiking trail that culminates at St. John’s highest point, offering astounding views of the lush island and sparkling sea.
After a morning of snorkeling or hiking, head to world-famous Cruz Bay. Dubbed “Love City,” this St. John vacation destination is a staple of any itinerary to this U.S. Virgin Island, inviting travelers to experience the quintessential Caribbean atmosphere. From hippies cherishing the free-spirited atmosphere to American ex-pats enjoying a St. John retirement, Cruz Bay offers a treasured taste of carefree island living. Many affluent travelers look to Cruz Bay for their luxury villa rentals, where they can follow a leisurely afternoon at their poolside terrace with a jaunt to a beach bar. Between sugar-sweet tropical cocktails, vibrant reggae music, and a “life is good” attitude, the only downside to an afternoon in Cruz Bay is that you’ll be hard-pressed to leave.
Although most of a St. John luxury vacation experience will be devoted to exploring its bounty of natural beauty both on hiking trails and at sea, several cultural daytime activities exist to round out your enjoyment of this cherished US Virgin Island. Tour the Annaberg Sugar Plantation, where guests will frequently be privy to cultural exhibitions and live concerts and art fairs. The Elaine Lone Library and Museum is another favorite cultural outing, where photography, newspaper clippings, and paintings highlight the island’s history.
Each of St. John’s beaches is a magnificent point of interest, intriguing visitors with their charming characters and unspoiled stretch of shorelines. Many affluent travelers will book private vacation homes nearby Hawknest Beach for the opportunity to lounge beneath the shade of sea grape trees or enjoy an al fresco lunch at its lovely areas appointed for a picnic. Others book luxury villa rentals nearby Gibney Beach found on Hawknest Bay, where it’s not uncommon to glimpse exotic wildlife accompanying a leisurely afternoon tanning on glistening white snads. Caneel Bay is home to both Honeymoon Beach and Caneel Bay Beach, two paradisiacal stretches of soft powder sands and turquoise ocean waters that will awe and inspire.
Enjoy an unforgettable holiday to St. John, the US Virgin Island famous for its prolific natural beauty. From oceanfront luxury villa rentals to private vacation homes situated nearby enchanting hiking trails, Villaway offers a large inventory of world-class accommodations for a truly memorable stay on St John. Select from our list of private vacation homes today and get ready for an luxurious holiday that beats to the rhythm of island time.
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