Your must-see for nature

Whether snorkeling the crystal-clear, turquoise waters that surround our island or climbing the steep hills, for those passionate about experiencing nature, St. John is the must-see island. One of the best places to snorkel in the Caribbean, you don’t have to venture far from shore to begin interacting with sea turtles and rays as you swim above corals that teem with a kaleidoscope of brilliantly colored fish. On land, more than three dozen hiking trails beckon adventurers, crisscrossing the lush, 5,500-acre Virgin Islands National Park. This preserve protects more than half the island’s total footprint and is home to a veritable smorgasbord of flora and fauna. Beloved for our dozens of virtually crowd-free, white-sand beaches, this — the smallest of the three main U.S. Virgin Islands — is considered to have some of the most unspoiled underwater and terrestrial habitats found anywhere in the Caribbean.

An Outdoor Adventure in St. John

St. John

The smallest of our three main U.S. Virgin Islands, St. John is a stunning natural playground, with more than two-thirds of its land dedicated to Virgin Islands National Park. Navigate switchbacks in a rented Jeep on roads with spectacular views or explore the island on foot.

Hiker’s Guide to Virgin Islands National Park

St. John

Within Virgin Islands National Park on St. John, visitors can hike among windswept sugar plantation ruins, see the indigenous Taino’s ancient petroglyphs and cool off with a dive in the ocean, where magnificent marine life swims among vibrant coral reefs.

Getting to St. John via St. Thomas

St. John

Although there is no airport on St. John — home of the spectacular Virgin Islands National Park — the stunning island is easy to reach from St. Thomas via a variety of ferry services.

Plan Your Trip

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It’s a quick ferry ride to reach St. John. Get close to nature riding in a Jeep around the island, the majority of which is a U.S. national park. Hike on a hillside, snorkel an underwater trail and paddle a kayak at night.

Trip Tips

Know Before You Go
  • Do I need a passport to visit the U.S. Virgin Islands?

    If you are a U.S. citizen a passport is not required, but it still serves as the best identification when traveling. Otherwise, you must be prepared to show evidence of citizenship when departing the islands, such as a raised-seal birth certificate and government-issued photo ID. If you are not a U.S. citizen, then a passport issued by your country of origin is required. If you are not sure of your status, please contact the U.S. Customs & Border Protection agency (

  • What is the currency in the U.S. Virgin Islands?

    As a U.S. territory, the currency is the U.S. dollar. Automated teller machines (ATMs) can be found throughout all three islands. Most establishments accept credit cards and traveler’s checks. The most widely accepted credit cards are Visa and MasterCard.
    Tip: Remember when you’re traveling to put some cash and cards in a safe place as backup.

  • What language is spoken in the U.S. Virgin Islands?

    English is the official language, but you can definitely detect the sound of colorful dialects and expressions that may take time to get accustomed to. Spanish is also commonly spoken.
    Tip: The USVI is a territory of the United States, but it has its own culture. It is always best when exploring new cultures to be respectful and mindful.

  • Can I drive in the U.S. Virgin Islands?

    We drive on the left side of the road. A valid U.S. or foreign license is accepted for 90 days. Seatbelts are required by law, and it is illegal to drive while speaking on your cellphone.

  • What kind of weather can I expect during my vacation?

    The U.S. Virgin Islands enjoy warm sunny weather year-round. The average winter temperature is 77ºF (25ºC), and the average summer temperature is 82ºF (28ºC).
    Tip: The Caribbean sun is intense, cotton clothes are the best choice for staying cool and remember to drink plenty of water and wear sunscreen.

  • When is the best time to visit the U.S. Virgin Islands?

    The U.S. Virgin Islands is a year-round destination; however, you may find the best bargains on hotels and attractions during the summer months.
    Tip: Dress is casual, but proper attire (shirts and shoes) should be worn in public areas. Bathing suits are worn at the beach and pool only.

  • What kind of sunscreen can I use while in the USVI?

    Please Use Only Mineral Sunscreen. It’s the Law in the U.S. Virgin Islands! Please help preserve the glorious beaches and stunning underwater world that lure you to our shores so that you and your loved ones can enjoy them for years to come! Avoid sunscreens that contain the “Toxic 3 Os” of oxybenzone, octinoxate and octocrylene – they are prohibited in the United States Virgin Islands. Wear rashguards, hats and use only non-nano mineral sunscreen containing zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, the only sunscreen ingredients deemed safe and effective by the FDA. Always read the ingredient label to avoid sunscreen containing oxybenzone, octinoxate and octocrylene. There are so many options to choose from. For a selection of recommended non-nano mineral-based sunscreen lines, please click here.

  • What is the time zone?

    Atlantic Standard Time. During the spring and summer months, we are on the same time as the U.S. East Coast. When the clocks fall back in the autumn and winter, the USVI remains an hour ahead.

  • How can I stay in touch with news, work and friends and family back home?

    Radio stations, network affiliates, cable TV, satellite TV and Internet providers keep you connected with the rest of the world. Internet cafés are conveniently located around the islands where you can socialize and check your inbox. If you travel with your cellphone, most carriers do have signals in the USVI. Remember your earpiece: it is illegal to drive while speaking on your cellphone.

  • Do I need to bring an adapter for my electronics?

    Standard 120-volt current is used in the U.S. Virgin Islands. No adapters are required.

  • Can I travel with my pet?

    The islands are very pet-friendly. However, only a few hotels allow pets, so check with your hotel beforehand. There are no quarantine regulations, but airlines do require a health certificate from your veterinarian (certifying that shots are up to date). Most certificates are issued for a 30-day period. If your travel will extend beyond a 30-day period, you should visit one of our local veterinary offices for recertification prior to departure.

St. John to St. Thomas 45 Minute Ferry Ride