thursday

Slow down and soak up St. John’s quiet, friendly vibe and dip your toe into its pristine natural environment. The incredibly scenic ferry ride from St. Thomas will help get you in the mood.

Morning

After the 45-minute, air-conditioned ferry ride, wander around Cruz Bay. Perch at an open-air bar, sip a coffee, and watch locals and visitors alike go about their day at a relaxed island pace.

While in Cruz Bay, admire the beautiful stone walls and shaded courtyards of Mongoose Junction. In its collection of stores you’ll find lots of local arts and crafts. Made in St. John sells clothing designed and screen-printed on the island. The St. John Experience Gallery showcases large prints of local sights. Island Fancy specializes in tropical gifts such as spices and hot sauces, as well as island music, cookbooks and hand-painted Christmas ornaments.

Afternoon

Break for lunch at The Tap Room on Mongoose Junction’s second floor, where you can sample St. John Brewers‘ craft beers —with names such as Island Hoppin’ IPA and Toasted Coconut Brown Ale — and craft sodas made on-site to go with your burger, pizza, or tacos filled with fish or carnitas (Latin-style pulled pork).

After lunch, get more retail therapy at the shops in Wharfside Village on the Cruz Bay waterfront, including Kro-gū, one of several stores specializing in handmade jewelry and gifts. Pink Papaya offers the island-inspired art of St. John resident Lisa Etre, in addition to other artists and craftsmen.

Evening

Dine at The Lime Inn, the land-based outpost of floating Coral Bay taco shack Lime Out. Try the Cowabunga taco, stuffed with slow-braised short ribs, blackened shrimp and feta cheese, paired with a craft cocktail.

After dinner, head out on a thrilling guided night paddle in clear-bottom kayaks equipped with underwater LED lights on the Night Kayak GLOW Tour. The tour leaves from The Westin St. John Resort Villas, just outside Cruz Bay. 

Friday

Devote your day to reveling in the quiet beauty of one or more of our island’s stunning North Shore beaches. You can easily begin your explorations of St. John’s coastal wonders within a few minutes of town.

Morning

You’ll soon discover why Trunk Bay has a permanent spot on any list of the world’s most beautiful beaches. Bask in the sun and float in the warm, clear water. Then, don snorkel gear and follow the sea-bottom markers on the exciting Trunk Bay Underwater Snorkel Trail. Bob along for a half-hour or more, reading the signs along the trail to learn interesting facts about the reef and its resident sea life.

Afternoon

Refuel with lunch at the Rain Tree Cafe at Cinnamon Bay Beach & Campground, just a few minutes up the road. Then, explore the island’s history on an easy, shaded half-mile walk through 18th-century plantation ruins. Afterward, return to Cruz Bay and get pampered with a massage at Mango Bliss Spa.

Evening

Dine on French-inspired dishes that make the most of local seafood at The Terrace Restaurant overlooking the boats moored in Cruz Bay. A standout is the seared yellow-fin tuna with Parisian gnocchi, roasted red pepper confit and a warm herb-brown butter vinaigrette.

Wind down — or up — with drinks and casino-style gaming at the Parrot Club, located in Wharfside Village on the water in Cruz Bay.

saturday

Feel the wind in your hair, hear the waves lapping at the bow and watch the islands slowly pass by — this is the life! Spend the day enjoying a day sail and follow it up with a sumptuous dinner.

Morning-Afternoon

Sail in our balmy trade winds, with stops to snorkel in azure waters and visit Lime Out — a floating bar and taco stand anchored in Coral Bay — for lunch and drinks. The name refers to both its bright-green color scheme and the island slang “to lime” – meaning to chill and hang out.

Evening

Enjoy an early dinner at Ocean 362, an airy terrace just above Cruz Bay at Gallows Point Resort. The third-story bar has panoramic views of the jaw-dropping sunset over the water, with tiny cays and St. Thomas in the distance. Watch the glittering lights of St. Thomas appear as daylight fades.

sunday

Spend your final day exploring St. John history and taking a drive through our island’s lush interior.

Morning

Drive out to North Shore Road, keeping an eye out for roaming wild donkeys and picture-perfect ocean vistas. If your route includes Centerline Road, try the fresh fruit drinks at Colombo’s Smoothies, a roadside stand.

Read informational signs at the Annaberg Sugar Plantation ruins and learn how sugar was produced back in the 17th century when wind and animals were the only sources of power for the sugar cane mills. Take photos of picturesque Leinster Bay and pint-size Waterlemon Cay to share with your friends back home.

Afternoon

Before boarding the ferry to St. Thomas, lunch on Baja fish tacos or a jerk mahi-mahi sandwich at Cruz Bay Landing, a short walk across Powell Park near the ferry dock.

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