Activities

8-Tuff Duffer–The popular annual foot race across St. John attracts athletes and antics

It’s 5am on a Saturday and not only am I up and dressed, I’m headed to town, a.k.a. Cruz Bay.  The early bird catches the sunrise, after which I’ll be hoofing it over the mountainous terrain of St. John for 8.3 miles with almost a thousand other souls, or in this case, soles. I’m neither … Read more

St. John Gym is Free for All–Miles of hiking trails and hundreds of places to swim make St. John the best natural gym

The first month of every year brings out the eager in all of us. Gyms across the country are packed with anxious humans lifting this and bouncing that. In a few weeks the classes will thin out and the machines will be available again. The ebb and flow of active participants is not something you’ll … Read more

Villa, Hot Tub, Massage – Oh My

St. John has more vacation villas than hotel rooms. In fact, only Caneel Bay resort and a few independent condo owners rent rooms by the night. Almost all visitors to St. John are here for a week and learn pretty quickly the advantages of a villa vacation. Having taken them myself, I can tell you: … Read more

Are You a Hiker, Diver, or Sloth?

One of the interesting things about living on St. John is you get to observe how people vacation – what they do, where they do it, and who they do it with. My theory is that there are 3 types of vacationers who visit St. John: Hikers, Divers, and Sloths. Hikers enjoy St. John’s National … Read more

Carnival Days

Carnival

Carnival Days St. John may be small, but it puffs up during the month of June and explodes on July 4th with the annual Carnival festival. Each of the Caribbean islands has their own form of Carnival celebration at different times of the year, and St. John’s happens to coincide with America’s Independence Day. For … Read more

Dude Drop

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Dude Drop On a recent hike up the Ram’s Head trail on the south shore of St. John’s Virgin Island National Park I came upon something I wasn’t expecting to see. At the very top of the trail, where the 360 degree views are so breathtaking they can make you lose your balance, there was … Read more

Surfing St. John

surfing in st. john

Surfing St. John While St. John may not be known for its surfing, there are a few hidden places around the island where avid surfers can be found riding the waves. Not the safest surfing environment, even at these special spots, since reefs are dangerously close to the water’s surface. Access Reef Bay from the … Read more

St. John Blues Blowout

Gazebo on St. John Island

St. John Blues Blowout In the past, St. John had an annual blues festival organized by a wealthy music-loving resident. When said benefactor left island a few years ago, it looked like he was taking the island festival with him. But not so fast! Enter St. John locals Ronnie Klingsberg (of Ronnie’s Pizza fame) and … Read more

Sunday Funday

Sunday Funday

Sunday Funday Sundays are, without question, the best day of the week on St. John. With more places of worship than restaurants, St. John is a blessed and peaceful place on Sunday mornings. Church bells in Cruz Bay and Coral Bay can be heard at 9am, a peaceful tone that warms the island with every … Read more

Something for Everyone

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Something for Everyone I know it’s hard to imagine that a tropical vacation in a luxury vacation villa couldn’t get any better, but if you’re on St. John, oh my, let us count the ways. St. John has a variety of engaging activities to suit a wide range of preferences. Waterbug? Spend the day beach … Read more