Take a ferry to St. John, the smallest and considerably the more laid back, unspoiled and undeveloped of the U.S. Virgin Islands. Where sugar cane was once the top produce, making the island a thriving community.
Two-thirds of St. John is designated as a National Park, established in 1956 by Laurence Rockefeller who vacationed there regularly. He bought the land and then donated it to the U.S. National Park Service. The other third of the island is still rich in magnificent beaches and unspoiled real estate, as the vast sugar cane industry did little to affect the land negatively.
St. John is rampant with secluded coves, white sand beaches and walking trails that offer a breathtaking look at the natural splendor of the island. The Reef Bay Trail, for instance, the ruins of plantations, and preserved petroglyphs rocks, drawn by Taino Indians, indigenous people of the Caribbean, are marked for viewing. Annaberg Sugar Plantation is a favorite tourist attraction. Its Annaberg Historic Trail takes you through the restored ruins on the grounds of the plantations. From the vantage point of the Plantation, you can get a magnificent view of the entire island. Cruz Bay is the center of tourist activity on the island and is pretty much the island’s downtown area. Here you will find shops, restaurants, bars, and all sorts of Caribbean night life that reflect the local culture.
Want to explore historical artifacts, view beautiful paintings and other creation of the local artists? You can do so at the Elaine Lone Sprauve Library and Museum, located near Cruz Bay. Or would you like to swim in one of the many crystal clear blue water beaches surrounding St. John? Hawksnest Bay, as it is known, is a favorite spot of snorkelers as well as sun bathers and swimmers, as it has a magnificent reef nearby as well as Trunk Bay and Cinnamon Bay, to name a few.