More than 60 percent of the land on the Caribbean island of St. John (and more than 5,500 acres of ocean) are designated as National Park, so it’s no surprise that many of the top visitor attractions focus on getting back to nature, both on land and in the water. Here are a few ways to get out enjoy the unspoiled beauty of the island:
Well known for its pristine coral reefs, St. John is a paradise for snorkelers. In addition to live coral gardens, there are yellow cushion starfish, schools of colorful tropical fish, and turtles. Watermelon Cay and Salt Pond Bay are two of the most popular spots to take the plunge. And if you don’t have your own equipment, don’t worry—it’s easy to rent masks, fins, and life jackets directly on the island.
Kayak & Paddleboard Trips
The clear, calm waters around St. John make it a great place to try one of the hottest new sports around: stand-up paddleboarding. Sea kayaks are also a popular way to explore. If you’re new to either sport, join a guided tour across one of the picture-perfect spots like Hansen Bay, and you might even get the chance to slip on a snorkel mask, too. If you’re experienced, there’s always the option to rent your own kayak or paddleboard for a self-guided adventure—Caneel Bay (Honeymoon Beach) is a favorite among visitors.
If your idea of a good day out on the water involves sitting with a fishing line in hand, then a St. John day-long fishing charter is a real must-do. With 4-, 6-, or 10-hour charter options, and space for up to six passengers, you’ll visit the best spots for deep-sea fishing. You’ll even get to keep your catch, which could be mahi mahi, snapper, sailfish, and more. No experience necessary—your guides will teach you everything you need to know.