Pristine beach, sea & sky - Paradise in St. John
Saint John Travel Blog› entry 6 of 7 › view all entries
June 6th, 2010 – by: TravellingAuntie
St. John has it all: historic petroglyphs and ruins from its ancient inhabitants and more recent Danish colonial heritage; elegant resorts with romantic vistas for weddings or honeymoons; and plenty of dazzling white sand beaches, sparkling waters, and verdant hills for active family fun.
We got to see the elite Caneel Bay since one of our taxi mates got dropped there. Wow! gorgeous resort set amidst sugar mill ruins. I learned later that the beach is public - so don't be scared off by the gate and guard.
We spent most of our time at Cinnamon Bay, snorkeling, hiking and relaxing. Gorgeous beach, the coral was completely white with sand - probably brought in by the same rains that made the sky blue. The hike was easy and short - an interpretive trail right across from the Cinnamon Bay campgroud, amidst sugar factory ruins (didn't do Reef Bay Vance!) but the bugs were out in full force, again from the rains, and I'm still scratching days later. Got to see an old Danish cemetery along the way as well - pretty cool tombs and rock graves - and ruins of the overseer's estate.
To get to St. John, we took the short ferry ride from Red Hook to Cruz Bay (15 minutes, $6). Cruz Bay has some marvelous restaurants and bars - some overlooking the water.
Since it was off season, St. John was very peaceful - mostly locals - sleepy and quiet. The stores and restaurants didn't even open till 11 am, although when we got to Woody's around 3pm it was packed and hopping.
Trunk Bay has the best snorkeling, but requires a $4 entrance fee. You get a great view of the Bay from the road in, so if you've already snorkeled at Coki in St. Thomas you can give it a pass and save your $4.
More St. John info: http://www.examiner.com/x-43358-Atlanta-Destinations-Travel-Examiner~y2010m6d8-Caribbean-getaway-St-John-US-Virgin-Islands-for-history-romance-and-family-fun
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