Destination guide

Saint John – an unspoiled island escape in the Caribbean Sea

Smallest of the Virgin Islands, Saint John is full of natural beauty, from the lush green tropical forests inland, to the picture-perfect beaches with light sands and clear seas. Choose Saint John vacation rentals close to Cruz Bay, the island's largest settlement, and you can enjoy the relaxed island life, with small art galleries selling locally-made crafts, and restaurants with seafront terraces serving the day's catch. With the sea temperature an average of 79 degrees all year round, whether you swim, snorkel, scuba or sail, the inviting Caribbean Sea is waiting for you.

Things to do

Hike forest trails through Saint John

About 60% of Saint John is taken up by the Virgin Islands National Park, and this includes lush green tropical forests, unspoiled beaches and tumbling waterfalls. The Reef Bay Trail is one of the most popular routes through the park, and although it's only 2.2 miles long, you'll want to take lots of stops along the way to see rock carvings, ruins of the old sugar mills and exotic birds overhead. Caneel Hill Trail is much tougher, covering 2.4 miles up a steep rocky incline through the trees, but with a great view across to the surrounding islands.

Activities

White sands and coral reefs in Saint John

The beaches are the main draw in Saint Johns, with white sands and turquoise seas, where you'll occasionally spot a dolphin or turtle in among the coral reefs. Trunk Bay has an underwater trail that's ideal for snorkeling, and an islet just a 200-yard swim from the shore, where you can climb the rocks and take in the views. Scuba diving is one of the island's most popular activities, and, if you're staying in Saint John vacation rentals with friends, you can book a private group tour, taking you up close to the colorful, exotic world just under the surface.

Weather

Enjoy Saint John sunshine all year round

Saint John has a tropical climate, and so it's warm and sunny all year round, and the sea is usually warm enough for swimming. Although it's slightly cooler in December and January, it rarely drops below 73 degrees, and, during the rainy season of October to January, most rain comes in short bursts, so it's unlikely to ruin your day. The most popular time of year to book Saint John vacation rentals is December to February. September is peak hurricane season, so look out for local warnings around this time, and be aware that local businesses might be closed.

Natural features

Discover Saint John's wildlife onland and offshore

The island of Saint John is almost completely covered in forest, and most of it is undeveloped. With a rocky terrain, there are a number of hiking trails through the tropical landscape, leading out into unspoiled stretches of beach. Less populated than the surrounding Virgin Islands, Saint John has a large number of cuckoos, hummingbirds and other exotic birds, as well as creatures such as mongoose and feral donkeys, which sometimes roam the streets. Bordeaux Mountain is the highest peak, with a steep winding trail to the top, lined with tropical trees and flowers, enjoying spectacular views across the Caribbean.

How to get there

Transportation to and around St. John

The nearest airport is in St. Thomas (SPB-St. Thomas Seaplane Base), located 13.5 mi (21.8 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you can also fly into Tortola (EIS-Terrance B. Lettsome Intl.), which is 14.9 mi (23.9 km) away.

Where to stay around Saint John?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 857 vacation rentals near Saint John. From 453 Villas to 111 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Saint John for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Saint John?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Saint John. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Contant & Contant Farms: 452 vacation rentals
  • Cruz Bay: 1,804 vacation rentals
  • Estate Chocolate Hole and Great Cruz Bay: 1,753 vacation rentals
  • Coral Bay: 147 vacation rentals
  • Estate Enighed: 1,803 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Saint John! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Saint John?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Saint John:

  • Estate Chocolate Hole and Great Cruz Bay: 1,753 rentals
  • Estate Enighed: 1,803 rentals
  • Estate Peter Bay: 1,606 rentals
  • Estate Hansen Bay: 838 rentals
  • Estate Carolina: 1,524 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Saint John?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Saint John are:

  • Cyril E King Airport (STT): 1,900 vacation rentals
  • Virgin Gorda Airport (VIJ): 225 vacation rentals
  • Road Town (RAD-Road Town Seaplane Base): 233 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Saint John?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Saint John. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Trunk Bay: 1,917 rentals
  • Virgin Islands National Park: 1,915 rentals
  • Gibney Beach: 1,915 rentals
  • Honeymoon Beach: 1,915 rentals
  • Sunset Beach: 1,914 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Saint John listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

Explore destinations around Saint John

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