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Families will love:

  • Most of the island is a national park
  • Quiet beaches
  • Traveling by ferry

St. John is part of the U.S. Virgin Islands, and our favorite of the "virgins." Two-thirds of the 28-square-mile island -- 9,500 acres of land plus surrounding reefs -- are protected as the Virgin Islands National Park, part of the U.S. National Park Service. Put on the modern day map, so to speak, by the environmentalist Laurance Rockefeller (yes, of the wealthy family), ... more
St. John is part of the U.S. Virgin Islands, and our favorite of the "virgins." Two-thirds of the 28-square-mile island -- 9,500 acres of land plus surrounding reefs -- are protected as the Virgin Islands National Park, part of the U.S. National Park Service. Put on the modern day map, so to speak, by the environmentalist Laurance Rockefeller (yes, of the wealthy family), Rockefeller donated most of the land he ever acquired on the island to the U.S. National Park Service in hopes of protecting the land from future development. More land owners followed suit and to this day land is acquired to incorporate into the park. The park is not only St. John's main attraction, but it's also the jewel of the USVI for its snorkeling, beaches and natural scenery. Much of the coral reefs and coastline along the island is also a part of the national park system, and protected. Trails wind up and over hills, through tall, tropical trees and some end at the island's white sand beaches. At Trunk Bay, a popular snorkeling site, you can follow an underwater trail through the reef.

Rockefeller's home on the island was situated on Caneel Bay, which was developed into a resort. The resort was made to bring guests into the park-like environment, with no TV's, telephones or much in the way of modern conveniences. Today, the resort tries to remain true to that vision, while also providing a luxurious getaway for those with a bit more pocket money to spend.

To reach St. John, one must catch a ferry on St. Thomas, even schoolchildren on the island must ride the ferry to St. Thomas, where the high school is located. It's a quick jaunt; less than an hour.

Written by Lissa Poirot less

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