Travel to and around St. John, USVI
St. John (U.S. Virgin Islands) is a U.S. territory with U.S. citizens, using U.S. currency. Passports are NOT required for U.S. citizens, if they travel directly between the U.S., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. A valid, state issued, photo ID is required, and if you have a passport, it is recommended that you carry it. If you are traveling to any non-U.S. island or country, (including day trips to the British Virgin Islands) you will be required to have a passport. Proper documentation is required for non-U.S. citizens.
Visitors to St. John will arrive by plane in St. Thomas, and travel across the island to the ferry terminal at Red Hook. From Red Hook you can take a 20 minute passenger ferry ride, or a 40 minute vehicle barge ride to St. John. Both the passenger ferry and the vehicle barge arrive in Cruz Bay, St. John.
Guest Information Book
Our SEA TURTLE RENTAL VILLA “Guest Information” book is a wonderful resource of information for all your needs and interests while visiting St. John and the Virgin Islands... shopping, dining, boating, beaches, along with the many services offered to guests on the island.
Grocery Shopping on St. John
There are several good markets for grocery shopping for this St. John villa. Markets have everything from fresh seafood, meats, fruits and vegetables to wonderful prepared meals for picking up and enjoying back at the rental villa. All markets carry a large selection of beverages including beers, wines and liquor.
Activities on St. John
St. John and the U.S. Virgin Islands National Park offer a wide variety of activities. There are a number of beaches around the island, from Trunk Bay, often designated as one of the top ten beaches in the world, to tiny little beaches tucked away all around the island. Water activities include swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving. Use the masks and snorkels provided at your home, or take advantage of guided snorkels, or dive with one of our local dive companies. Paddle boards, kayaking, windsurfing are offered at a variety of levels, from basic instruction and hourly rentals, weekly rentals, or a guided tour. There are a number of options for spending the day or part of the day at sea. From a day sail, or a sunset sail, a private boat trip to the B.V.I., or a group tour and go island hopping for the day, or take a ferry and explore other islands on your own, or maybe a dingy rental and explore the waters on your own. Fishing ranges from a day spent big game fishing for marlin or tuna, to a part day inshore excursion and catch a snapper or wahoo for dinner on your grill. There are number of hiking trails to explore either on your own, or with the National Park, or an experienced outfitter. Hiking trails range from short trails to majestic views or a hidden sugar mill, to a day spent hiking the Reef Bay Trail and and the St. John petroglyphs. Other activities include parasailing, bird watching, a historical walking tour of Cruz Bay, or a visit to Annaberg, one of St. John’s historical sugar plantations. Maybe your ideal activity includes a spa day, or have a masseuse or two, set up their tables on your deck, and enjoy a side by side, his and her massages! There are gyms for those of you who want a good workout, or maybe a pilates or yoga class. There are endless options!!
Dining / Restaurants on St. John
St. John is home to many incredible restaurants. All are unique with plenty of variety for any appetite. Most meals are enhanced by dining open-air in lovely tropical settings.
Shopping on St. John
Shopping on St. John is a great treat. From the beautiful Mongoose Junction shopping complex to Wharfside Village to The Marketplace and all the small shoppes in between, on St. John shopping is wonderful and relaxing. Spend time browsing and strolling around taking the time to visit with the Virgin Island “locals”. There is an abundance of beautiful local art to view and purchase on St. John . St. John is home to more than a hundred artists all with unique talents in many forms of art. Whether it be paintings, ceramics, clothing, jewelry, etc…..there is an endless variety of art and shopping to tempt one and all.