WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
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Over 60% of the island is national park land so there's plenty to explore and see. To see a website with all the beaches and other attractions, please click here.
This article includes a photo with a familiar view, as it was taken from just above Island Horizons Villa:
St. John: Here's To the Good Life
WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU GET THERE
To learn more about the island's back story and park attractions, swing by the visitor center of Virgin Islands National Park, along the west end of Cruz Bay (340-776-6201; nps.gov/viis). Rangers' cultural and recreational programs include guided Trunk Bay snorkeling trips and Reef Bay Trail hikes. Trips book up fast, so call ahead.
More than 40 percent of the park is underwater. The best north-side snorkeling is found off Honeymoon Beach, Trunk Bay, Maho Bay and Whistling Cay. Saltpond Bay is the pick of the south coast. With the exception of Whistling Cay, access is from the shore.
Chris Sawyer Diving Center offers half-day snorkel trips as well as full-day excursions up to Salt Island in the BVIs, final resting place of the 19th-century steamer RMS Rhone, one of the Caribbean's best wreck dives (340-777-7804). Calypso Catamaran Charters (340-777-7245; calypsovi.com) offers rollicking day sails around St. John and the BVIs, with stops for snorkeling, lunch and cocktails at Jost Van Dyke's famed Soggy Dollar Bar.