St John is the smallest of the US Virgin Islands, famed for its scenic beauty, with a large proportion of the island’s area protected as part of a National Park, encompassing coastline, forest and hills. All around self-catering holiday villas on St John are fantastic sandy beaches with calm turquoise waters.
The strict rules on the island regarding development mean the beaches and natural scenery close to St John self-catering vacation accommodation is almost unparalleled in this part of the Mediterranean. The north shore here is home to some truly sublime beaches, not least at Trunk Bay. This beach is part of the Virgin Islands National Park, covering more than half of St John and is commonly rated among the best beaches on the planet. It offers a long stretch of white sand, backed up tropical forest.
You could head to this National Park from a holiday rental on St John to take part in a host of different outdoor activities, including scuba diving and snorkelling in the warm waters at Trunk Bat and Cinnamon Bay to explore the reefs here. On land there are numerous hiking trails that you can take, snaking through tropical forest that boast an abundance of wildlife. In fact the park is home to 140 different bird species and 740 plant varieties. It’s possible to take guided hikes for a unique insight into the natural wealth on the island.
The trails close to St John self-catering holiday villas are easily tackled by most visitors – At Annaberg there’s a historic hike that leads you through the remnants of a sugar plantation. Meanwhile the Cinnamon Loop Trail passes by an old sugar factory and historic Danish cemetery.
During your holiday at a villa on St John you could take a day trip to the British Virgin Islands, with Jost Van Dyke, Tortola and Virgin Gorda easily reached. Tortola features numerous picturesque beaches and spectacular scenery inland. On Virgin Gorda there’s the famous Baths, a lovely beach featuring granite boulders creating large caves.
There’s consistently warm and hot weather all year round at self-catering holiday villas on St John – it’s rare that temperatures drop below 20 degrees, and daily highs are about 30 degrees all year round. The rainy season lasts from May to November, and the main tourist season is from December to April.
To get to St John from the UK you could fly from London-Gatwick (LGW) to St Kitts (SKB) with British Airways, then transferring to St Thomas (STT) with Liat and catching the ferry across to the island of St John.