St. John U.S. Virgin Islands Guidebook-USVI
St. John On Foot And By Car
St. John, USVI Guidebook
St. John guidebook features 4 self-guided walking and
motor tours of the history, culture and natural beauty of this Caribbean
gem. The book makes St. John sightseeing adventuresome and fun. Nearly three-fifths of
this exotic island has been thoughtfully preserved as a National Park.
||Explore the beautiful
talcum-white beaches of Trunk Bay and Cinnamon Bay
||Learn to identify the
exotic fauna and flora of this St. John U.S. Virgin Islands paradise
underwater sea worlds and learn about St. John's colorful coral reefs and how they were
||Discover ruins of at
other historic Virgin Islands sugar plantations
||See St. John's ancient
Pre-Columbian Indian rock carvings
John U.S. Virgin Islands, belongs to the U.S. Virgin Islands archipelago
(which includes both the United States and British Virgin Islands). The group
lies 1100 miles southeast of Miami and 1600 miles south of New York. There are
three major islands in the U.S. Virgin Islands chain. The two largest are St.
Croix and St. Thomas, next comes tiny St. John. The U.S. Virgin Islands are hilly and
alive with exotic vegetation. It is sunny almost every day in the USVI.
Temperatures are pleasant, ranging from the mid-70s to 90 degrees year round,
which makes St. John U.S. Virgin Islands sightseeing an enjoyable experience.
St. John On Foot
And By Car is divided into several parts. The guidebook begins with an overview
of the island. There are no shopping malls and no casinos on tiny St.
John. However, the scenery is breathtaking, and there are
plenty of activities and attractions. The beaches on
St. John U.S. Virgin Islands are some of the best in the world! This book is your
guide to a thoroughly enjoyable experience.
The book starts out with a
History of the island of St. John, beginning with its discovery by Christopher Columbus in
1493. Fearing the island of St. John might be inhabited by fierce Carib Indians, Columbus maneuvered his ships close to the
John, but chose not to land. Had he come ashore, he would have discovered that Taino Indians were in residence
at the time. Tainos were a nation of peaceful Indians who supported themselves by fishing,
gathering food from the land, and growing produce.
The 4 self-guided
tours of St. John U.S. Virgin Islands, arranged as follows:
1. WALKING TOUR OF BAY VILLAGE (2.5 Hours). This tour begins with a visit to the
Virgin Islands National Park Visitor
Center followed by a brief hike out to Lind Battery, where visitors can enjoy the view of the picturesque setting of Bay harbor, the principal village on the
St. John. Includes
visits to the Administration Building (a former 18-century fortress) and the
local Elaine Ione Sprave Library & Museum, which has a wonderful
assortment of artifacts, curious old photographs, historical
documents and examples of hoop basket-making on view to the
|2. NORTH SIDE TOUR (4.5 Hours)
Exploring the North Side of St. John,
visitors will have a chance to experience stunning beaches like Trunk Bay and
Hawksnest. The tour begins at the
historic Caneel Bay Plantation Resort, located less than a mile from the village
of Cruz Bay. Caneel played a key role in St. John’s historic slave revolt of
1733. There are historic ruins scattered around the grounds of Caneel, most notable
is the Caneel sugar mill, which today hosts one of the resort's restaurants.
Besides Caneel, other highlights of the tour include stops at Annaberg, Cinnamon
Bay and Trunk Bay, where visitors will discover a great deal about St. John’s history and get better acquainted with the natural beauty of the island. On this
tour, visitors will also learn about one of St. John's famous former residents,
Robert Oppenheimer, inventor of the atomic bomb, who chose to live on St. John
as a recluse for many years. There’s an opportunity to use several of the
guidebook’s handsomely illustrated identification guides to St. John's birds,
fish and woodland creatures. There is also instruction on coral identification
and information on how coral reefs are formed. Visitors will enjoy their stop at
Maho Bay Camps where they may have an opportunity to witness a glass blowing
demonstration or to attend an interpretive lecture or slide show about St. John.
Maho Bay Camps is one of the world’s first “green resorts” and was
conceived and built by pioneer eco-resort developer, Stanley Selengut, in the
1970s. This popular St. John US Virgin Islands resort was constructed using techniques that caused
minimal erosion, thereby avoiding coral reef damage.
|3. CENTERLINE ROAD AND THE EAST AND SOUTH SIDES (4.5 Hours). Stops on
this tour include the ruins of the Cathrineberg sugar plantation, the historic
Emmaus Moravian Church and spectacular mountaintop views of Coral Bay. Coral Bay
village is the site of the original Danish Virgin Islands settlement on St.
John.. It played a key role in the island’s tragic slave revolt of 1733. The
tour includes a visit to the isolated East End community, whose residents are
known for their skills as carpenters, stone masons, boat builders and basket
makers. Here, at Privateer Bay, visitors to St. John Virgin Islands also learn
about the many famous pirates and privateers like Blackbeard and Captain Kidd, who once sailed
the waters of St. John U.S. Virgin Islands. The tour concludes with stops at Salt Pond and Lameshur
REEF BAY TRAIL (5 Hours). Involves a full-day hike into St. John's fascinating world of fauna and flora. Reef Bay Trail is one of numerous hiking
trails identified in our St. John guidebook. Along the Trail,
hikers visit ancient rock carvings ("petroglyphs") and tour the
abandoned ruins of the last operating sugar plant on St. John. There are field
guides to local plants and woodland critters to help
visitors identify St. John’s fauna and flora. There are also guides to
the island's flowers, birds, fish and marine life..
St. John U.S. Virgin Islands guidebook is fully illustrated with color photography
throughout. The book makes a wonderful sightseeing aid and a great gift idea for
anyone contemplating a trip the island. The book has lots of
valuable information to aid tourists in
planning their vacation activities while on St. John.
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