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St John day trips for lazy people

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St John day trips for lazy people

Hi, we will be in STT for 2 full weeks at the end of April and much of early May. We will be staying on the north side not too far from Red Hook. We are renting a vehicle for the entire stay. Considering taking a day trip, maybe two, over to St John. We love the beauty of nature and wildlife but to be honest I don't want to spend a day hiking. We love the water but are not real experienced swimmers. Love good eating and shopping (not jewelry). Are there any recommendations for a couple in their 50s to enjoy water and nature and shopping on St John that doesn't involve being an athlete? :-)

Thanks for any suggestions.

Edited: 12:23 pm, February 13, 2013
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1. Re: St John day trips for lazy people

You can easily walk from one end of Cruz Bay to the other in 10 minutes. Mongoose Junction, at the far end, has shops, restaurants and bars. Do not park in the lot there unless you are shopping/eating there. Your vehicle will be booted. Wharfside Plaza is the other end of town and were the passenger ferry comes in. Again, shopping, restaurants & bars. There is a free public parking lot there near the dock. You may or may not be able to find a spot. There is another free lot next to where the car barge comes in. The walk from there to Wharfside is about 10-12 minutes. There is also a pay lot (Slimman's) across from Wharfside.

Getting to the North Shore beaches are easy. From the car ferry, you will take a left, then go to the second left at the roundabout, and down the hill. Take a left at the stop sign and you are on your way. Stop at any beach that suits you. We usually decide by how many cars are in the lot. Most of the time the water is very calm, but we have been there when it was so rough they actually closed Trunk and Cinnamon. If it looks too rough for you, keep going. Francis is our favorite. Water was calm there even when Trunk was closed. Maho is also usually calm. At Maho you are almost guaranteed to see turtles feeding in the seagrass.

Most of the beaches are a very short walk from the parking areas, with the exception of Cinnamon.

If you decide to come back a second time, you can check out Coral Bay on the other side of the islnad.

Have a fun LAZY vacation!

Edited: 1:02 pm, February 13, 2013
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2. Re: St John day trips for lazy people

I think you might enjoy Mongoose Junction, an outdoor shopping plaza with multiple levels of shops and restaurants, and then a day at Caneel Bay resort. You'd pull out of Mongoose parking lot and turn right and follow the North Shore Rd until you see Caneel Bay on your left. They will charge you $20 to park in their lot, but if you spend $20 on site, they either refund you or waive the entry - can't remember how that works.

There is at least one beach there that is public, as well as restaurants and a bay and reportedly wonderful sushi- if that's something you enjoy.

Why don't you look around at their website? That might be just the ticket for one of your lazy St. John days

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3. Re: St John day trips for lazy people

Another option for you would be to head up the hill to the Starfish market complex. On the third floor in the back of the complex, there is a fantastic deli that serves awesome sandwiches to take to the beach. You could pack your sandwiches (and maybe some hand-made potato chips and even splurge on some creamy delicious Tiramisu) and take all your goodies to one of the North shore beaches - Gibney, Jumbie, Hawksnest (I like this less because the water comes almost right up to the treeline), Cinnamon, Maho or Francis, and park yourselves on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.....

You'll love it!

After your beach day, you could park at Slim Man's paid parking lot, and walk around the Wharfside complex, right across the road.

It's all good, on St. John.

St Thomas, VI
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4. Re: St John day trips for lazy people

I am far from an athlete, and always find active, educational things to do on St John.

Snorkeling at Honeymoon and Maho beaches are often easy because the water is usually calm. Trunk Bay is also good for the underwater snorkeling trail.

There are also short, easy hiking trails that ate appropriate for all skill levels.

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5. Re: St John day trips for lazy people

thanks so much for all the replies!

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I would buy a copy of Pam Gaffin's "Feet, Fins and 4-Wheel Drive" and take one of the driving tours. It may sound wasteful to buy a whole book for one day, but I think you'll get your money's worth from it. It's full of anecdotes and history as well as information - good airplane reading for the trip home.

We did the East End tour last trip, and got a lot more out of it with the book than we would have by just randomly driving. I would recommend picking a tour that includes one sugar mill ruin. The most spectacular is Annaberg, but it requires maybe 1/4 mile of hiking up a hill. Catherineburg (Bordeaux Mountain) requires very little walking. The ruin across from Cinnamon Bay is in between: a short, flat, shady trail through the woods with periodic photo-ops.

Charlotte Amalie...
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7. Re: St John day trips for lazy people

There will be plenty of activities to go to or avoid as that's the culmination of the carnival in St Thomas. You might want to escape to St John more than once! Some people do get into the carnival though.


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