Consider yourself warned, the chiggers, sand fleas or no-see-ums, are horrendous on St. John. The women in our group absolutely got eaten alive! The insects bite you and cause a horrific itch that last for days and weeks. They can be compared to the chicken pox in appearance. The nice resorts are not immune to the problem, the are rampant at Canel Bay, I was told the problem is just as bad at the Westin, and we know it is just as bad in Cruz Bay. Most all the restaurants are open air, thus your dinners will be visited by the flying insect. The local remedy of coating the bites in gin, yes gin, only provides temporary relief. If you are planning a trip to St. John take a few things with you, plenty of insect repellent (Off, Repel, Etc.), just so you think are are doing something to protect yourself. The best things we have found to calm the itch is "Tea Tree Oil" and "Liquid Bandage." Apply the tea tree oil to existing bites. The idea behind the liquid bandage is that it forms a barrier over the insect and cuts off the oxygen supply thus killing it in your skin. Keep applying tea tree oil, for the itch.
Consider yourself warned. St. John's chiggers, sand flea, or no-see-ums problem almost over shadowed our whole vacation.