Imagine a perfect soft sandy beach with crystal clear, calm turquoise water, and you are describing most of the beaches on St. John. Check out the Beaches of St. John website to see photos of every beach on the island. Trunk Bay, Cinammon Bay, Caneel Bay or Hawksnest Bay – it’s hard to pick a favorite.

Snorkeling and scuba diving are popular - the coral reefs are highly protected by the park service- and there are many good dive centers.  Cinnamon Bay is a great place to rent windsurfing, snorkeling, and kayaking equipment. They also have public cruises and private boat charters.

You can sign up for a guided sailing and snorkeling tour to several islands in the park with Many local sailboats. You can also take boat trips for full and half days, including a ride to the baths on Virgin Gorda. Sport’s fishing is also available. Try the Motor Yachts at Cinnamon Bay or various boats in Cruz Bay to get more info.

On dry land, spend some time hiking the trails in the National Park .
You can get maps of hiking trails and a park brochure at the Cruz Bay Visitors Center . Hikes range from short to long, coastal to challenging hill hikes, but most have spectacular views and let you see tropical plants and birds. A popular hike is the half-mile Annaberg Historic Trail which takes you by the ruins of a Danish plantation. The 2.5 mile Reef Bay Hike takes you by prehistoric petroglyphs (carved rocks) and to a plantation ruin.

Wandering through the colorful shops in Cruz Bay is another way to spend a lazy day.  

Right across the street from the National Park Visitor's Center is a wonderful group of shops and restaurants called Mongoose Junction. Native stone architecture, locally made jewelry and crafts as well as resortwear, salon, and a microbrewery all in one location. Also an activities desk for booking charters, sailing adventures, etc.