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No. 28 St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands

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The smallest and least developed of the U.S. Virgin Islands, St. John is beloved for its half-moon beaches, scenic hiking trails (60 percent of the island is national park) and snorkeling (there’s an underwater trail at Trunk Bay). Mingle with locals at waterfront bars and restaurants in the small town of Cruz Bay.

Best Beach: Trunk Bay Beach, an Instagram favorite, is a perfect white crescent lapped by aqua surf and backed by green slopes.

Where to Stay: Caneel Bay, A Rosewood Resort, with seven secluded beaches and 166 rooms and suites featuring updated colonial décor against wood-beam ceilings and stone walls.

World's Best Islands 2012

No. 28 St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands

The smallest and least developed of the U.S. Virgin Islands, St. John is beloved for its half-moon beaches, scenic hiking trails (60 percent of the island is national park) and snorkeling (there’s an underwater trail at Trunk Bay). Mingle with locals at waterfront bars and restaurants in the small town of Cruz Bay.

Best Beach: Trunk Bay Beach, an Instagram favorite, is a perfect white crescent lapped by aqua surf and backed by green slopes.

Where to Stay: Caneel Bay, A Rosewood Resort, with seven secluded beaches and 166 rooms and suites featuring updated colonial décor against wood-beam ceilings and stone walls.

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World's Best Islands 2012

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