Things to do in St. John
There’s really no shortage of things to do in St. John. The island not only features beautiful beaches, but well-kept hiking trails and historical sites aplenty. Figuring out what to do in St. John is simple enough if you know where to look.
If you want to learn more about the island’s history, be sure to visit the ruins of the Annaberg Sugar Plantation, the most complete of the 25 sugar factories that once covered the island when it was ruled by the Danish empire. On the northwest section of the island, you can visit an old Danish building near Cinnamon Bay with archaeological artifacts discovered on the island’s coast. And for a more guided look at St. John history, be sure to visit the Elaine Ione Sprauve Museum, which features a collection of antique photos, paintings and newspaper clippings inside a plantation house built in 1757.
If you’re seeking more adventurous things to do in St. John, the island won’t disappoint. Charter a boat for the day and visit the many coves, snorkeling/scuba spots and fishing areas that surround the island and take in the vibrant sea life or book an eco-tour of the island, exploring the interior of the national park by foot or on horseback. You can also take to the sky by paraglider or helicopter and catch an unbelievable view of the islands from far above. Figuring out what to do in St. John is as easy as walking out your door and seeing where the day takes you.
The beach is wildly popular, but first-time visitors shouldn’t miss the snorkeling trail managed by the National Park Service, with plaques on the ocean floor identifying different types of coral and fish.
The beach can only be reached by hiking from Caneel Bay or Cruz Bay, so it’s rarely crowded.