St. John is located in the Caribbean Sea, and is one of the three islands that create the United States Virgin Islands. This little paradise is just over 50 square kilometers (almost 20 square miles) in size, and is the smallest of the three islands. About 2/3 of the island is part of the Virgin Islands National Park, which means many of the views are natural and untouched. Though the island is home to over 4,000 people, most of the population resides in the Cruz Bay or Coral Bay area, which are not part of the National Park. Between the countless shades of blue of the Caribbean Sea, white sand beaches, rocky coastlines, abundant marine life, numerous hikes with breathtaking views, stunning rolling mountains covered in old sugar mills, this gorgeous island surely does have quite the charm and is absolutely worth exploring!!
Gallows Point Resort This stunning, intimate 5 acre resort is located on the peninsula in Cruz Bay, but feels like its own little oasis, away from the hustle and bustle. There are only 60 suites, and the views around the resort are the best on the entire island, with the uninterrupted view of the Caribbean Sea, or the magical view or the Cruz Bay harbor! I stayed in an Upper Harbour View Suite (11C), and it was absolute perfection! The view from the private balcony was amazing, had a full kitchen, 1.5 baths, vaulted ceilings, spacious living & dining area, and a loft area where the bedroom was located. There is no doubt, this is the absolute best place to stay on the island. Not only do you get lush views and great privacy, but you are also just a short walk from the best selection of restaurants & shops in Cruz Bay!
Exploring St. John There is so much to see around this beautiful island! Some places you can get to easily, a lot of places usually require a hike of some sort because it is a national park, so many areas are undisturbed. I'd have to say, I think some of the most beautiful spots around the island take some time to get to! Some of my favorite spots were Denis Bay, Honeymoon Beach, Gibney Beach, Cinnamon Bay, Waterlemon Beach, Salt Pond Bay, Oppenheimer Beach, Johnson Bay,Maho Bay, Lenister Bay, Hawksnest Beach, LindPoint Trail, Johns Folly Beach, Blue Cobblestone Beach, Peace Hill, Salomon Beach, Trunk Bay, Friis Bay, and many others! Each spot has its own charm and character, and this gorgeous island surely is worth exploring from one end to the next!