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Many feel St. John of the United States Virgin Islands stands out as the jewel of the entire Virgin Islands group, and they may be exactly right. With over 10,000 acres, representing over half of the land on the island, as a part of a US National Park, vacationers may easily see why St. John remains a relatively underdeveloped destination. With gorgeous beaches, tropical hiking, world class diving, elegant dining and accommodations plus much more St. John provides those who travel there with marvelous memories.

Since St. John offers no airport, visitors to the island must arrive by boat (or helicopter perhaps). Most land by ferry at Cruz Bay, the largest town on the island of St. John. Many shops and restaurants may be reached by foot travel right from the dock, or visitors may hire a taxi to explore areas on other parts of the island. On the opposite side of St. John find the quiet town of Coral Bay. For the very fit, try the 8 Tuff Miles run from Cruz Bay to Coral Bay each February, the largest foot race in the Virgin Islands.

If you find yourself in the mood for a little change of scenery from St John a short ferry ride transports you to St. John's sister in the United States Virgin Islands, St. Thomas. If you have your passport and want to travel a bit further The British Virgin Islands of Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Jost Van Dyke, Anegada and many smaller lesser inhabited and uninhabited islands await you. Many travelers like to make this trip by sailboat instead of ferry. Sailboat charters either with or without a captain may fulfill this order.

For scuba divers or snorkelers who may be more interested in what lies under the water than sailing on top of it, St. John offers many opportunities. Some of the large National Park even extends to protected underwater habitats where you can enjoy tropical fish and coral in their pristine homes. Boats for licensed divers leave from Cruz Bay or other parts of St. John and those who just want to snorkel can charter an excursion or just start on one of the great beaches at St. John like Hawksnest Beach or Cinnamon Bay.

While those looking for inexpensive accommodations on St. John may opt for one of the island's camp grounds, most who travel to St. John take advantage of an upscale hotel or luxury villa. While some villas may cost no more than a hotel, at under $2000 per week, those wanting a plusher environment can find villas renting at over $30,000 per week. Many villas and condos specifically set themselves up as short term rentals and should be explored as options if you can afford them.

No matter if you spend your vacation lying on the sands of Truck Bay, known as one of the top beaches in the world, hiking through the national park, diving, sailing or any of the plentiful options available on St. John you surely will find yourself at the end of your trip wishing you could spend even more time on this beautiful island.

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