You'll experience a tropical paradise, that's still technically in the United States, when you vacation in St. John. The Virgin Islands National Park is considered the heart of St. John since it encompasses roughly two-thirds of the island.
While Trunk Bay, a prime snorkeling spot, attracts plenty of visitors annually, you'll still find plenty of virtually pristine greenery on the island. Most of the go-to beaches and lodging options are found along North Shore Road, with Denis Bay and Little Cinnamon offering more privacy.
Most people get to St. John by arriving at Cyril E. King Airport (STT) in St. Thomas, before taking a ferry to Cruz Bay. Should you rent a car, be prepared to drive "British style," meaning on the left. For a day trip from the island, consider taking a safari bus to nearby Hiking Reef Bay, after which a boat will bring you back. Stop at the U.S. Park Service first to pick up a handy map of island hiking trails.
If retail therapy is on your agenda, make your way to Cruz Bay, known for its shops and outdoor cafes. As for the weather, St. John has a tropical climate with a low humidity, along with steady temperatures year-round. Annual high temperatures rarely dip below 70 degrees or above 90.