St. John is the smallest and most pristine of the US Virgin Islands, encompassing less than 20 square miles of lushly forested mountains and world-famous white sand beaches. Two thirds of the island and certain offshore waters are designated as Virgin Islands National Park (VINP) ensuring our island's preservation. (7,890 acres of land, 5,650 submerged acres off shore, plus approx. 13,000 acres submerged off shore as "Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument.")

Some Interesting Facts About St. John:

Size: St. John is approximately 19 Sq. Miles (roughly 9 mi. long x 2 mi. wide)

Location: Coordinates: 18.2N 64.5 W, 1075 mi. East/Southeast of Miami, 50 mi. East of Puerto Rico, 3 mi. East of St. Thomas; north is Atlantic Ocean and south is Caribbean Sea.

Highest Elevation: Bordeaux Mountain 1277'

Population 2000 Census: St. John : 4,200 (compared to St. Thomas: 48,166)

Climate: Winter temperatures: 77° - 84° F | Summer temperatures: 82° - 90° F

Average Rain Fall: 43" Sept-Nov & May-June. Do keep in mind that the rainfall is our only source of household water on this island, and that water conservation is of utmost importance!

Airport: There are no airports on St. John , but Cyril E. King Airport on St. Thomas has direct flights from the U.S. (NO passport required for US Citizens!) Visitors to St. John fly into St. Thomas , take a taxi to one of the two ferry docks, and then transfer to St. John via large ferryboats. The Red Hook ferry takes about 20 minutes to reach St. John , and the Charlotte Amalie (downtown) ferry takes about 45 minutes.

Public Transportation: VITRAN offers bus transportation from Cruz Bay to Coral Bay on a regular schedule many times a day for $1 one way. These busses do NOT run on the North Shore road. Transportation to North Shore beaches is via car or Taxi.

Transportation Between Islands: Passenger ferries run every hour on the hour between St. John and St. Thomas. There are also daily ferries between St. John and Tortola, BVI and ferries (with limited schedules) between St. Thomas and either St. Croix or San Juan .

What Time Is It? The Caribbean is Atlantic Standard Time, one hour later than Eastern Time (Eastern US Coastline). When Daylight Savings Time goes into effect in the States (April - October), we are the same time as the East Coast's Eastern Daylight Time.

Banking: There are few banks on St. John. Scotia Bank and First Bank both have ATM machines, as do Starfish Market and Lily's Market. Also note: many retailers require that you show photo ID (license) when using a credit card; be sure to carry both!

Food for Thought: There are several grocery stores in or near Cruz Bay and three smaller grocery stores in Coral Bay. Grocery prices are approximately 25% higher here than in the Washington DC area. Numerous restaurants, retail shops, tour services and other amenities are located in the Cruz Bay area. At the opposite end of the island, Coral Bay is much more laid back, yet offers many of these same services and amenities and some outstanding dining without the “hubbub” of Town.

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