• Ryan Matthews

Top 6 Things to Do in St. John

Updated: Jun 10


The pristine blue waters in St. John near a large rock

St. John may be the smallest Virgin Island, but don’t overlook it. St. John offers views you typically only see on postcards and computer wallpapers. Its sandy beaches are some of the best in the world and are loved by tourists year-round.


With so much to do, it can be hard to narrow down your vacation plans. Here are some of our best tips for things to do in St. John USVI:


1. Snorkel with Sea Turtles

Make some friends with the native marine life at the famous Caneel Bay. Kayak, hike, and snorkel with sea turtles. Caneel Bay also offers tours of the bay to help you explore our important marine ecosystems.


2. Virgin Islands National Park

It’s hard to go to St. John without visiting the Virgin Islands National Park because the park covers over half of the island! You’ll find the picturesque white, sandy beaches, bright-blue waters, and coves that the island famously offers as well as Carib Indian relics and the remains of colonial sugar plantations. The park does not charge admission fees but does accept donations.


3. Reef Bay Valley

Learn about the island’s early history at the Reef Bay Valley in the Virgin Islands National Park—one of the most interesting things to do in St. John. You’ll have a chance to see St. John’s rich history firsthand. In the heart of the park, you can find ancient petroglyphs as old as possibly 500 AD. These Taino rock carvings have been studied for decades. The hike to get to the petroglyphs could be considered arduous, but you are rewarded with a 40-foot waterfall and a freshwater pool at the end of the trail.


4. St. John Brewers

If you’re craving a laid-back moment in the A/C after your time in the sun, make sure you check out St. John Brewers for local craft beers and artisan sodas, with everything made on-site. Not only will you get to enjoy their refreshing drinks in The Tap Room, but you can stay for your meal and check out their gift shop on the way out.


5. Honeymoon Beach

While beautiful beaches are abundant on St. John, Honeymoon Beach is a little more secluded because it can only be reached through a one-mile hike. The hike is not only worth it for the seclusion but for all the amenities the beach provides. You can rent equipment like paddleboards, beach chairs, pool floats, etc. Make sure to stop by the Bikinis on the Beach Bar & Grill right on the sand, too. If you are looking to spend significant time here, a Honeymoon Beach day pass is both a rewarding and smart thing to do in St. John.



Shadow of a palm tree on a beach with crystal-blue waters

6. On the Sea Charters




Whether you’re in the Virgin Islands for an intimate getaway or a full-size family vacation, a private St. John boat charter is a tourist-favorite thing to do. On the Sea Charters gives you an immersive experience of the Caribbean that can’t be matched.


Experienced captains will guide your trip and you’ll get a local’s view of the pristine waters and best spots on St. John that are challenging to find on your own. On the Sea Charters can cater to small couples trips or large family excursions as well as full or half days. We’re located right on St. John, making it convenient for you to explore the island and beyond!


If you want to make the most of your time on St. John, book with On the Sea Charters for a customizable experience and make your vacation unforgettable.

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