St. John in the US Virgin Islands is ridiculously beautiful. For such a small island, the landscape is incredibly diverse. The north end has white sand beaches and turquoise waters while the southern end has pebble beaches and rocky cliffs. Development is out of control in many of the Caribbean islands, but luckily over 50% of St. John was handed over to the National Park Service in the 1950′s. Since then, the Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument was created to protect the fragile ecosystems under water as well. A trip to St. John wouldn’t be complete without a little (or a lot of) underwater exploration, just be careful to not damage any of the coral. It takes hundreds of years for coral to grow and only seconds to destroy it with a flipper!
Because this was a strictly a “vacation” trip for my husband and I, most of the camera gear stayed home. I can’t say it was easy looking at the beautiful landscapes without my proper gear (or at the proper time of day), but I was able to allow myself to be a tourist for the first time in a long time.
Our favorite spots were: Rams Head, Lamshur Bay, Annaberg Sugar Mill, Cinnamon Bay, and Maho Bay.
Our favorite snorkel spots were: Whistling Cay, Waterlemon Cay, and Haulover Bay.