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Extraordinary Places: St. John

Just 20 square miles, St. John is the smallest of the United States Virgin Islands, with two-thirds of the island set aside as national parkland. Within this ideal location, you’ll be at the perfect vantage point to experience a rich variety of activities, from day sails to snorkeling, fine dining and much more. Experience extraordinary St. John.

STAY

  • The Westin St. John Resort and Villas
    The Westin St. John Resort & Villas

    The Westin St. John Resort & Villas
    Amid active days exploring St. John’s pristine beaches, you’ll revel in coming back to your spacious one-, two- or three-bedroom villa or townhouse. Stretch out on a chaise lounge chair by the pool, where you can fill each relaxing hour with as much or as little action as you want.

    Your stylish sanctuary offers many of the key amenities of home, with signature Westin touches. Complementing picturesque ocean views from private balconies on split-floor plans, each villa includes such luxurious comforts as a king-sized Westin Heavenly Bed®, whirlpool tub, full-sized kitchen appliances, flat-panel TVs and a washer and dryer. Some villas also include expansive courtyards, private pools and distinctive marble flooring.

    Make your vacation a real vacation with supervised, super-fun activities for children available day or night at the Westin Kids Club®. They’ll embark on their own vacation of discovery, starting with their own adventure pack, through playful hours of beach exploration, seashell hunts and of course, plenty of pool and playground time.


EAT

  • Beach Café & Bar
    Beach Café & Bar

    Beach Café & Bar
    Overlooking beautiful Great Cruz Bay for outstanding sunset views, the resort’s casual café offers a bountiful daily buffet breakfast. It’s also an island favorite for dinner, with a fun bar and plenty of space for entertaining families and groups.

  • Cruz Bay Prime Restaurant
    St. John’s newest steak and seafood restaurant features prime, grass-fed steaks and domestic lamb, as well as local sustainable lobster and seafood. On Fridays and Saturdays this is the spot to relax and unwind with great food, cocktails and uplifting live music. For an ultra romantic experience, arrange for a dinner for two on the beach. Reservations are recommended. Please call 340 693 8000 extension 1862.
  • Vie’s Snack Shack
    St. John is home to a variety of delicious restaurants, from Caribbean specialties to Continental fare. But for an authentic island treat, look for food stalls on beaches selling everything from johnnycakes, fried fish, conch fritters and more. One of the more popular spots is Vie’s Snack Shack on Hansen Bay where she serves up her famous homemade pineapple or coconut tarts. Closed Sundays and Mondays. Hours vary based on season, so call before you go at 340 693 5033.


SEE

  • Virgin Islands National Park
    Virgin Islands National Park

    Virgin Islands National Park
    A sprawling sanctuary of exquisite natural beauty, the paradisial park includes 7,000 acres of unspoiled beaches and verdant, hilly inlands, as well as miles of submerged protected lands abounding in coral gardens, marine life and seascapes. Covering a majority of St. John, Virgin Islands National Park ensures the island’s status as an exceptionally well-preserved escape.

  • White sand beach at Great Cruz Bay
    Just steps from the resort’s pool lies the white-sand beach and yacht-anchored harbor of scenic Great Cruz Bay. Feel the soft powdery sands at your feet walking onto the 1,200-foot stretch of prime Caribbean beachfront before wading into welcoming turquoise waters.
  • Coral World Ocean Park
    For a truly unique “underwater” experience, take the ferry to St. Thomas and visit this park, where you get up close to the beauty of the ocean without even going underwater. The day admission ticket includes a variety of exhibits including the Undersea Observatory Tower, Marine Gardens, Touch Pool, Caribbean Reef Encounter, Shark Shallows, Stingray Lagoon, Turtle Pool and Critter Corners. If you’re looking for something a little more adventurous, Coral World offers activities like the Sea Lion Encounter and Sea Trek®, an underwater helmet diving trek on the ocean floor.


DO

  • Mongoose Junction
    Mongoose Junction

    Mongoose Junction
    Just a mile away from The Westin St. John Resort & Villas, this popular shopping and dining destination is a beautiful complex crafted to reflect the 18th century Danish sugar mills that still dot the island. Explore the boutiques for unique souvenirs, visit the art galleries for local treasures, dine on fresh island treats at any of the restaurants and refresh with a delicious cocktail at the bars.

  • Snorkeling
    A bounty of adventures await in St. John, but snorkeling offers an invigorating look into the world of exotic reefs and colorful sea life. Popular snorkeling spots include Cinnamon Bay, Flanagan’s Cay and Trunk Bay. Catamaran and private charters to visit the neighboring islands can be arranged with the resort’s Vacation Services Desk.
  • Mahogany Run
    Carved on a mountaintop along St. Thomas’ nearby north shore, just a short ferry and taxi away, the Fazio-designed Mahogany Run Golf Course is one of the Caribbean’s top courses, inspiring players of all skill levels to play at their peak, with holes edging dramatic cliffs and the culminating Devil’s Triangle of oceanside challenges.

To arrange these and any other activities or reservations while staying on St. John, please call 340 693 8000 and ask for the Vacation Services Desk at extension 3550.