This is post two in a three-part series of our adventures at Great Wolf Lodge in Concord, NC. The first post gave a long, detailed description of our weekend trip. Now I give you...
St. John for Travelers
The small island of St. John, located in the United States Virgin Islands, is known for its beautiful beaches, lush landscapes, and scenic views. The clear blue water accented by white sand beaches, combined with the decidedly relaxed attitude which permeates the island, make this an attractive option for the traveler visiting the Caribbean.
There is no public airport on the island. Since the only way to reach the island is by boat or ferry, the easiest way to reach the island is to fly into St. Thomas, and then take one of the ferries to the island. Once there, renting a car will provide the easiest means of getting around.
WHAT TO DO
One natural attraction not to be missed is the famous Trunk Bay. Renown as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, snorkelers love Trunk Bay, with its magnificent a coral reef which is accessible from the beach. Snorkeling opportunities abound here, as many of the reefs are right off shore. The island offers many opportunities for the adventurous at heart as well as those longing for rest and relaxation. Visitors to the island can visit historic sites such as the Annaberg Sugar Plantation Ruins, learn how to sail or paddle board, observe nesting leatherback sea turtles, or just catch a swim in the clear blue water. There are also over 20 miles of hiking trails available within the park.
The local seafood and conch fritters are a staple at many restaurants which feature Caribbean flavor profiles. Varieties of restaurants abound, however, and can range from a simple pizza parlor to a formal 7 course meal at one of the nearby resorts.
PLACES TO STAY
The range of accommodations on the island is suitable for every type of traveler. Since over half the island consists of the Virgin Island National Park, the beaches are not overcrowded with hotels. From roughing it as a camper at the national park to renting a villa, there is something for everyone here.
Shopping on the island is duty free, and there are many quirky shops scattered among the variety of restaurants. From diamond jewelry to local artwork, the shopping opportunities are endless. Within a few minutes’ walk of the ferry boats, it is easy to reach the major shopping areas. Authentic artisan products can be found at the shops at Mongoose Junction or Wharfside Village.