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Caneel Bay Resort
P.O. Box 720 St. John,
With over half of the island preserved under the national park system, St. John is the least commercial of the three USVI islands. In the shade of sea grape trees and coconut palms, its white sands conjure the perfect setting for Caribbean destination weddings, resort honeymoons, family gatherings and unforgettable vacations.
Local Currency: U.S. Dollar
Immigration & Customs: United States citizens traveling to the USVI are not required to have a passport. An original copy of one’s birth certificate and photo ID are sufficient for admittance. Non U.S. natives must have a valid passport.
Time Zone: AST
Explore one of the Caribbean’s most photographed beaches, featuring a self-guided underwater snorkeling tour, just a moment’s drive from the resort.
Made of Danish stone, coral and brick, the ruins of this 1780 sugar mill have been gloriously restored. Today, it stands as one of the island’s best-preserved models of its cultural past during the post-emancipation era. Take a self-guided tour and learn about the sugar and rum distilling process as well as other interesting facts about this time-honored location.
The Moravian Missionaries arrived on St. John and built their first church at Bethany in 1749. The original church was destroyed by a hurricane in 1793. Take a short drive up Centerline Road from Cruz Bay to Estate Bethany. There, behind the present Bethany Moravian Church, you'll see the remains of the large Dutch ovens used by the Missionaries to bake bread for their congregation.
The Emmaus Moravian Church in Coral Bay was built in 1919 on the site of two earlier churches, one destroyed by hurricane and one by fire. The Coral Bay Mission was first established in 1782.
Embark on a shopping adventure and discover the quaint locales around Cruz Bay by foot, or explore Caribbean specialty shops at Mongoose Junction, Wharfside Village and Lemon Tree Mall. A ferry ride to St. Thomas is your gateway to endless shopping options from designer shops to bargain vendors and beyond.
Over half of the stunning, unspoiled refuge that is the island of St. John was brought under the U.S. National Park system in the 1950s. Jackson Hole Preserve, Inc., a non-profit, conservation-oriented organization founded and supported by the Rockefeller family, purchased and then donated over 5,000 acres of the island to the U.S. federal government for the creation of a national park in 1956. Since that time, the park has remained a blissful retreat in which wildlife, natural wonders and timeless historic sites are preserved and able to thrive for all who come to St. John. On the island, you’ll find over 20 hiking trails, some meticulously maintained, others well-traveled or secluded. The Reef Bay Trail is St. John’s most well known, and the National Park Service guides tours down its shady, 2.5-mile pathways. During the trek, you will spot ruins of four sugar estates, unique wildlife and Arawak Indian petroglyphs.