St John From Cabrita

Scott Attenborough

Surprise, United States

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I try to get out for a walk most days. As it happens, if you walk any distance at all on this island you run into water. Small islands are like that. Since we are in a chain of islands, when you get to the water, you usually see another island. For the most part one island kinda gets to look like another.

When you get to the end of Cabrita Point you can see St John. There are a bunch of other islands/cays in sight but the closest is St John.

St John is a bit more laid back than St Thomas. A bartender told us one time that St John is sometimes referred to as St Yawn and St Thomas, in comparison, is referred to as St Trauma. I’m not sure I agree. I would say that St John does have a different atmosphere. A more relaxed and beachy kind of feel to it.

Part of the reason for that St John remoteness is the Virgin Islands National Park takes up about 60% of the island. The National Park has probably kept real estate development somewhat under control I suspect. From all the homes, hotels and apartments that litter the part of the island that is not national park you wouldn’t think so. The most built up area by far is Cruz Bay.

Cruz Bay is where the ferry comes in from St Thomas. Vacationers coming to St John get deposited at the dock at regular intervals. If you can make it past the bars and the shops, there are some fabulous beaches on the island. Most of the beaches are a taxi ride away but I think they’re well worth it.

There’s not much to do on St John but dive, snorkel, shop, eat, drink and go to the beautiful beaches. Not necessarily in that order. Of course, what else would you really want to do on an island in the Caribbean.

I love to sit at the end of Cabrita Point and take in the view. This little drawing is of the south eastern end of St John from Cabrita Point.

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