World Travel Wednesday: St. John, USVI

I’m still working on finding all my photos from some of my great trips, so today I’m going to tell you about another place that I came thisclose to working at for the summer a few years ago, until I decided to go to South America instead. I’m still going to go here sometime, though.


St. John is the smallest and least inhabited of the three US Virgin Islands. (The others are St. Thomas and St. Croix.) It doesn’t have an airport or a cruise ship terminal. You have to take a ferry over from St. Thomas. Two-thirds of the island is protected National Park land, along with about 5,000 acres of coral reef.



No matter what your budget is, or your taste in accomodations, there’s something for everyone on this island. Primitive tent camping on the beach from $30 a night. Ultra-luxe resorts with $8,000 a night cottages. An eco-resort with facilities on two different sides of the island.


That’s where I want to go. I was accepted to do a work-exchange program at Maho one summer, and as I mentioned my travel plans changed. I’m a huge fan of places where there are more trees than people and more protected environment than unprotected. Maho has four different types of lodging, so you can vacation fairly primitively in a fabric-walled tent cabin or in a studio apartment type setting if you are not into roughing it. As for me, camping with framed walls (and an actual mattress) sounds just about right.





1 Comment

  1. julesmono said,

    January 14, 2009 at 7:02 am

    If you want to stay at a beautiful island, why not Cumberland Island National Seashore? You can take a kayak trip with all of your camping gear. Check out They have a great slide show.

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