Though it is the smallest of the three main U.S Virgin Islands, St. John's unspoiled beauty is perhaps the greatest found anywhere in the Caribbean. The natural beauty of St. John offers visitors pristine splendor amidst modern luxuries and quaint island charm.
Originally settled by the Arawak and Carib Indians, the island has a history as rich as its landscape. The United States purchased St. John from the Danish West India and Guinea Company in 1917. In 1956, Laurance Rockefeller and other private donors donated over 5,000 acres of the island to the National Park Service.
With two-thirds of the island designated as a national park, St. John has some of the world's most beautiful beaches, like the much-beloved Trunk Bay. This beach is renowned for its crystal sands and underwater nature trail, and it just one of the many memorable beaches on St. John.
Most visitors and locals will agree that when it comes to beaches on St. John a 'good to best' scale just would not do. The scale for describing St. John's beaches is 'Great', 'Greater' and 'It's a secret so I am not telling anyone'. All beaches on St. John are open to the public. Beachfront property however, in many cases is private and a few popular beaches have hotels nearby. Respect private property when accessing beaches. It is illegal to collect shells from beaches in the Virgin Islands; shells are confiscated at airport customs.
St. John is a hilly island of volcanic origin covering about 19 square miles with a population of 4,170 (2010 census). At its widest points, St. John is about 13.5 miles long and about 6 miles wide. The highest elevation is 1,277 feet at Bordeaux Mountain.
Weather on St. John ranges from beautiful to excellent, with near-ideal temperatures and gentle Tradewind breezes. Rainfall averages about 43 inches per year. Winter temperatures range from about 77 to 84 degrees and summer temperatures range from about 82 to 90 degrees.
We have a perfect villa for every group. At Sol Villas, you'll find villas with beach access, lovely homes with enchanting cliffside ocean views, modern amenities and a full-service experience catered by long-time St. John residents who are ready to create a great vacation for you and your fellow travelers!
We have literally dozens of beaches on St John! From the soft, white sands on the north shore, to the more secluded rocky beaches on the south shore, there is something for everyone!
From Five-Star dining to local watering holes to casual kid-friendly venues, St. John has a wide-array of eclectic dining options for all travelers! As our guest, you'll receive an extensive list in your guidebook, but click below for a lovely preview of what's in store!
The nightlife on St. John tends to be more low-key., but there are several bars around the island. Cruz Bay is home to several entertaining spots. It is not unusual in Cruz Bay to find people gathered in front of a small bar, sitting almost on the road drinking, talking, and having a great time.
St. John is home to the Virgin Islands National Park and hiking is one of the most popular activities for visitors and residents alike! More than twenty trails lead the adventurous explorer through the woods to historic ruins, petroglyphs, secluded beaches and more! Pick up a copy of Off the Beaten Track before you visit to find out what you want to explore!
YES! We have a non-profit run recycling program on St. John! Island Green Living keeps plastic and aluminum out of our islands' landfills. You can recycle #1, #2 and #5 plastic and aluminum cans in any of our villas.
Friends of Virgin Islands National Park offers a multitude of guided hikes and other activities that are designed to educate, inform and engage our guests with the natural and cultural resources here on St. John. Click below to find out what's happening while you are visiting us!