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Beyond Ordinary: Take to the Sea or the Sky for Island Sightseeing in St. John

By Karla Jones

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When you visit St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands, you'll want to take advantage of the many unique ways to experience nature "up close and personal."

Booking a day-long eco-adventure tour will give you a chance to hike the land, paddle around areas inhabited by sea turtles and sting rays, and explore various reefs as well as fascinating mangroves. You can customize such tours to focus on your particular interests and include hiking and beach time as a concession to children or grandchildren, if you wish. 

Another way to explore the land is by car. Rent a jeep for an open-air ride through the national park. Explore ancient sugar mills, look for the wild donkeys, examine specimen trees, vines, frogs and birds, and enjoy a picnic lunch at the far end of the island after looking around the nearly deserted Catherineberg Ruins.

Take to the water for a day sail, and find a secluded spot for a picnic or enjoy a gourmet lunch on board after a swim in the crystal clear water. As an alternative, board a charter motor yacht for a quick trip to the Baths of Virgin Gorda in the BVI. Stop for lunch at the Fat Virgin Cafe that's only accessible by boat, and you'll not only have fun, but you'll surely have many stories to tell. 

One of the more exciting possibilities is to take to the skies for a bit of aerial photography over the islands. Caribbean Buzz Helicopters, based in St. Thomas, will help you design an adventure that includes your personal fantasies. Combine the chopper ride with lunch on a nearby island, a fat sand bike ride and snorkeling on Anegada, shopping in St. Thomas or a day of pampering at your favorite island resort spa. 

If you can dream it, chances are it can become a reality for you and your guests on St. John. Of course, you'll be living the dream with your own vacation residence as home base. Your luxury four-bedroom, four-bath villa is only one of your vacation options when you invest in Lifestyle Asset Group's innovative equity ownership model. For less than the cost of a single second home, you gain worry-free, unlimited access to properties in six different locations. Make your investment decision based on financial value and long-term benefits; but make your vacation plans in accordance with your dreams.

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Topics: St. John USVI, LifestyleOne, Adventures