5 Things to Do With Your Family on Your St. John Vacation

By Karla Jones


The pictures of the beaches in St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands are spectacular. If you wanted a place to honeymoon, this would definitely be the place. But what if you want a fun-filled luxury vacation for your children and grandchildren? Take a look at these five amazing things to do with your family while on vacation in St. John.

Sailing & Powerboat Charters

Several charter boat companies dot the coast. Take your family out on the water to experience the beauty of the coast. Dip into quiet coves, play in the open water, and even snorkel while out on excursion. Half day and full day options are available, and many companies include amenities such as lunch, snorkel gear, and water toys. Catania Yacht Charters can accommodate groups of six, while Scubado can handle groups of 12. If you want something unique, check out Caribbean Blue Boat Charters and cruise the waters while listening to Jimmy Buffet, Reggae, or whatever you like.

Dazzling Beaches

St. John is known for it's beaches. Watermelon Cay, Salomon Beach, and Trunk Bay are just a few. Cinnamon Bay may be the most well known because of all it offers. Enjoy the white-sand beach and rent gear like snorkels, sail boards, and sea kayaks to get into the water. For calmer waters and a place to slow down and enjoy a bit of peace and quiet, consider Honeymoon Beach, Maho Bay, and Salt Pond Bay which has a trail that leads to an actual salt pond.

Hiking, Biking, and Horseback Riding

Much of St. John is part of a National Park full of trails and opportunities to explore further inland. When you need a break from the beach or just want to be more active, hiking and biking will let you see more of the island. You can also go horseback riding and enjoy the countryside in a different way by contacting Carolina Corral. Find hiking trails at the VI National Park website. If you're pressed for time, consider using the St. John Concierge Service to book all of your family adventures during your stay. 


St. John boasts 500 species of fish, 40 types of coral, and abundant sea life such as octopuses, sea horses, and turtles, just to name a few. Thanks to local divers, you can get up close and personal with a world under the sea. Some of the local diving favorites include Eagle Shoals, Carvel Rock, and Tektote. Each have something different to offer, but all will give you and your family the experience of a lifetime.

Local History

St. John and all of the Virgin Islands were once known for their sugar, molasses, and rum production. Ruins still exist for those who enjoy learning local history. The Annaburg Sugar Plantation Ruins date back to 1780 and give visitors the opportunities to see where goods were produced. While hiking the National Park, you may come across the Reef Bay Trail and Petroglyphs, which allows you to see the remains of four sugar estates as well as ancient petroglyph rock carvings.

There is much more than beach-walking and sunning to be done in St. John on the U.S. Virgin Islands. Activities abound for the entire family. You'll be able to relax knowing that fun awaits you on your luxury family vacation.

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