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Top Travel Magazine Highlights St. John

Hawksnest Bay is one of my favorite beaches on St. John.

Hello everyone, and happy Thursday! A top travel magazine just highlighted St. John as a great place to visit, so I thought I would share that information with all of you! 🙂

Travel + Leisure posted an article yesterday that serves as a guide to visiting St. John. It’s a great little read that discusses the island’s natural beauty, culture, history, activities, and more.

Here’s a little bit of what Travel + Leisure had to say:

The U.S. Virgin Islands continually top lists highlighting the best islands and beaches in the Caribbean. The island group — which includes the three main islands of St. Thomas, St. Croix, and St. John, in addition to around 50 small islets and cays — is known for its white-sand beaches and healthy reef, the best of which are protected by Virgin Islands National Park on St. John.

The park sprawls across most of St. John, protecting unspoiled beaches edged by coral reefs, sea turtle breeding grounds, and hiking trails that meander through tropical forests. The park also preserves plantation sites and the ancient petroglyphs of the Indigenous Taino so guests can learn about the island’s history of colonialism and enslavement.

A journey through Virgin Islands National Park is both breathtakingly beautiful and culturally enlightening. Both aspects make the park a must-visit, especially for those looking to get out of their lounge chairs and off the beaten path.

The article mentions several St. John businesses including Jolly Dog, a great retail shop in Coral Bay, and Bajo el Sol Gallery & Art Bar in Mongoose Junction. It mentions Cinnamon Bay Campground and Lovango Resort & Beach Club among other great places to stay, and Lime Out and The Longboard as two great places to dine.

I was surprised to see Hawksnest Bay get a mention. Hawksnest is my go-to beach, and it rarely gets the love it deserves. Annaberg, Trunk Bay, and Reef Bay got a few mentions too – no surprises there. 🙂

I love when St. John receives the accolades it deserves. We are so lucky to call this amazing island home, and I am thankful that those of you reading probably love St. John as much as I do.

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