Only reachable by boat, and with just three resort hotels (the Westin St. John and Gallows Point Resort in Cruz Bay and the luxury Caneel Bay resort) and a smattering of small inns and private residences, St. John is a quiet island -- a contemplative counterpoint to neighboring St. Thomas. Eco-tourism is king here, but the enclaves of Cruz Bay and Coral Bay reveal a place of vibrant local art and artisans, along with dozens of open-air restaurants, cafés, and bistros.
A personal, friendly, and laid-back atmosphere is the hallmark of St. John, but there's also plenty to do, from sport-fishing and watersports, to horseback riding and archeological exploration. This island harkens back to the time when "getaway" meant "retreat," without the pull or pressure of an itinerary. It's the kind place you can unburden yourself guilt-free. That's a good thing.