Conch Blower on St. John

Conch blower on St. John; credit USVI Tourism

St. John Travel Tips

St. John Facts

Official Language: English
Currency: US Dollar
Time Zone: Atlantic Standard Time
Est. Population: 5,000
Cruise Port City: Cruz Bay

Travel Tips

The island’s tropical climate averages 83 degrees year round. During the summer, temperatures can increase to 95 degrees. As a result, the “dress code” is always “island casual.” Anytime is a great time of the year to travel here, however, to avoid crowds and high prices, June to November is off-season. The rainier season starts in September and ends in October. But since the island has a tropical climate, brief showers can come at any time.

Hurricane season is from June to November.

You can make phone calls at stations in Cruz Bay. Get a local phone card for the best rates. Some U.S. cell phone companies allow calls from St. John to the U.S. at the normal U.S. long distance rates. Check with your cell phone company to confirm their policy.

Passports are not necessary for U.S. citizens, only the usual government issued IDs, eventually becoming all Real ID.

Two thirds of the island is a U.S. National Park, so visit this island for great Eco-Travel experiences.

Most stores are open 9am-5pm (Monday-Saturday).

You should drink bottled water when available.

Bring sunglasses, a hat and plenty of reef-friendly sunscreen lotion.

Electricity is the same as the mainland U.S.

The major holidays in St. John are New Year’s Day, Three Kings Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, President’s Day, Transfer Day, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Monday, Memorial Day, Organic Act Day, Emancipation Day, U.S. Independence Day, Hurricane Supplication Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Virgin Islands Thanksgiving Day, Liberty Day, Veterans Day, U.S. Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, Boxing Day.

The crime rate here is less than any major metropolitan city, but visitors should use common sense when out and about.

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