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Featuring luxurious accommodations with views of Cruz Bay Harbour and the Caribbean Sea, Gallows Point Resort has an outdoor swimming pool and a restaurant. The grounds were beautifully kept, the views from the room, restaurant, and pool area were magnificent, the location was a short walk from many restaurants and shops, the service was prompt and the staff was super friendly and helpful!
St. John is a US territory, safe, beautiful beaches, nice selection of restaurants, no pressure shopping, etc. If you stay around Cruz Bay, you can get by without a rental car. There are plenty of open air taxis to take you to most of the North shore beaches (Hawksnest, Jumby, Honeymoon, Trunk Bay, Maho Bay). For 6-7 dollars each way pp. A rental Jeep runs 80-90 dollars/day and you have to have somewhere to park it at night. If you like a warm, relaxing vacation of beach, snorkeling, and eating out, St John is a great option !
We were happy to see more visitors this year. Last year - post-hurricane - it was sad that more people did not come because the recovery and cleanup crews and volunteers did a really remarkable job making the beautiful beaches at Trunk Bay, Cinnamon, etc., visitor ready. Yes, there was a tremendous amount of rubble, but that was all moved back and paths were cleared so people could get to the beaches. This year, the cleanup up had made even more progress, and the people are as welcoming and easy going as ever despite what they've been through. We ate at some of our favoirite haunts: Margarita Phil's, Morgan's Mango, Aqua Bistro, etc., and still miss others like Shipwreck Landing that didn't make it. We were combing our mostly leisure time with a tiny bit of business and, were rewarded by being able to see students from the Gift Hill School doing their ballroom dancing, and greeting a visiting Young Adult author to speak. In town, that hurricane makes one think about how grateful we all should be for volunteers who are continuing to work on the cleanup, for all who step up.
All the National Park areas are fascinating, and it's great to get close to nature without disturbing it much, thanks to the hiking trails and protected waters. We just saw a small portion of the island and surrounding sea, but appreciate the easygoing calm atmosphere and culture. So nice to drop in on several beaches or other points of interest without paying separate admissions or keeping certain hours, no need to plan ahead. Really good food everywhere too, even late at night.
The first time I stayed in St Thomas but spent most of my time in St John so this time I decided to stay in St. John. I would stay near Cruz Bay and not on the east side. During the busy time you need to plan ahead if you want to rent a Jeep. Also a lot of the restaurants fill up quickly so you should also make reservations ahead of time.
Most beautiful beaches, take a boat trip with Cruz Bay sports! They were very professional and offered a great snorkeling experience! We recommend cinnamon bay, trunk bay and maho bay (turtles here) Westin Resort was top notch!
It is a beautiful island with a wide range of potential activities, from hiking to snorkeling to sight seeing or just relaxing. Restaurants and bars in Cruz Bay are great and most are very affordable. Our favorite was The Longboard. The north side of the island is the most scenic. You can get to Cruz Bay easily from St. Thomas by ferry but a rental car is the best option if you want to see the rest of St. John. Our favorite spots were probably Cinnamon Bay and Trunk Bay.
The grounds were beautifully kept, the views from the room, restaurant, and pool area were magnificent, the location was a short walk from many restaurants and shops, the service was prompt and the staff was super friendly and helpful!
Breakfast was good and the location was excellent.