Q + A

Here are some answers to the most common questions by visitors to St John.

Do I need a passport to visit St John, US Virgin Islands?

The US Virgin Islands are a US Territory. As such, you are not required to carry your passport to enter or exit the Territory. The USVI Dept of Tourism uses the “No passport required” theme in much of their TV, online and print advertising. However, this travel writer suggests that you DO carry your passport when traveling in the Virgin Islands. (1) It makes the airport portion of your tavel much faster. From check-in to TSA screening, they’ll all prefer your passport over a driver’s license. (2) If you decide to visit any of the British Virgin Islands (BVIs) then you’ll need a passport.

What side of the road do you drive on?

On St John we drive on the left side of the road ( the driver’s side is also on the left – just like in the US). Take it slow and remember, to look both ways! CAUTION: Vehicles often stop in the road to chat with pedestrians. You may encounter goats, sheep or donkeys in the road! And listen for the honking of truck horns – as this tells other vehicles that a large truck or bus will be going wide on the corner and you’ll need to make room!

Greetings?

On St John it is rude to start a question or conversation without first greeting the person with “Good morning”, “Good afternoon” or “Good evening”.

Can I drink the water on St John?

On St John most homes collect rain water from their roof and store it in a concrete cistern. As you might imagine, plenty of things get into the cistern with the rain water. So, unless your rental villa has a proper filtration system in place – we recommend drinking bottled water available at most grocery stores in gallon jugs.

Is there crime on St John?

This is one of the more popular questions. And I wish the answer was simple. But it’s not. So here goes … St John has the lowest crime rate ( by far ) of the US Virgin Islands. Most crimes are petty theft or burglary. Most often it is money, consumer electronics, iPhones/iPads, cameras and jewelry that are the targets. OUR ADVISE: Follow a few simple rules and you’ll decrease your chances of being a victim while on vacation. (1) Do not buy drugs! (2) Leave valuables at home. (3) DO NOT leave valuables in your rental vehicle or unattended at the beach. (4) Never go out alone at night. Buddy up and have fun. (5) If possible, leave valuables in your villa’s safe when not in use. (6) Use common sense. Paradise is like anyplace else … use caution and don’t take needless chances!

Weather? Reports say it's going to rain every day!

Like most tropical destinations St John’s weather is variable. You can have rain on one side of the island while the other side is dry and sunny. That said, historically the wettest months are September, October and November.  Avg winter temperature is high 79F and a low of 72F. Average summer temp is 85F/76F. Historically, August and September have the most hurricanes.

Are there nude beaches on St John?

Officially, no. Most West Indians are modest people; and strongly frown on public displays of nudity ( even topless …). The National Park strictly forbids it on Park beaches.

Will my cell phone work on St John?

Check with your service provider to confirm that they service the Virgin Islands ..and that you won’t incur any roaming charges! Most carriers provide good signal in and around Cruz Bay. Signal on the Coral Bay side and south to Salt Pond/Lameshur can be weak to non-existent depending on your provider. Be aware that in and around Coral Bay you may inadvertently pick up the tower on Tortola (BVI) – and could incur international roaming charges!