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Location Location: St John, US Virgin Islands

by Marquette Turner

in Features, Lifestyle, Location, Travel, Variety

St John is an island in the Caribbean Sea and a district of the United States Virgin Islands, an unincorporated territory of the United States.

Located about 4 miles east of Saint Thomas, the location of the territory’s capital, Charlotte Amalie, and the smallest of the three main islands in the U.S. Virgin Islands, it is only 9 miles long and 5 miles wide. It’s actual land area is 19 square miles of which the Virgin Islands National Park holds 12.3 square miles of land between the main port of entry Cruz Bay and Coral Bay on the east end of the island. With an additional 5,650 V.I. National Park acres sub-merged offshore and another 13,000 plus acres which form the Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument, St. John is truly an Island Paradise.

The climate averages between winter temperatures of 77 to 84 degrees and summer temperatures of 82 to 90 degrees (Fahrenheit) and are kept balmy year round with the wonderful easterly trade winds. The average rainfall is 43 inches each year with the greatest rainfall occurring during September-October and May-June. Overall, the weather is fantastic year round but hurricanes have visited St. John in the past and may do so again in the future.

With an island wide population of approximately 4,200 people (Population Census 2000), the greatest numbers of St. Johnians reside on the south and west side of the island, closest to the town of Cruz Bay. As the island continues to develop many areas are opening up on the east side of St. John and in the surrounding areas of Coral Bay and East end.

Some of the most beautiful beaches are found on our north shore and can be reached via the North Shore Road just past Mongoose Junction in Cruz Bay. You can hike, drive, or take a taxi to any one of these beaches…Honeymoon, Caneel, Hawksnest, Trunk, Cinnamon, Maho, just to name a few.

Although the island might seem remote at first glance, it is very much wired into today’s world of technology and can easily connect via phone, fax, internet access (DSL and wireless), U.S. mail, Fed. Ex., DHL with the ability to ship from anywhere just about anything you might need on St. John. And, with many websites available you´ll be able to connect with information about our island real estate, arts, history, geography, economics, culture and more.

St. John is a wonderful location for anyone wanting to move or invest for the future. The fact that it is a Territory of the United States, have two-thirds of the island under the National Park system, are easily accessed from anywhere in the world, and not to forget the boating and beaches and fantastic weather make St. John a superb investment and a wonderful place to live!  Debbie Hayes

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