St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands
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The quietest and most secluded of the three U.S. Virgin Islands, tiny St. John, originally settled by the Arawak and Carib Indians, is only nine miles long yet boasts impressive public beaches, each more glorious than the next. Affectionately referred to as the "Emerald of the Caribbean," St. John is a gorgeous tropical oasis with verdant rainforest landscapes, turquoise seas, and a tranquil atmosphere. The main town is Cruz Bay, a seaside enclave where great shopping meets impressive harbor views. Nature lovers will thrill to the spectacular beauty of Virgin Island National Park, a sanctuary that makes up two thirds of the island. It beckons you to explore the great outdoors by kayaking, snorkeling in Trunk Bay or along Honeymoon Beach, or hiking the miles of trails that showcase most of the island's natural resources. For a step back in time, discover the historic Annaberg ruins of the Danish sugar plantations or take in the fragrant beauty of colorful botanic gardens. Pristine and unspoiled with the added advantage of modern amenities, stylish restaurants and duty-free shopping, St. John offers a relaxing respite in unspoiled splendor.