St. John Travel Guide

A Guide to your first time traveling to St. John

You’ve booked your St. John rental suite and you’re counting down the days – you’re on your way to come see us here at Island Abodes and you’re undoubtedly excited about your travel to St. John. However, if it’s your first time traveling to the U.S. Virgin Islands, then you probably have a few questions about what to expect during your stay with us here. Many people understandably are a little bit uncertain about what the lifestyle and culture is like, which is why we’ve assembled this handy guide for first timers to St. John.

You Won’t Need Your Passport (But You Will Want It!)

If you’re an American citizen, you don’t need your passport to come visit St. John. Because it is a U.S. territory, your goverment issued ID such as a driver’s license or state identification card should work just fine. That said, many people like to carry a passport with them for a couple reasons. For starters, it’s one of the best types of identification and will make getting on and off the island a breeze. And secondly, with the British Virgin Islands just a short jaunt away, including Soggy Dollar Bar on Jost Van Dyke and the Baths on Virgin Gorda, you’ll definitely need your passport if you decide to visit them.

The Currency is the Same

There’s no need to worry about changing your money when you visit St. John. Your dollars are still good here! Of course, it’s probably a good idea to make sure you carry enough cash on you while you’re here. ATM surcharges can add up quickly, and cash is always the preferred method of tips and the only way to pay for things like the taxi.

Be Sure to Drive on the Correct Side of the Road

Here on St. John, we drive on the left side of the road. It’s extremely important to remember this to avoid any unwanted fender benders. Your driver’s license is perfectly fine here, though. Always make sure to buckle up when behind the wheel (this goes for all passengers) to avoid a hefty ticket (and for safety!), and hang up your cell phone when you’re driving. While almost anything goes on St. John, talking and driving is against the law.

Speak the Language of the Locals

The official language of St. John is English, so you shouldn’t expect any communication barriers holding you back when you’re staying with us. However, the English you hear may be spoken with a Caribbean lilt. It’s good form to greet others warmly when out and about. Here’s a fun tip: locals don’t say “good evening.” They actually say “good night” when meeting someone after dark! Be sure to always greet with a “Good Morning”, “Good Afternoon” (after 12noon) or “Good Night” (after the sun has set). If you are unsure, say “Good Day”.

Visiting St. John can be an awesome experience for you and your family, so be sure to arrive with an open mind and a strong sense of adventure. To learn more about what it’s like here, please be sure to check out our FAQs. Or, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to us for an extended travel guide for St. John built just for you. We look forward to having you stay with us here at Island Abodes!


Things to book before you arrive on St. John

We are thrilled to offer you discounts with some Island Abodes partners.

It is important to have great snorkel gear while vacationing with us, so be sure to reserve yours today with St John Beach Bum and a promo code for a 10% discount is sent to you after booking.

We are also happy to offer you a discount on your power boat trip with Salty Daze Charters and Sunshine Daydream Charters.  More information is sent to you after booking. Morningstar Sailing offers 20% off for Island Abodes guests.

All discount info is emailed to you once you book with us.

We also recommend the following:

Jeep Rentals

Restaurants

Private in Villa Chef Services

Oasis Private Chefs

Mathayom Private Chefs

Powerboats- Private Charters

Salty Daze Charters  

Sunshine Daydream Charters

Palm Tree Charters

Beach Bum Charters 

Island Roots Charters

Ocean Runner  

Powerboats- Group Charters

Cruz Bay Watersports 

Bad Kitty 

Sail Boats

Morningstar Charters (BVI or US waters, also offers diving)

Cimarron (private or group charters, BVI or US, up to 12 passengers)

Kekoa (love this boat- Robert and Brittany got married on it)

Diving

Low Key Watersports (courses available)

Rentals and Adventure Trips

Arawak Adventures (kayak, paddleboard, flyfish, snorkel)

Snorkel Gear

Beach Bum

Just Beach

Fishing

Ocean Surfari  (sport fishing and sightseeing charters)

Just Fish

Salty Daze (they also offer a discount for Island Abodes guests)

Island Tours

News of St. John (private tours, 5 hours, you pick the places)

Star Fish Tours and Taxis (private tours, 2 1/2 or 4 hour tours, predetermined places)

Wedding/Event Planning

Island Style Weddings

Paradise Planning

In Villa Massage

Paradise Massage

Escape Massage and Body Works

VI Body Spa

St John VI Massage

Vacation Photographer

STJ Creative Photography 

Savanah Loftus Photography

Yelena Rogers Photography


Day Trips While on St. John

We are thrilled to offer you discounts with some Island Abodes partners.

It is important to have great snorkel gear while vacationing with us, so be sure to reserve yours today with St John Beach Bum and ask us for the promo code for a 10% discount.

We are also happy to offer you a 10% discount on your boat trip with Sunshine Daydream Charters.  Ask us how to get the discount before booking!

We also recommend the following day trips:

Powerboats

Palm Tree Charters (BVI or US waters, up to 12 passengers)

Born to Rhumb (BVI or US waters, up to 15 passengers)

Ocean Runner (BVI or US waters, up to 12 passengers)

Cruz Bay Watersports (private or group charters, BVI or US waters, sailing or powerboat options)

Sail Boats

Morningstar Charters (BVI or US waters, also offers diving)

Cimarron (private or group charters, BVI or US, up to 12 passengers)

Diving

Low Key Watersports (courses available)

Rentals and Adventure Trips

Arawak Adventures (kayak, paddleboard, flyfish, snorkel)

Fishing

Ocean Surfari  (sport fishing and sightseeing charters)

Island Tours

News of St. John (private tours, 5 hours, you pick the places)

Star Fish Tours and Taxis (private tours, 2 1/2 or 4 hour tours, predetermined places)