Going on vacation is a great way to leave the stress of being an adult behind for a while. Each year, 62 percent of the American population goes on a vacation away from home. Choosing a vacation destination should be your first concern when planning a trip.
If you are looking for a tropical paradise to visit, there is no better place than the St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Visiting this vacation destination will allow you to soak up some sun and enjoy lots of tourist attractions.
Here are some of the things you need to know before going on a trip to St. John in the United States Virgin Islands.
1. Be Sure to Bring Your Passport
While you won’t need a passport to get into the US Virgin Islands, you will need one if you want to venture into the British Virgin Islands. Most people want to go on an excursion to see the Baths of Virgin Gorda, or Soggy Dollar Bar on Jost Van Dyke, both of which are located in the BVIs.
Failing to bring along your passport will prohibit you from getting the most out of your vacation. The British Virgin Islands, including Jost Van Dyke, Tortola, Cooper Islands Necker Island, Norman Island, Anagada and more, are just a short boat ride away from St. John, which is why you need to make a point to visit them while on vacation. We are happy to help you plan your day trip to the BVI.
2. Do Your Homework Before Choosing a Vacation Rental
One of the most important decisions you will make when booking your trip to the US Virgin Islands is where you will stay. Luckily, there are a number of affordable vacation rentals in St. John. Before choosing a vacation rental, you need to look at a few different things.
The first factor to consider is whether you need a St. John vacation rental for a couple, or a villa for a family. Another major factor is of course the price of the rental in question. Location of the rental is also extremely important. Ideally, you want to choose a vacation rental with scenic views and a prime location. While you may have to pay a bit more for a premium Cruz Bay rental vs. a Coral Bay rental, it will be worth it. Remember everyone has to drive to the world class St. John beaches as they are protected by the National Park so no rentals are ON the beach.
3. Take It Easy On the First Day of Your Island Vacation
The main thing you need to focus on when arriving in the US Virgin Islands is pacing yourself. Some people get off of the plane and immediately head to the beach for a few drinks. Often times, this can lead to sunburn and/or dehydration. Plus to get to St. John, there are a few more steps after arriving to the airport including taxi, ferry and getting your rental jeep.
Taking the time to let your body acclimate to the change in temperature is crucial. Doing this will allow you to avoid problems during your vacation. Plus Island Abodes welcomes all guests with cold beer, drinking water and snacks on arrival.
4. Contact Your Cell Phone Service Provider
An adjustment for first-time visitors to the US Virgin Islands is the spotty cell phone service. Before you leave for your trip, contact your service provider to find out about the towers they have in this location. You will also need to get information on roaming charges and data overages. AT&T and Sprint work best. Learn more on our FAQ page.
Seeking Out Professional Help is a Good Idea
Planning a great vacation to the Virgin Islands can be a bit difficult. Working directly with the owner of your rental who has a deep knowledge of St. John can help you simplify this process and make your vacation more enjoyable.