Island Information You Will Want To Know

  • Greetings: It is customary to greet everyone with good morning, good afternoon, good day or good night.
  • Driving: We drive on the left, have no stop lights, and maximum speed limit is 20mph.
  • Currency: Our currency is the US dollar.
  • Language: We are an English-speaking island, but with a Caribbean lilt. You may also hear Patois, a mix of English, French and Spanish.
  • Virgin Islands National Park: Two-thirds of St. John is National Park. Much of it was donated by Laurence Rockefeller in the 1950s.
  • Beaches: St. John’s North Shore has the best beaches…some of the best in the world! Salomon is the closest National Park beach to Island Abodes…it’s a 10-minute hike from the National Park Visitor’s Center. Hawksnest Beach, which has parking, is roughly 10 minutes by car (traveling at the 20mph speed limit). Trunk Bay, which is consistently ranked one of the top beaches in the world, is roughly 15 minutes (20 mph) from all our properties.
  • Hiking Trails: We have more than two dozen hiking trails throughout the island.
  • Restaurants: We have numerous restaurants ranging from casual to very upscale.
  • Gas Stations: St. John has only two gas stations and both are within a quarter mile of each other in Cruz Bay.
  • Grocery Stores: We have three main grocery stores in Cruz Bay. Starfish Market at the Marketplace has the largest selection. Dolphin Market at the roundabout and St. John Market across the street from the Westin are also good choices.
  • Water: There is no fresh water source on St. John, so water is very precious here. Most the island homes catch water from the sky. Here in the land of sun and fun, we never flush for number one. We also don’t let the water run while showering, brushing teeth or washing hands.
  • Power: Electric power is generated on St. Thomas and brought to St. John by underwater cables. It’s around 5 times more expensive than power on the mainland! Please help us conserve by turning off lights and never letting the AC run when you’re not home.
  • Modesty: It is considered rude to be in public (other than on a beach) in a swimsuit. Men must wear shirts at all times unless on a beach. If women are in swimsuits, they should have a cover-up on when in public.
  • BVIs: Day trips to the British Virgin Islands are very fun island/bar hopping days. Guests will need a passport for these trips. A passport is not necessary to visit St. John and St. Thomas.
  • Animals: It is common to see cats, chickens, iguana, goats, donkeys, cows, deer and the occasional pig roaming our island. The island treats its animals very well. All cats are spayed/neutered, and we have feeding stations for them throughout the island. Stray dogs are not a problem on St. John. If a dog is found roaming, it is immediately brought to our animal shelter, the ACC.
  • Pet Adoption: If you’re thinking of getting a new dog or cat, why not adopt one while on vacation? The ACC will help with the travel arrangements, and you’ll have the best souvenir from your St. John vacation!
  • No Open Container Law: There’s no open container law on St. John. So, much like in Key West or New Orleans, you can walk around with an adult beverage in hand.