Tips for Planning Your St. John Itinerary

Avoid Stress: Plan Ahead. Book in Advance.

St. John grows more popular every year. No surprise there!

To make sure you get to do the things you want to do, activities should be booked at least two weeks in advance. This is especially true during peak season (December 15 – April 15).

Booking well in advance not only keeps you from missing out, it also gives you one less item on your to-do list in the often crazy couple weeks before vacation.

Groups of 6 or more are encouraged to book at least one month in advance for activities and two weeks ahead for dining reservations.

Getting From A to B.

While you can still have an unbelievable time on St. John without access to a set of your own wheels, renting a vehicle of your own definitely allows the most freedom to beach hop, explore and enjoy some of the more remote beaches and vistas.

We recommend booking at least one month in advance for peak season.

You can find a list of St. John Car Rental companies here.

“When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money.”
– Susan Heller

Allow for Wiggle Room. And Naps.

Don’t overload your schedule. You are here to unwind, after all. No need to commit yourself to a tight regiment every day of your trip.

For travel to be truly inspired, you need some padding. Doing nothing creates space for new ideas. Letting yourself linger at a coffee shop, beach or bar is part of the joy in escaping your daily routine.

Leave ample time (2-4 hours) between activities and dinner reservations. Let yourself snack, read, nap and shower. You’ll enjoy your dining experience more if you feel rested and fresh.

Perhaps you enjoy sleeping in after shutting down Cruz Bay the night before? Half-day activities that start after lunch might be just the ticket for you.

When booking a full day trip to the British Virgin Islands or even if you’re out all day in the USVI, consider dining at your hotel or villa. After a long day of boating with sun, fun and rum, you’re likely to feel more like eating in. Most British Virgin Island trips return about 4 or 4:30pm but you must clear customs and sometimes that can take a while.

Paradise Found will assist you with reservations of dining that is close by, a private chef in your villa, or even catered delivery.

“He who would travel happily must travel light.”
-Antoine de St. Exupery

What will the weather be like while I’m on St. John?

December to July are typically sunny days with blue skies. If rain is in the forecast, it usually consists of warm passing showers that come and go within 5 or 10 minutes. Sometimes this can be a welcome refreshment! Feel free to check the forecast, but it generally calls for 30% chance of rain, daily. Meaning: sometimes it rains and sometimes it doesn’t!

The wettest months on St. John are August through November, which is peak hurricane season and also super hot and muggy.

As such, these are also the quietest months, or low season. Keep in mind that several restaurants and activity vendors close this time of year, opening again in late October or early November.

When planning your trip, Paradise Found St. John makes it easy to book activities and make dining reservations — eliminating last-minute anxiety before and during your vacation.

Inspired Travel starts here. Plan your itinerary now.

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