St. John USVI Frequently Asked Questions FAQ's

Below are STAY & PLAY, ON THE LAND, ON THE SEA, and INFORMATION frequently asked questions.   If you would like to add additional information to enhance everyone’s experience on island, please contact us at saintjohnislandguide@gmail.com.

STAY & PLAY FAQ’S

  • It’s not St. John’s, it’s St. John
  • Be patient, you’re on island time!
  • Extend a greeting of Good Morning, Good Day, or Good Night before you ask a question or begin a conversation
  • Men should wear a shirt, and women should wear a cover-up over your swimsuit when walking in town, or entering any establishment
  • If you are driving really slow, please pull over and let the local residents or others pass you
  • No smoking or glass on the beaches
  • Be respectful of your volume of music at the beach
  • Leave the donkeys alone and do not feed them, or any wildlife
  • Use Reef-Safe Sunscreen ONLY, it’s the law!
  • Drive on the left side of the road
  • Conserve water — If it’s yellow let it mellow, if it’s brown flush it down
  • Pack in, Pack out all of your trash and belongings at the beach
  • Don’t stand on the Coral or touch the sealife
  • Don’t chase the Turtles
  • Please be courteous of residents after 10:00 PM.  Reduce your noise/music/lights, thank you!

It’s true, some restaurants are more kid-friendly than others.  High Tide, Banana Deck, Cafe Roma, Ronnie’s Pizza, Cruz Bay Landing, Tap & Still, Greengo’s, Skinny Legs, and Salty Mongoose.  Those are not all, but definitely a good start.

If you are looking to make sure you have lunch with you at the beach and don’t want to run away needlessly if your beach does not provide such amenities, we suggest the following restaurants for early morning lunch pickup.

CRUZ BAY:
SAM & JACK’S — (340) 714-3354
NORTHSHORE DELI — (340) 777-3061
ST. JOHN PROVISIONS — (340) 690-4131

CORAL BAY:
LOVE CITY CAFE

Starfish Market makes birthday cakes.  Order ahead.  (340) 779-4949

  • Eat, Drink, and be Merry (You are on Saint John ya know)
  • Read a book
  • Take a nap
  • Play cards or a game
  • Put together a puzzle
  • Bar Hop
  • Walk in the rain
  • Go out to eat
  • Shop at Mongoose
  • Go Sightseeing around the island
  • and many love to Snorkel in the rain.

Most of the restaurants will close for private Wedding Reception events with enough notice.  Below are a few locations for large group Wedding Receptions.

The Hills Saint John — (888) 962-9341

The Westin — (340) 693-8000

Miss Lucy’s — (340) 693-5244

Some local restaurants service conch fritters such as High Tide or the Beach Bar.  The best conch is cooked by Caribbean Flair restaurants including P and P’s by the Sea, Miss Lucy’s, Island Breeze, and Heading East Bar & Grill.

Woody’s Seafood Saloon offers Hook & Cook.  Get it three ways, Grilled, Blackened or Fried. (340) 779-4625

ON THE LAND FAQ’S

Now that AT&T in the USVI was purchased by Liberty in 2019-2020, many will say Liberty is the best provider although AT&T and Cricket phone service should work just fine.  Verizon, T-Mobile are unreliable.

Many Visitors rely on Wi-Fi service where they are staying and make phone calls through Messenger/Online if necessary.

Be very careful to have your roaming turned off by your cell phone provider because your phone will pick up BVI towers causing roaming charges.  If you were in VI and picked up a BVI tower, call your provider and ask them to reverse international charges which they will do if you tell them you weren’t international.

Honeymoon, Salomon, Scott, Turtle, Little Cinnamon, Reef, and Salt Pond Bay all require some sort of short hike or walk in.

Most all of the popular beaches (i.e., Hawksnest, Trunk or Maho) start filling up around 9:30 AM.  If you get there by then, you are usually pretty safe to find parking.  Some beaches have very limited parking, so first come first serve when it comes to Gibney/Oppenheimer or Jumbie beaches.  Rule of thumb is to be flexible.  If your #1 option doesn’t work out, move along to another beach a little more off-the-beaten path like Hansen, Salt Pond or Francis.  Sometimes it is best to come back to the really popular beaches in the afternoon after the first arrivers have left.

Yes, you can harvest salt in the shallow waters of Salt Pond.  Some prefer rinsing the salt first to get the smell off of it before drying.  You do lose some, but many feel it is worth it.  Most recommend drying it out by placing it in a shallow dish, plate, or pan and setting it out in the sun to help evaporate the moisture.  The color of the salt only appears pink during drought conditions and can be the best time to harvest.

ON THE SEA FAQ’S

Honeymoon, Cinnamon, Maho, Hansen, and Saltwell Bottom Beaches all provide kayak rentals.  These beaches are very popular snorkeling destinations as well.

Absolutely, especially kids over 4 years of age.  Some kids are a little pickier eaters than others, and the Lime Out VI will definitely accommodate those kids.  They offer cheese & chicken quesadillas.  For the most part, the kids love the tacos just as much as the adults!

Most of the sharks you will see around island are Lemon or Nurse sharks, and fortunately they are harmless!  Black tip reef sharks are spotted near points.  Bull sharks can be more aggressive, but not as common in these waters.  For the most part, the sharks have plenty to feed on around here.

INFORMATION FAQ’S

On the hour every hour from 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM.

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