Hiking in St. John, USVI

“In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.” – Theodore Roosevelt

View from Hiking Trail, Leinster Bay, Saint John, US Virgin Island

(June 12 to 17, 2018) Visiting St. John Island, was not on our original plan.

We believed that shipping from Florida to St. Croix, would take about two weeks. Seeing an “In-Transit Status” for days, we went to the US Post Office in St. Croix to inquire about the delivery status. We were told it would take up to 8 weeks and there is no way to track the packages when they are in transit at sea. Now, what… Most of the cruisers are out of the hurricane zone this time of the year; and the US Virgin Islands are in the Hurricane Zone. Being here during the Hurricane Season, it is nice to have the whole anchorage by ourselves but we were still concerned. Thinking about alternatives, we concluded it is best to wait here until we get all the deliveries by the USPS.

Saint John, US Virgin Island

While waiting for the packages, we decided to sail to St. John Island from St. Croix, about 35 miles, 5-6 hours sailing. Three years ago, when we sailed to St. John, we didn’t explore the island because there were too many charter boats in the winter. Since we were here in the summer this time, we were the sole boat at most of the mooring fields. Most of St. John Island is a US National Park. Hiking trails are easy to access and beaches are picture perfect beautiful. Hiking in the Tropics in summer though, is like being in a steam bath or a sauna. I kept reminding myself that I love a sauna. There must be a reason for everything. I was glad that the US Postal Service took so long, so that we had an opportunity to hike all over St. John Island.

PS: Not having the Internet access on the boat (No SIM Card), I have been inactive updating my blogs and responding to emails. I wasn’t able to connect via US T-Mobile in St. Croix, US Virgin Island.

Sargasso seaweed in Brown Bay, Saint John, US Virgin Island


A Mailbox in Saint John, US Virgin Island


National Park Visitor Center, Saint John, US Virgin Island

Old Windmill, Saint John National Park, US Virgin Island

Old Sugar Cane Boiling Pots, Saint John National Park, US Virgin Island

Dead Trees and New Green after Hurricane Irma, September 2017, Saint John, US Virgin Island


Trail Sign, Saint John National Park, US Virgin Island

Posted in Caribbean Islands, Sailings