Nature lovers will know theyíve discovered paradise when they arrive on St. John. With its National Park, tropical foliage, green hillsides and eco-resorts, St. John is the ideal destination for travelers looking to really get away from it all.

Even though St. John measures only 19 square miles, it offers some of the best hiking in the Caribbean. Something new and exciting can be discovered on each of the Virgin Islands National Parkís 22 hiking trails. These nature paths carry adventure lovers over the islandís lush, green hillsides, past historic sugar plantation ruins to the shimmering shores of the islandís crystal-blue bays. Hikers who visit the ruins at Annaberg Plantation will discover one of the islandís most spectacular views of the Caribbean. With abundant wildlife and foliage, St. John offers some- thing for every ecotourist.

Thereís nothing more relaxing than a dip in Maho Bay, Francis Bay or any of the islandís other tranquil bays. For a glimpse into life underwater, visitors should explore Trunk Bayís snorkeling trail or any of the islandís other excellent underwater sites.

St. John is the only island in the Caribbean where Snuba, a cross between scuba diving and snorkeling is offered. Scuba divers will want to explore the waters off of St. John for an up-close look at the colorful underwater creatures that call the islandís waters home.

Whether you rent a jeep, hire a taxi or ride a mountain bike, island tours are an ideal way to experience St. Johnís charm. Spectacular views of the islandís crystal-clear bays and white-sand beaches can be found at St. Johnís many overlooks. With restaurants, bars and great shopping, Cruz Bay and Coral Bay, are a ďmust-seeĒ during every island tour.

After only a few days on island, visitors to St. John will discover that the toughest job isnít finding something to do, itís leaving the island to return home.

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