St. John, V.I. has been an American territory since 1917 after being bought from Denmark in 1917 for $25 million of gold. Denmark previously controlled St. John for approximately 245 years with Great Britain over throwing this island between 1801 - 1810 where their influence is still seen today since the islands residents drive on the left. Before all the chaos, peaceful tribes lived on the islands from before 1500 B.C. until a steady stream of Europeans began to arrive.

“St. John is now entirely settled, so that there is no more land left to give away except at the Fort and the company’s plantation, which is still lying idle, as it is not surveyed. Next year the greater number of St. John inhabitants will begin paying the poll and land tax. There are already about 20 works built and others in the process of building…”, so wrote governor Moth to the to the company directors on March 16th, 1726. That is before Laurance S. Rockefeller donated over 5,000 acres of land to the V.I. National Park Service.

St. John (19.5square miles – 18 degrees n/ 64 degrees w) was named Sankt Jan (Saint John) by the Danes of Denmark. Named after a saint it is no surprise that the island is a beautiful haven for anyone wanting to get away from the modernized world in need of nature and all that is left of this world that is not destroyed by man. St. John could be called land of trails; there are over thirty four different trails on the island many of them leading to hidden away pristine beaches.

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Non colonial era

+3500 B.C. - early 1500’s: Tribal societies  (Ortoiroid (archaic) People, Ciboney, Taino,

Arawak, Carib). The close proximity to Central America and the Yucatan and the vast traveling that tribes did for thousands of  years put St. John in an inevitable position on the routes headed to the South of the  Caribbean chain.

1500’s – 1600’s: Diverse and curious Europeans; Spanish and English looking for tribal peoples for slaves

1600 – 1694: Now phasing out of the usual “Indians” that were inhabiting the island of St. John due to genocidal extinction, Pirates; Dutch, Danish, and British colonizers, visiting and leaving at different times.The Danes were visiting St. John (1665- 1694) because of its close proximity to St. Thomas and their desire to colonize and settle it. The Danes found water there and enough resources to find it attractive and encouraging to have a serious go at it. At that time St. Thomas was doing well for them except for their high mortality rate in St. Thomas in the beginning. The Danes were not welcomed to settle St. John, they were constantly driven off by the English in Tortola.

1665: The Danes planted their flag in St. Thomas with the help of a blond skipper by the name of Erik Nielsen Smidt.

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Diving at the St. Thomas Diving Club!

Two locations are covered on this dive experience. One is a reef dive and the other is wreck dive. You are sure to see some sea life if not some turtles in Turtle Cove, where you will snorkel in these pristine waters.

There are scheduled times between 8:30 AM and 12:00 Noon and 1:00-4:45 PM.

 

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St. John Private Airport Transfer Zone 1

Private Cab Service only. No charge for children under 5 years of age. No waiting for your taxi cab to fill up, direct service to your hotel with one included allowed stop for any necessities.

Private Airport Transfers from St. Thomas, Cyril E. King airport to Cruz Bay St. John include private airport pickup and ferry ticket for each member of your party. A taxi will await you and your party at the ferry dock in Cruz Bay, St. John to bring you to your vacation residence in Cruz Bay.

$75.00

 

St John Private Airport Transfer Zone 2

Private Airport Transfers from Cyril E. King airport in St. Thomas to Coral Bay, St. John. Prices include: private airport pickup, ferry ticket and transportation from the ferry dock in Cruz Bay to your vacation residence in Coral Bay, St. John for each member of your party.

$90

 


This tour starts in the Cruz Bay Park and weaves its way on foot through the town discussing the old battery Government House, National Park, Laurence Rockefeller, Melanie Griffith, Oppenheimer and Avelino Samuel. As we start our drive through the island you can immediately feel and smell the soft clean air and relax in the immense greenery that makes up this 3/5 National Park reserved island Myrah Keating Smith hospital, Catherineberg's unique architectural style, Bay Leaves, and historical "Coral Bay" will be explained. We also visit the Emmaus Moravian Church which is an officially recognized and registered historical building. This just so happens to be accross from the famous Fortsberg Fortress Slave Revolt. We will take you to isolated herbs used as historical medicine and explain all the details of the historical objects that line our route.

Our last important stop before we take you to the beaches and pick you up later is Annaberg Plantation. The beginning of a very scenic drive through that marks the end of  this Historical Tour of St. John Virgin Islands and its National Park lands.


Annaberg is a famous example of what the colonial slave plantations and cane mills looked like. A rustic and weather beaten early nineteenth century coral and rubble stone construction. This is considered a modern plantation in its present form but was originally built in the 18th century now rusticated over the centuries by salt water, rain, sun and the Caribbean trade winds, with the contrasting pristine back drop of the British Virgin Islands and the Caribbean Sea mixing with the Atlantic Ocean, this is the perfect finish for a world class tour of St. John Virgin Islands.


Tour Schedule: 10:30 A.M. (St. Thomas Pick Up Time 9:00 P.M.)


Tour Duration: 2.5 hours

Beach Stay (optional) or shopping afterwards: 2 hours

Return to local residence or cruise ship in St. Thomas: 3:00 P.M.


Price: Adults $65.00 per person (two or more)

Children $35.00

Free: 4 years and younger


Private Tour $120.00 (for one person), or $200.00 for two persons.


Included:

§ Water

§ Beach time

§ Life vests for children

§ Snacks

§ Surprises

§ Post Cards

§ Delivery to St. Thomas Cruise ship dock