St. John USVI
St. John USVI (not St Johns) has the reputation of being the most beautiful, friendly and tranquil of the US Virgin Islands.
St. John lies just three miles east of St. Thomas and 42 miles north of St. Croix. Tortola in the British Virgin Islands is only about a mile away to the north.Puerto Rico is about 50 miles to the west and Miami lies 1075 miles to the same direction.
St. John is part of the Greater Antilles chain of islands and lies on the extreme east of that chain. Across the Anegada Passage to the east the Lesser Antilles form a chain of north south islands from Anguilla to Trinidad. These two island chains define the Caribbean Sea, which sits to the south of St. John, while the Atlantic Ocean is to the north.
St. John has an area of just under 20 square miles. In comparison St. Thomas is 32 square miles and St. Croix, the largest of the Virgin Islands, has an area of 84 square miles.
At its greatest points, St. John is approximately 13.5 miles long and about 6 miles wide.
About half of St. John belongs to the Virgin Islands National Park.
St. John’s population is about 5,000. In comparison, St. Thomas has about 52,000 residents and the population of St. Croix is 54,000.
St John is by and large made up of hills and small mountains. From the coast the terrain rises sharply to a upland ridge averaging about 1000 feet in altitude. The highest point is Bordeaux Mountain at 1277 feet.
St. John has very little flat land and no rivers or streams although fresh water can sometimes be found in drainage guts and resultant pools that run down the valleys to the sea.
The island is characterized by numerous indented bays and beautiful beaches, by far the most outstanding in the Caribbean
Although St. John lies in the torpid zone, the climate is classified as sub tropical mostly due to its location in the path of the tradewinds which moderate the tropical temperatures. Temperatures range from about 67 degree Fahrenheit in the winter to 95 degrees in the summer. Average rainfall is about 41 inches.
St. John does lie in the zone of Atlantic Hurricanes and the Hurricane Season extends from June to November with September and October being the most likely months for tropical disturbances.