Inn Paradise
St. John, USVI
Late June to the 4th of July is carnival time on St. John, but the usual activity on St. John is limin', relaxing in island vernacular, and it is done on the beaches, at the cafes, restaurants and bars, in the whirlpools and hammocks at the villas, or under the shade of any flamboyant tree. In other words, just about anywhere on St. John.

Hiking and climbing the 6,000 acre national park (2/3 of the island) is an option for the more energetic. Trails and tours of varying lengths and levels of difficulty accommodate everyone. There are even donkey rides on the nature trails!

Snorkeling the 5,600 acres of ocean and reefs that are also part of the national park is one of the most enjoyed sports. Snuba diving, a mild version of scuba diving, is also popular. And of course, scuba diving ranges from low key to high adventure. Windsurfing has become a favorite sport on the north shore beaches. Deep-sea fishing is also available and can be very rewarding.

Exploring ruins of old sugar plantations, or searching the many caves for mysterious petroglyphs carved in volcanic rock by Taino Indians provides a historical perspective of St. John. 
Heaven is another word for the Virgin Islands if you are a sailor. Literally thousands (most uninhabited) of islands and cays are all within a few hours sail of each other. Boats from catamarans to 20-foot day sailors to four-masted yachts are available for rent, with or without crews.

 Island shopping, is exciting whether you're a bargain hunter or an art connoisseur. St. John's artist community is respected worldwide. Tax-free status provides tempting prices on jewelry, liquors, and many other items.