U.S. Virgin Islands: Paddle St. John
Nearly two-thirds of St. John is protected by Virgin Islands National Park, giving it a raw, undeveloped beauty that’s rare among its more populated Caribbean neighbors. Plus, its wild coast couldn’t be more perfect for an intro to beach-to-beach stand-up paddleboarding (SUP), as its dozens of calm-water bays protect novice paddlers from harsh trade winds while affording snorkel-clear views of the bright corals below.
THE ACTION: When you rent a SUP from Arawak Expeditions in Cruz Bay (arawakexp.com), they’ll give you a paddling primer, then load your 10-foot board onto an included car rack. From there, strike out on daytime missions, paddling from one secluded bay to the next, stopping to snorkel, explore empty beaches, or hike to deserted ruins. A good starter option is beginner-friendly Maho Bay to Francis Bay, then Mary Point.
LIVING IT UP: The secluded cottage at A House of Open Arms has a wraparound porch and outdoor shower overlooking Coral Bay. The Tourist Trap is a colorful roadside shack overlooking John’s Folly, with a killer blackened-fish sandwich.
ESSENTIAL CARRY-ON: Polarized sunglasses, like Revo’s sporty Crux N, will stave off harsh glare up to 99%.
GETTING THERE: Fly to St. Thomas; from Charlotte Amalie hop a ferry to St. John.
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