World Class Sailing and Snorkeling
St John is located in the heart of one of the world's top sailing destinations. Home to the International Rolex Cup Regatta, the International Optimist Regatta and many other popular sailing regattas, the Virgin Islands are truly a sailing paradise. The steady, reliable trade winds from the east create ideal sailing conditions year round. The climate offers endless summer-like conditions as the average temperature varies from the high 70s to the mid 80s. The year round average water temperature varies from 79 degrees to 83 degrees offering excellent conditions for swimming. The water is a beautiful, crystal clear, turquoise color and usually very calm as most areas are well protected from large ocean swells. This allows for delightful snorkeling and very smooth sailing.
The coral reefs in St John remain vibrant and healthy, benefitting from the protection of the National Park Service and the Coral Reef Monument. The Virgin Islands Coral Reef Monument includes federal submerged lands within a three mile belt off the island of St John. There are over 400 varieties of fish associated with the coral reefs including sea turtles, starfish, conch, jellyfish, lobsters, parrot fish, angel fish, and many, many more. Common types of corals include sea fans, staghorn, elkhorn, tube coral, brain coral, pillar coral and too many more to name.
There are many pristine bays located on and around St John. There are no less than a dozen idyllic bays and anchorages to recommend all just a short sail away, as there are also many tropical cays and islands within such close proximity to one another and St John. No matter what the conditions or where the wind blows, there is a world class bay or anchorage to explore, and a world class sail to get there. The more savvy travelers who visit the Virgin Islands know that St John is the place to go, and that sailing is the thing to do. So don't miss out. Your Virgin Islands experience won't be complete without a St John Island Adventure Sail!