Explore St. John USVI: 2019 Travel Vlog (post hurricane)


Hello and welcome. This is Jamie from
Explorcation. Skylar and I spent a long weekend in the US Virgin Islands in February of 2019. While we stayed on St.Thomas we did a day trip to St. John. We hiked the Ram Head Trail from Salt Pond Bay, visited Cinnamon Beach and hiked to
Little Cinnamon Beach. and closed out the day exploring Mongoose Junction in Cruz Bay. We started the day on St. Thomas driving to the ferry terminal at Red Hook. While there are areas to park for free, we ended up parking and the East End Plaza, across from the terminal behind the bank. This was a cash-only lot the daily rate was only $15 for Saturdays or Sundays but it was more expensive on weekdays which was $35. The ferry between Red Hook St. Thomas and Cruz Bay St. John was $8.15 for adults. Children, seniors and residents were less expensive The ferry left Red Hook at 6:30 a.m. 7:30 a.m. and then every hour from 8 a.m. to midnight. The ferry ride was quick, and it was cool to see the nearby islands. Once we arrived in Cruz Bay, a local approached us about a car rental and secured us the last rental at Coastal Rentals just a few blocks from the ferry terminal. We had forgotten to rent a rental car ahead of time and there was a cruise in port at St. Thomas, which meant rentals were scarce. On the ferry ride to St. John Skylar called every single car rental company on the island and none of them had availability. So we were more than happy to pay a small finder’s fee to the local that hooked us up with the vehicle. That being said, we would definitely recommend booking a rental car at least a few days ahead of time. We drove by Coral Bay and took a right on route 107. Which led us to the Salt Pond parking lot. The Ram Head Trail starts at the Salt Pond. The Salt Pond trail is about a 10-minute walk it, leads to Salt Pond Bay Beach. This is a good spot to soak in the sun and snorkel, away from the touristy beaches. But we continued on the trail through
the trees after walking along the beach. Here is where we found the Salt Pond. This is where the Ram Head trail begins. The terrain along the trail is diverse
and full of amazing views. It leads down to a rocky beach and then back up toward Ram Head peak. Once closer to the peak cacti are everywhere and there is quite a breeze. This is typically not the kind of activity people think of when they plan a trip to St. John. But St. John is a perfect place to explore because most of the island is a national park. We did encounter several other hikers
along the trail. But if you have out on the peak long enough, you might catch a few minutes to enjoy it all to yourself. We spent a good amount of time on the
peak taking in all of the views. Looking over the cliffs was a little scary but you can easily stay away from the edges if you don’t wish to take a peek at the rocks below. When we started to head back we noticed
a much smaller and very steep path leading up to an even higher peak. Skylar decided to make a trek and captured this amazing 360 video. From here he had a great view of Ram Head peak. And in the distance you can see the rock
beach, Salt Pond Bay and the Salt Pond. After we were done with the hike we
skipped cooling down at Salt Pond Bay, because we wanted to spend time at Cinnamon Beach. On the way we drove by Maho Bay. when we visited St. John’s several years ago we spent time here and swam with the sea turtles. It was an amazing experience. When we arrived at Cinnamon Beach it was apparent that the area had not recovered from the hurricane. The building that previously offered concessions and restrooms was still damaged and roped off. We wouldn’t let this prevent you from visiting. This beach is gorgeous. We would still go back even if they don’t repair the building for concessions and restaurants. It really is beautiful beach. After spending time relaxing at Cinnamon Beach, we decided we had enough energy to hike too Little Cinnamon. It was only about a 5-minute hike through rocks. One can probably swim there from Cinnamon Beach. We were the only two people at the small
piece of paradise. Sadly we had to leave it to return the
car rental by 5:00 p.m. On the drive back we passed Trunk Bay. It is consistently identified as one of the top 10 beaches in the world. Many people visit to snorkel around Trunk Cay. Maybe next time we will finally experience it for ourselves. Next we drove by Hawksnest, which we visited briefly during our first visit to St. John several years ago. Hawksnest and Little Hawks nest are two more amazing beach options on St. John. Finally we made it back to Cruz Bay. After returning the rental car we spent
some time at Mongoose Junction. It is filled with shops and restaurants. After having delicious pizza and beer at the island brewery we happened upon some live music. This particular band drew a large crowd
and had just the right amount of cowbell. We had a few drinks at some bars by the
ferry terminal before catching the ferry back to St. Thomas. And that was the end of our day trip to St. John. For more footage of the Virgin Islands check out the other videos on our channel. If you enjoy our content subscribe and turn the notifications on. Thanks for watching!

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