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Ville d’Amour ST. John

Where ocean waves, the sun shines bright, footsteps in the sands meet the National Forest, and the mangroves and hummingbirds coexist all wrapped together on this 20sq mi island by its happy and inviting people to create the tranquility of "Love City," St. John.

Places to Visit:

  • Trunk Bay
  • Cinnamon Bay Plantation
  • Cinnamon Bay Beach
  • Annaberg Sugar Plantation
  • VI National Park
  • Maho Bay Beach
  • Petroglyphs in Reef Bay Valley
  • Reef Bay Sugar Factory
  • Hawksnest Bay Beach
  • Mermaids Chair Beach
  • Salt Pond Bay

Things to do on St. John USVI:

  • Night Kayaking
  • Day Sailing
  • Hiking at the Reef Bay and/or Ram Head Trail
  • Shopping in Cruz Bay
  • Enjoy local cuisine
  • Local Entertainment/ Nightlife in Cruz Bay
  • Enjoy Carnival in the month of June-July 
  • Bar Hopping
  • Scuba Dive
  • Camping

Traditional Dishes

  • Fish & Fungi
  • Callaloo
  • Conch Frittas
  • Pot Fish
  • Johnny Cake
  • Pates (Saltfish, Beef, Conch, Veggie, Chicken)
  • Saltfish & Provisions/ Dumplings
  • Black Cake
  • Bush Tea
  • Vienna Cake
  • Tarts (Coconut, Guava, Pineapple, Mango)
  • Stew Mango

Transportation in St. John USVI:

  • VITRAN (Local Transit System)
  • Ferry/ Boating Companies
  • Local Taxi Services
  • Vehicle Rentals (4-wheel drive vehicle recommended)

Website To Visit Prior to your Visit:

Special Facts:

  • Known as "Love City," St. John
  • "Love City" St. John is 1 of 4 islands that make up the United States Virgin Islands
  • Visit to embrace, rather than change, the culture.
  • Anyone born in the USVI is considered a U.S. Citizen
  • Currency used is the U.S. Dollar
  • Area Code is “340”
  • Two-thirds of the island is protected by the V.I. National Park

Historical Facts:

  • Visited by Christopher Columbus in 1493
  • In 1902, Denmark rejected Denmark offer to buy St. John, St. Thomas, & St. Croix for Five- Million Dollars ($5,000,000)
  • 1 of 4 islands purchased by the United States from Denmark in 1917 for Twenty-Five million USD ($25,000,000)
  • Up until 1492, the Taino Indians made a peaceful living on St. John USVI
  • On March 1718, possession of St. John was taken in the name of the King of Denmark & the Danish West India Company.
  • In 1834, slaves in St. John saw an opportunity to escape to Tortola being that they became emancipated.
  • Labor Act was established and freed the slaves on the plantations 
  • Direct flights began  to the U.S. Mainland in 1966
  • Dr. Donna Christian Green  was the first elected Virgin Islands delegate to U.S. Congress in 1997
  • Melvin Evans was elected as the first African-American Virgin Islander to be elected governor in 1971
  •  The entire territory of the U.S.V.I. was the first state/territory to observe Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday as a legal holiday.

Referenceshttps://seestjohn.com/st-john-usvi-history/

Government:

  • Power is vested in the Governor who is voted in by a majority vote of qualified voters for a 4-year term
  • Organization of the Government is guided by the Revised Organic Act of 1954
  • 15 senators are voted every 2-years; 7- are voted in St. Thomas, 7 are voted in St. Croix, and 1- Senator-At-Large must be a resident of St. John.
  • 1- Delegate to Congress is represented in the U.S. House of Representatives

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