On our second visit to the US Virgin Islands we decided to escape the traffic and shops of St. Thomas and instead escape to the peace and quiet of neighbouring St. John. We caught the boat from Redhook Bay on St. Thomas to Cruz Bay on St. John.
Anywhere else, Cruz Bay would be considered a sleepy little town, but with nearly two-thirds of St. John given over to the Virgin Islands National Park, here it counts as the island’s economic hub.
We left Cruz Bay by car, heading clockwise around the island on the North Shore road. Around every bend we were met by a new and wonderful vista of curving bays and gently-rounded headlands.
One of the highlights of our visit was the long-abandoned Annaberg Sugar Plantation above Leinster Bay.
From Annaberg, we headed back towards Cruz Bay through the heart of the National Park along Centerline Road, which follows the spine of the island, providing us with yet more spectacular views of forest clad curvaceous Caribbean coastlines.
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