The breathtaking seascapes that line these coasts are the kind that everyone envisions when picturing Caribbean beaches. However, don't underestimate less well-known beaches like those that line Jumbie Bay, Leinster Bay, Honeymoon Beach, Francis Bay, and Salomon Bay.
A second favorite activity would be hiking. There are more than 20 hiking routes crisscrossing St. John's 20 square miles. Many of them are considered low to medium impact trails and some are less than three miles long. However, they all lead to incredible historical sites or natural wonders that are worth exploring.
One such historical site, commonly referred to as the petroglyphs, offers a unique glimpse into the Taino Indians, one of the region's original occupants. At the base of a waterfall situated deep within the Reef Bay valley, ancient tribal carvings that date back hundreds of years are embedded in a rock wall. For the full effect of this magical location, try to hike out here after a nice rain. Hikers also traverse the ruins of four sugar estates from the colonial era as they make their way out to the petroglyphs along the Reef Bay Trail. This provides insights into another period of St. John's historic past.
Not all of St. John's favorite pathways, though, are found on dry land. For instance, Trunk Bay's Coral Reef Underwater Park Trail introduces snorkelers to the island's vibrant underwater habitat and the many coral and fish species that snorkelers may come across are described on a number of signs throughout the trail.
Bareboat and crewed catamaran charters alike escape to this tropical getaway for days to enjoy the stunning beaches, water activities, peaceful sunbathing and picturesque views.