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Oceanfront Home Rental, fortsberg, st johns, caribbean

All visitors to St. John must fly into Cyril E. King airport (STT) on St. Thomas. St. John is reached by a 20 minute car or passenger ferry ride from Red Hook or a 45 minute passenger ferry ride from downtown Charlotte Amalie.

When arriving on St. John at the ferry dock in Cruz Bay, you will travel 9 miles by car to enjoy the "quieter side" of St. John on Fortsberg Mountain in Coral Bay. "It's the way St. John used to be", describes one St. Johnian. Privacy and seclusion abounds, but you must have a 4 wheel drive vehicle to access Estate Fortsberg. It is 10 minutes from the North Shore beaches; a short walk to the historic ruins of Fortsberg (420 feet elevation) and the Battery (80 feet elevation); 3 minutes to the world renowned Skinny Legs Bar & Grill; 5 minutes to any of the several great restaurants of Coral Bay.

About St. John

"A few islands labeled Virgin are scattered in Caribbean waters, but only one has remained pure, resisting mass tourism's corrupting advances. St. John - the squeaky-clean little sister to busy and glitzy siblings St. Thomas and St. Croix - has always lured travelers back to nature, without casinos or sneaker-footed cabana boys offering cucumber-scented spritzes, or even raked sand. The island appeals to those who care more about seeing a thousand stars in the night sky than a rating of five for their lodging, vacationers who can make their own fun with a trail map and a towel." - Conde Nast Traveler

Oceanfront Home Rental, Cruz Bay, Coral Bay, st johns, caribbeanA Treasure Trove of Discoveries

Time is something to be ignored when visiting St. John. Pay no attention to your wristwatch; better yet, don't even wear one. Adjust yourself to St. John's slower pace. Forget about trying to cram too many things into your visit. Ignore this advice and you'll depart less enriched than those who have made a successful transition to "island time."

Rumor has it that pirates buried fortunes throughout this Caribbean area. Today's island visitors find treasures of greater value than gold and silver. Awaiting discovery is a wealth of beaches, coral reefs, plantation ruins, and diverse plants and animals. The Virgin Island National Park is indeed a treasure trove filled to the brim. You will be rewarded!

The Island of St. John

Throughout history, people seeking paradise on Earth have traveled-or dreamed of traveling- to a tropical island where they could find beauty, refreshment, and refuge. Today, two-thirds of the small rugged volcanic island of St. John is protected as a natural paradise within the Virgin Islands National Park. Among the earthly delights of this faraway place are tropical forests, wildlife, wildflowers, and breathtaking views. Just offshore, dazzling natural riches are preserved within the park's marine areas. Combined, the land and waters of St. John are, in many ways, a world apart.

St. John's Historical Heritage

The nearly five centuries of the Virgin Islands cultural history is as colorful and enthralling as a carnival parade. Humans inhabited the area long before Columbus' arrival. Archeological discoveries show that Indians, migrating northward in canoes from South America, lived on St. John as early as 710 BC. They hunted and gathered foods primarily from the sea.

Columbus may have named the Islands, but no lasting settlements were in place until the 1720's. Attracted by the lucrative prospects of cultivating sugar cane, the Danes took formal possession in 1694 and raised Danish colors in 1718, thereby establishing the first permanent European settlement on St. John at Estate Carolina in Coral Bay.

Rapid expansion followed, and by 1733 virtually all of St. John was taken up by 109 cane and cotton plantations. As the plantation economy grew, so did the demand for slaves. Many who were captured in West Africa were of tribal nobility and former slave owners themselves. In 1733, they revolted against the fortress at Fortsberg (only a short hike from Estate Fortsberg) and an island-wide massacre of families occurred. Six months passed before the rebellion was quelled.

The emancipation of slaves in 1848 was one of several factors which led to the decline of St. John's plantations. The population plummeted, and by the early 20th century cattle and subsistence farming and bay rum production were the main industries.

The United States purchased the islands in 1917, and by the 1930s the seed of a tourism industry had sprouted. Word spread quickly of this untouched Caribbean paradise. In 1956, Rockefeller interests purchased land and transferred it to the Federal Government to be designated a National Park. In 1962, boundaries were enlarged to include 5,650 acres of submerged lands.

Today the Park works closely with local and Caribbean-wide conservation-minded interests to preserve the area's natural and cultural resources. In recognition of the significance of its natural resources, the Park also is part of the international network of biosphere reserves. As the future unfolds, both the Park and the Territory will strive to ensure the preservation of America's Paradise.

America's Paradise

Each of the 3 main U.S. Virgin Islands has its share of tropical pleasures. St. John, where Virgin Islands National Park is located, is the most pristine and least developed. Next door is the bustling tourist Mecca of St. Thomas, with its magnificent cruise-ship harbor of Charlotte Amalie. On distant St. Croix, life moves at a leisurely pace amid quaint towns, rolling hills, and pastoral landscapes.

Getting Here

Major airlines fly from the U.S. mainland to St. Thomas; flights also land in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where connecting flights can be taken. Many cruise lines visit the islands. Car and Jeep rentals are available at the airport on St. Thomas and on St. John. Taxis and safari buses operate from the airport to Charlotte Amalie and Red Hook on St. Thomas. Land, sea, air, and underwater tours are given, and boats and snorkeling and scuba gear may be rented. Other major services, including medical care, are available. Lodging ranges from campgrounds, hotels, to luxury villas; make reservations well in advance. The peak visitor season is December through April.