Wow, you know you live in a special place when a pretty popular magazine names your tiny island one of only 22 places in the world you should visit this year! Woohoo!
Men’s Journal just released “The 22 Places to Go in 2017” and St. John made the cut. Here’s what they had to say about us:
Why now: The rundown facilities at Saint John’s Virgin Islands National Park will get a major revamp in 2017, most notably in Cinnamon Bay, where new dining options and eco-tents will liven up the park’s only official lodgings. The island is also in the midst of a major conservation battle to prevent two large marina projects from mucking up the ecologically sensitive Coral Bay Harbor.
What to see: Rent a kayak or SUP at Cinnamon Bay’s water sports facility to explore the coast. Then snorkel at nearby Waterlemon Cay, hike the Reef Bay Trail to Taíno petroglyphs, and finish the day with a Cruzan rum and coke on Gibney Beach.
Pretty cool, right?
This isn’t the first time Men’s Journal has taken a liking to St. John. Back in 2014, it named Joe’s Rum Hut one of America’s best hidden beach bars. Click here to read all about that.
Other destinations that made this year’s list of places to visit are: Denver; the Peruvian Amazon; Mongolia; Via Dinarcia; San Antonio; Chengdu, China; Ferrari Land; the Adirondacks; Western Washington; Hokkaido, Japan; Rwanda’s Volcano National Park; Nashville; Kangaroo Island, Australia; Ottawa, Canada; Philadelphia; Salient, Colombia; Finland; San Luis Potoso, Mexico; the Northwest Passage; Lombok, Indonesia; and Maine’s North Woods.