About St. John
St. John has a population of 4,197 and is comprised of 19.61 square miles. St. John is typically known as a vacation island for the rich and famous because of the scarcity of available land. Laurence Rockefeller began acquiring over 5,000 acres of land on St. John in 1954 intending to turn the land over to the federal government to establish a National Park. In 1956, Rockefeller was successful in donating the land to the Department of the Interior, a bill was signed and the Virgin Islands National Park was created.
The once sleepy little town of Cruz Bay has developed in leaps and bounds over the past 20 years, with high-end condominiums looming over the town. The pristine, white sandy beaches and crystal clear bays abound one after the other, taking your breath away as you approach each turn in the road.
Vacation or part-time living is ideal on St. John. It can be a bit challenging for year-round living, mostly due to the lack of convenient shopping for groceries and home supplies. Most residents take the ferry to St. Thomas to save money when shopping.