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Lush Eco-Trip

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Lush Eco-Trip
Lushly carpeted in tropical forest, St. John is largely protected as a national park, making the U.S. territory an eco-lover's island. There's only one significant town, Cruz Bay, and countless inviting coves and hills to explore.


Budget travel tip At the earth-minded Maho Bay Camps canvas-roofed platform cottages (which look like glorified tents) sit right above the beach and go for $75 per night (800-392-9004, maho.org). Guests share centralized bathhouses in the complex built on hillside pillars to prevent erosion.

Get moving! Follow the do-it-yourself snorkeling "trail" with submerged signposts in Trunk Bay, a protected marine reserve (call 340-776-6201 for info).

Can't miss Park rangers lead guided hikes down the 2.5-mile Reef Bay trail deep into the forest, ending with a dip in the waters of a remote south-shore beach. The outing fills up fast, so reserve in advance ($42 for transportation; 340-776-6201, nps.gov/viis).

Pamper yourself Lodged in an isolated hilltop bungalow, the Self Centre at the upscale Caneel Bay resort offers mind-body workshops that include Breathwalk sessions, meditation and partner yoga beginning at $35 (340-776-6111, caneelbay.com/selfcentre.cfm).

For more information, go to usvitourism.vi.
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