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Product Details

  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Sombrero Publishing Company; 3rd edition (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0964122073
  • ISBN-13: 978-0964122079
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #387,872 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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First published in 1996, when St. John was a still sleepy island, this updated version provides a respite from busy Cruz Bay. The guide offers an insiders view into the quintessential St. John with its hiking trails, scrambles and gut walks. Singer, a long time island resident, provides a framework for reference with lots of fast facts and an easy to read description of places of interest, flora and fauna, amidst a well laid backdrop of St. John s rich history and island legend. --Virgin Voice, December 2006 January 2007

From the Author

"St. John Off the Beaten Track" is, more than anything else, an expression of my love for St. John, its people and its culture. St. John is one of the greatest places on Earth. So come and visit, and let "St. John Off the Beaten Track" provide you with information that will greatly enhance your tropical island experience. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Gerald Singer came to the Virgin Islands in 1969. He became a commercial fisherman and later managed a vacation rental villa and served as a captain and guide for "adventure" boat charters. He is the author of "St. John Off the Beaten Track" and "Tales of St. John and the Caribbean" and writes a weekly column sponsored by St. John's Marina Market appearing on the back page of the St. John Tradewinds newspaper.

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Bought this book so I can read up for an upcoming trip.
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This book offers a fascinating section on reef formation and development.
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We felt like we went to places that only locals knew about!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Bob Hart on January 31, 2000
Format: Paperback
I am very pleased with this book's mixture of island history with excellent descriptions of the diverse trails and sights found throughout the National Park (which makes up 2/3 of this island!)
We moved to St. John a few months ago and the book is now dog-eared from use while packing it along with us. It is definitely worth carrying along because you will miss so much without it.
My only negative comment is that the author did not show pictures of the different fauna that he describes. Enjoy St. John and please respect the fragile environment!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Casual Guru on November 3, 2007
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Used this book extensively during our family trip to St. John in March 2007. Best of the bunch for finding the best places to see. I was particularly pleased with the information on snorkling since the photos in this book are great and the directions on how to get to these places were flawless. I really liked Lameshur Bay and specifically Beehive Cove around the point. Highly recommended for its detail and information. St. John was awesome too! This book was worth every dollar spent.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Kaitlyn on June 27, 2007
Format: Paperback
Although I only went on one hike in St. John - the book described every possible hike in great detail. I wish I had time to do them all. Along with the hikes, Singer describes the beaches, snorkeling, and nature that you will encounter on your visit. The book also incorporated the history of St. John, which not only allowed me to impress my fellow travelers, but made me appreciate St. John's intriguing past. Very well written!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Melanie J. Batstone on January 30, 2003
Format: Paperback
As marine aquariasts and avid snorkelers, this book led us to the greatest snorkeling spots and some beautiful secluded beaches. Our favorite was Yawzi Point and Little Lameshur Bay. We arrived at 10:30 and were among 4 people on the beach. The waters were turquiose and the beach beautfully sandy like Trunk Bay but without the crowd. We enjoyed the right side of Yawzi Point accessible from Little Lameshur as the waters were calmer than the left hand side with similar reef to explore. Leinster Bay/Waterlemon Cay was another great find. The thing the book didn't mention was to hang your bag as Mongooses can unzip and will eat your lunch! The best, most useful book out of the three we bought. The maps are terrific as well.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By mj on September 5, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book is packed with information. If you are going to be active - hiking, snorkling then this is the book for you. Read it before you go to plan your trip because there is too much to see in just a week.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Joan E. Santomenna on May 21, 2003
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I thought I had seen it all. Then I found St John Off the Beaten Track. Gerald Singer has chosen to share the hidden treasures of St John. St John is full of history, plantation ruins, nature walks. They will make your trip special.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 13, 2002
Format: Paperback
Mr. Singer does a terrific job of detailing St. John's numerous hiking trails. He even gives concise, clear directions on how to get to each one. Thanks to him, we found our way to the America Hill trail with ease, and I must say the view from that vantage point was certainly worth the arduous hike up that mountain! He even gives advice on the best snorkeling spots as well as snippets of St. John history. After perusing this book, you feel as if you've been to St. John even if you never have! An absolute must for properly and thoroughly exploring the island. The only drawback is the lack of color photographs of the vegetation he describes. Also, the maps are very helpful.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By AnneLiz on September 2, 2011
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We used this book every single day during our trip to St. John and carried it with us as we trekked around the island. Although the book goes into detail on the history of the island, we used it mostly to find beaches and hikes and to look up the different fish we saw while snorkeling. I did not find any other book or guide map that went into any comparable amount of detail.

Many of the beaches mentioned in this book are not near a road. You need to hike to them in order to get there. Don't let that discourage you! These were our favorite beaches. We did the easy 20-minute hike on the Lind Point Trail to Honeymoon Beach and were the only two people on it. Amazing.

The author also has a section on Best Snorkeling Beaches which is extremely helpful. Using his tips, we hiked to Waterlemon Cay, where we saw stingrays, giant sea turtles, too many fish to name and gorgeous sea coral.

I will say that at first I found the maps in the book very confusing. The best I can tell you is to wait until you get to St. John to try to figure out how to get anywhere. It is a small place, so getting around is easy, but it's easiest to have someone point it out to you once you're there. Google Maps just doesn't work in St. John.

This book does not really cover restaurants or bars, but St. John is so small that you are fine using Trip Advisor and asking the locals and fellow tourists.

St. John is absolutely gorgeous, so if you are planning a vacation I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!
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