St. John Off the Beaten Track App
This easy to use app was developed by Gerald Singer, author of the best selling St. John books, St. John Off the Beaten Track, St. John Beach Guide and Tales of St. John and the Caribbean.
Now for the first time the information from Mr. Singer’s books, website, blogs archives and photographs have been put together in one extensive and comprehensive app.
When it comes to St. John information, there’s nothing out there that even comes close.
Online and offline options with real time updates
Interactive Trail Map: This map uses the indispensable Trail Bandit Map and includes a “my location” feature to show you your position on the trail. Pins identifying the various trails can be tapped to provide trail information and photos (photos only available while online)
Trails: Hiking information and photos for 78 trails and scrambles, which include trail description, the natural environment you’ll be passing through and the history of ruins found along the way.
Beaches: Guide to 34 of the best beaches on the island, with photos and information designed to help you choose which beach will be the best for you. Including location, directions, beach facilities, snorkeling and watersports.
Bars and Restaurants: Direct connection phone numbers, location, live music, menus and pricing
Accommodations: Direct phone number, text and email connections, locations, website, photos and information for hotels, villas, small inns, bed and breakfasts and eco camps.
Best Snorkels: The best snorkeling locations - reefs, undersea grasslands and mangroves, including location, directions and level of difficulty.
Attractions: Visit the restored Annaberg Sugar Mill, the Library and Museum, the National Park Visitors Center, the Archeological Museum at Cinnamon Bay
Things to do: sailing and motor boat charters, diving and snorkeling tours, watersports rentals and lessons, guided hikes and horseback riding
Scenic Overlooks: Locations where you can enjoy breathtaking panoramic views and incredible photo opportunities
Transportation: Rental car information, ferry and barge schedules, taxi rates
Shopping: Shopping centers, gift shops, apparel, jewelry, water sports equipment rentals and sales
Emergency and Community Services: direct connection phone numbers
Island information: Learn about the history, culture, geography and natural environment of the island including the sea creatures, flora and fauna
Offline option: An offline option allows the user to access all the features of the app, with the exception of photos, even in areas without sufficient data connections. The offline version will be updated when the user returns to an online connection so that the information obtained offline will be current and up to date.
About the Author
Gerald Singer moved to St. John some 40 years ago when he fell in love with the island and its people. He has worked as a fisherman, a villa manager, construction supervisor and author. Dedicated to the outdoors, he has hiked the trails, snorkeled the reefs, underwater grass beds and mangroves, photographed the island from the coral reefs to the mountain peaks and has studied and written about almost every aspect of St. John’s history, environment and culture.
*New trail bandit map.
Ratings and Reviews
Great for the Visit - Needs Updated
The info serves its purpose well and served its purpose but it needs updated. Much of the copy has formatting problems.
It also needs a way for users to submit updates. For instance, Brown Bay beach sounded like a beautiful place worth the hike. In reality, if your destination is the beach for swimming and snorkeling, forget it. As of July 2019 the beach is a putrid, seaweed-infested, dump.
This is exactly the app I wished I had since my first visit to St. John. This is an outstanding resource. It is a portable smartphone version of the book St. John Off the Beaten Path, plus a GPS interactive version of Trail Bandit’s wonderfully detailed trail map. It can be hard to locate trail entry points, especially when driving, and this app provides a zoomable digital map with trail marks already highlighted and your GPS-based location right in the map. It includes offline storage of the data needed to be useful, so it still helps with navigation and information (other than external website links) even when there is no cell service.
This is the first app I ever purchased and it is everything I hoped it would be. It is an outstanding value if you want to explore St. John beyond food, drinks, and shopping. Apologies if my excitement sounds like an infomercial - I have no ties to the app or it’s author.
I was really pleased with the performance of the app while I was on St. John. The updated version with the off-line option allowed me to use the app even in areas when there was no cell service. The maps, GPS and information were all available. Very useful. Helped me to find a great restaurant and a cool scuba diving operator.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.