St. John Security and Health
There are only a few security and health issues on St. John that differ from those on the mainland US, but being aware of these concerns in advance is always the best way of ensuring a carefree trip:
Overexposure to the sun is the biggest health concern here, as many travelers ignore warnings to protect themselves with sunscreen and to avoid the midday rays. The powerful Caribbean sun should not be underestimated, however, as a trip to the St. John hospital with painful burns or sunstroke is often the result of overzealous sunbathing.
Scuba diving and snorkeling are rarely dangerous, but accidents in the water - such as stepping on sharp coral - do occasionally take place. If a visit to the St. John hospital near Cruz Bay is required, a staff well-equipped and used to the challenges of the sport are on hand for emergencies.
Driving in St. John, though not hazardous, does present a few challenges as hilly and winding roads are the norm. To avoid accidents and a trip to the St. John hospital, keeping alert and driving slowly in these areas is highly recommended.
For minor medical issues, it is always best to avoid the St. John hospital - which can cause insurance hassles - and pay a visit the island's local pharmacy in Cruz Bay instead.
For more information about the St. John hospital, contact:
Myrah Keating Smith Community Health Center
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