Cruz BayU.S. Virgin Islands

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Visit Cruz Bay

Experience the fun, carefree atmosphere that surrounds this charming town on the west coast of St. John.

Sit in one of the waterfront bars at Cruz Bay and sip on a rum cocktail while you watch yachts from all over the world arrive at the harbor. Browse the quirky wares for sale in independent stores in the heart of town or relax on a nearby beach.

The main town on St. John is usually abuzz with activity although the pace of life is slow and the locals are warm and welcoming. Order a refreshing drink at one of the bars by the pier and while away several hours enjoying the sun and chatting with the bartenders.

Stretch your legs and walk to the shops at Mongoose Junction. Buy locally made clothes and jewelry from some of the finest brands in the Virgin Islands, pick up souvenirs and gifts and survey works from local artists in galleries.

Stop at the Cruz Bay Visitor Center during your stay. Around two-thirds of St. John is covered by the Virgin Islands National Park; the visitor center is the place to get local information and maps about the protected area. Book diving, kayaking and walking trips or find out what wildlife you can expect to encounter when you are out and about.

If you’d prefer something a little more sedate, head for the soft sands of Hawksnest Bay, a 6-minute taxi ride east of town. Sunbathe in peace or dive into the tepid turquoise sea and explore the bright coral reef just offshore.

As dinnertime nears, make your way back to the waterfront part of Cruz Bay where some of the finest restaurants are located. Try succulent fish cooked in fiery spices or a juicy burger and fries.

St. John does not have an airport. To get here, take the ferry to Cruz Bay from St. Thomas. One of the best times to visit is between April and June when the weather is pleasant and crowds are relatively thin, however, you can expect warm weather at any time of the year.

Where to stay in Cruz Bay

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Top Hotels in Cruz Bay

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Westin St. John Resort Villas
The Westin St. John Resort Villas
4.5 out of 5
300B Chocolate Hole, P.O. Box 8310, St. John, St John
$295
per night
Dec 20 - Dec 21

With direct access to the beach, this St. John resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Leeward Islands, Virgin Islands National Park, and Honeymoon Beach. Caneel Bay ...

3.9/5Very Good! (192 reviews)

"Very clean and comfortable. Beautifully maintained grounds."…"

Reviewed on Oct 28, 2019

The Westin St. John Resort Villas
St John Inn
St John Inn
3 out of 5
277 Estate Enighed, St. John, St John
$229
per night
Dec 16 - Dec 17

Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Leeward Islands and Virgin Islands National Park. Honeymoon Beach and Caneel Bay Beach are ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (287 reviews)

"Very Clean, close to down town Will stay again Very welcoming."…"

Reviewed on Dec 2, 2019

St John Inn
Gallows Point Resort
Gallows Point Resort
4 out of 5
3 AAA Gallows Point Road, P O Box 58, St. John, St John

Offering direct access to the beach, this St. John aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Leeward Islands and Virgin Islands National Park. Honeymoon Beach and ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (365 reviews)

"Loved the view. Loved our room. Loved the location , close to town. Loved the pool and hot tub. Loved the grounds. Loved the dive platform and snorkel area. Loved the staff. Can’t wait to stay again. This place is a gem."…"

Reviewed on Nov 20, 2019

Gallows Point Resort

Popular things to do in Cruz Bay

St. John Spice
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St. John Spice

4.5/5(43 reviews)

You can search for that perfect souvenir at St. John Spice during your stay in Cruz Bay. Stroll along the waterfront or discover the beautiful coral reefs in this romantic area.

Gifft Hill
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Gifft Hill

Commune with nature and explore the great outdoors at Gifft Hill during your travels in St. John.

Boatman Point
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Boatman Point

Commune with nature and explore the great outdoors at Boatman Point during your travels in St. John. Amble around the area's beautiful beaches or seek out the snorkeling spots.

Trunk Bay
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Trunk Bay

4.5/5(313 reviews)

Backed by palms, this stretch of sparkling white sand is regularly ranked as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

Coki Beach
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Coki Beach

4.5/5(303 reviews)

Ample facilities and warm hospitality combine to make this one of the most appealing beaches on the island.

Blackbeard's Castle
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Blackbeard's Castle

4/5(96 reviews)

Learn the legend of the infamous pirate at this scenic complex set around a historic Danish tower in an area known as the Williamsburg of the Caribbean.

Top activities in Cruz Bay

Jost Van Dyke Sail
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Jost Van Dyke Sail

$185

Sail to the beautiful island of Jost Van Dyke, in the British Virgin Islands. Arrive at a lively beach bar and spend the afternoon relaxing in the sun or sipping drinks under the swaying palm trees.

Champagne Sunset Sail
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Champagne Sunset Sail

$80

Set sail off the coast of St. John and glide out into the waters of Great Cruz Bay for an amazing view of the sun setting on the Caribbean Sea. Sip refreshing glasses of champagne as the sky shifts from rich blues to warm shades of orange, red, and yellow.

Snorkel St. John
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Snorkel St. John

$130

Join us aboard a large powerboat to snorkel at the National Park in St. John and an Uninhabited island. This tour includes a continental breakfast, open bar, picnic lunch, snacks, snorkeling equipment and instruction.

Kayak & Snorkel with Sea Turtles at Caneel Bay, St. John
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Kayak & Snorkel with Sea Turtles at Caneel Bay, St. John

$59

Join a once in a lifetime adventure as you snorkel with sea turtles. This tour brings you up close to the turtles that roam among the sea grass at the desterted Scott Beach. The turtle population has increased dramatically in the last year as the area offers a perfect and protected location for sea turtles to call home.

Half-Day Turtle Cove Sailing & Snorkeling
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Half-Day Turtle Cove Sailing & Snorkeling

$94

Join the professional crew, licensed by the US Coast Guard, aboard the impeccably maintained sailing yacht, Fury. Admire sea life like stingrays, tropical fish, and endangered green sea turtles as you snorkel at the aptly named Turtle Cove.

Full Day Bareboat Rental in St John USVI on our 15' Boston Whaler: Thing 1
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Full Day Bareboat Rental in St John USVI on our 15' Boston Whaler: Thing 1

$376

New in March 2017 are our Boston Whaler 150 Supersports! These vessels are the ideal for cruising the north shore of St. John and surrounding cays.

Reviews of Cruz Bay

4.6

Top Destination

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4/5 - Good

Magda

Dec 11, 2019

Lovely little town with shops and restaurants, still authentic and not yet fully commercialized which we loved.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Dec 10, 2019

They are trying to rebuild from hurricane still. Very disappointed to see my favorite restaurant Rhumb Lines was on the other side of the island (Coral Bay). The food at the places we ate: Banana Deck, Extra Virgin, Ocean 362, and Cafe Roma was OK.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Sep 9, 2019

The available restaurants and bars that are within walking distance provided many good choices. Felt very safe walking around even during the Festival.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Aug 13, 2019

Lots of restaurant choices, fun locations. Most hotel options are up hills. Lots of taxis available, lots of car rental choices. Taxi prices are per person. National park visitor center is close by. The national park beaches are so worth the trip.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Aug 11, 2019

I will definitely be coming back. The water and views are beautiful. I would recommend communicating with locals and traveler to find the best good 'value for your buck' food and activities. I would also recommend taking the Kekoa sailboat your.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Aug 7, 2019

Not much going on here. Longboard restaurant was great, went there twice.

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