4/5 - Good
MagdaDec 11, 2019
Lovely little town with shops and restaurants, still authentic and not yet fully commercialized which we loved.
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.
If you're spending some time in Contant Hill, Virgin Islands National Park and Leeward Islands are top sights worth seeing.
Reviewed on Oct 28, 2019
Reviewed on Dec 2, 2019
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.
Commune with nature and explore the great outdoors at Gifft Hill during your travels in St. John.
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.
Backed by palms, this stretch of sparkling white sand is regularly ranked as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
Ample facilities and warm hospitality combine to make this one of the most appealing beaches on the island.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Verified travelerAug 7, 2019
Not much going on here. Longboard restaurant was great, went there twice.
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