Activities in Cruz Bay

Photo credit: © St. John Boat Rental

Cruz Bay is a picture-perfect small resort town -- a quiet destination where you can escape from the busy outside world, yet there are dozens of places to eat, small shops to explore, and plenty of other things to do as well.

Most people staying in the area rent a villa with a view of the beach and lush green landscapes, with the intent of doing little more than sitting doing nothing. But then, something begins to happen – the beautiful island of St. John brings out the explorer in them, and soon they find every day of their vacation is filled with interesting activity. 

One of the most popular things to do is hiking or taking a taxi ride through the national park.  You'll see historic plantations and sugar mills, show you ancient petroglyphs, and teach you about local flora and fauna.  Back in town, Mongoose Junction and several other shopping areas provide a relaxing and unique shopping experience.  

Standing on the wharf, looking out at the boats sailing back and forth, it dawns on many visitors that they should get out on the water – whether to fish, scuba dive, or simply sail around. Sailing and boating excursions are a popular option, but you can also opt to take a ferry to St. Thomas or to one of the British Virgin Islands. 

Bike and Scooter Rental

There is a lot of open space to be explored.  What better way to the many natural wonders of the area than by doing it on a bicycle, scooter, or motorcycle? 

If you are thinking about riding in the open air, you will find a couple of businesses that can help you. Those wanting to obtain more information about this topic can do so by going to this page.


Cruz Bay Diving

One of the top choices for those visiting the US Virgin Islands, Cruz Bay offers a good variety of dives.

There are 4 dive services and at least 7 interesting dive sites to choose from. Click this link to view our discussion of scuba diving in this area.

Sailing and Boating

Kekoa Sailing Expeditions

The following chart lists some key facts concerning local providers that can enable you to spend some time out on the open water.

Boating Opportunities In Cruz Bay
Name Phone Location
Boat Day V.I. (855) 262-8329 Downtown Cruz Bay
Calypso Charters (340) 777-7245 Downtown Cruz Bay
Cloud 9 Sailing Adventures (340) 998-1940 Downtown Cruz Bay
Copeland Boat Charters (340) 690-9988 Downtown Cruz Bay
Island Roots (340) 643-5000 Downtown Cruz Bay
Kekoa Sailing Expeditions (340) 244-7245 Downtown Cruz Bay
Lion In Da Sun (340) 626-4783 Downtown Cruz Bay
Palm Tree Charters (340) 643-4239 Downtown Cruz Bay
Sadie Sea Charters (340) 514-0778 Downtown Cruz Bay
Sail Safaris (340) 626-8181 Downtown Cruz Bay
Singing Dog Sailing Day Tours (717) 602-3536 Downtown Cruz Bay
Southern Hospitality (340) 998-4399 Downtown Cruz Bay
Wayward Sailor (340) 473-9705 Downtown Cruz Bay

If you're interested in reading about charter operators and area marinas follow this link.


St. John Spice

If there are some folks who enjoy window shopping vacationing with you, they may be interested to know that more than 49 retail stores are located in this area. You can go to this extended discussion if you want to get information concerning shopping in Cruz Bay.


Cinnamon Bay Plantation Ruins

Plan on also spending some time experiencing the culture, sounds and sights of Cruz Bay. Interesting sights include 8 historic sites and various other attractions of interest to travelers. Visitors who like the open air will often have a pleasant time visiting the area's waterfall and the outdoor park. To read about other area sightseeing attractions, read this page.

Information about a firm that can show you the most interesting local sights can be seen right below.

Sightseeing Services In And Around Cruz Bay
Name Type Phone Location
Mermaid Swim VI Excursions and Sightseeing Service (340) 228-4977 Coral Bay, 5.2 mi. East of Central Cruz Bay
VI Ecotours Nature Tourism Service (370) 779-2155 0.9 mi. North-Northeast of Downtown Cruz Bay


VI Ecotours

If you love to snorkel you'll be pleased to know you'll have the chance during your vacation in Cruz Bay. Go to this page regarding snorkeling if you want to find additional information.


Going to a spa might be one of the highlights of your vacation. If you're ready for a spa experience, you might be happy to discover there are two in this area. To find out about other the options, visit this page.


Caneel Bay Resort

If you want to play some tennis your best bet is to make your reservations at a hotel that has a tennis court. You can choose between two different properties in the area that offer tennis.

The following table summarizes some key facts. At a glance, you'll see the number of courts available, whether lights are available for evening play, and some other details. Click on the names to read more details concerning the property.

Accommodations with Tennis In Cruz Bay
Property Location Tennis Courts Lit Courts Tennis Pro
Caneel Bay Resort 1.0 mi. Northeast of Downtown Cruz Bay 10 check check
The Westin St. John Resort 0.8 mi. Southeast of Downtown Cruz Bay 6 check

For example, Caneel Bay Resort has a tennis pro who can give you lessons or tips for improving your game.

Other Activities

Details concerning some other activities are summarized in the chart below.

Other Activities In Cruz Bay
Name Type Phone Location
Arawak Expeditions Watersports Operator (340) 693-8312 Downtown Cruz Bay
Cruz Bay Tennis Tennis Club -- Downtown Cruz Bay
Cruz Bay Watersports Watersports Operator (340) 776-6234 0.7 mi. Southeast of Downtown Cruz Bay

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