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. 


Cruz Bay Diving

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

You'll find 4 dive operators and at least 7 interesting dive sites to choose from. For more details about this topic, read this article.


If you and your traveling companions like to fish you may already know that Cruz Bay isn't exactly flooded with charter operators. Nevertheless, there are plenty of fish waiting to be caught. To read more about deep sea fishing in this area, click here.

Sailing and Boating

Kekoa Sailing Expeditions

Glance through the table just below for a list of firms that will enable you to get out on the open water.

Boating Opportunities In Cruz Bay
Name Phone Location
Boat Day V.I. (855) 262-8329 Downtown Cruz Bay
Born to Rhumb Charters (908) 528-0203 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 0.3 mi. West of 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
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
Wharfside Watersports Charters (340) 474-0474 Downtown Cruz Bay

If you're interested in learning about charter operators and area marinas use this link.


St. John Spice

If you are traveling with some shopping fanatics they might enjoy exploring a few of the area's 35 retail stores. To read about opportunities for shopping in Cruz Bay, navigate to this page.


Cinnamon Bay Plantation Ruins

Also plan on spending some time experiencing the culture, sounds and sights of Cruz Bay. Sights in the area include 8 historic sites and various other attractions of interest to tourists. Travelers who like spending time outdoors will probably enjoy spending some time at the area's waterfall and the outdoor park. Click here to visit our article about area sightseeing and attractions.

Look through the following chart for a list of a firm that can help you enjoy some great sightseeing.

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 are thinking about snorkeling you'll be pleased to know you'll have plenty of chances to do so during your vacation in Cruz Bay. To read more about snorkeling opportunities, go to this page.


Indulging in a trip to the spa just might be one of the most enjoyable parts of your entire vacation. If a visit to the spa sounds like fun, you'll be pleased to discover there are two in this area. To learn about more the options, click this link.


Caneel Bay Resort

If you enjoy playing tennis you might want to stay at a hotel that has a tennis court. You can choose between a couple of different properties in the area that offer tennis.

The table below may help with your planning. At a glance, you can see the number of tennis courts on-site, whether lighting is available for evening play, and some other helpful details. Click on each name to learn 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 instance, Caneel Bay Resort has a tennis pro who can give you lessons or tips for improving your game.

Other Activities

Information about some other activities can be seen right below.

Other Activities In Cruz Bay
Name Type Phone Location
Arawak Expeditions Watersports Operator (340) 693-8312 0.2 mi. Northeast of Downtown Cruz Bay
Cruz Bay Tennis Tennis Club -- Downtown Cruz Bay
Wharfside Watersports Rentals Watersports Equipment Shop (340) 474-0474 Downtown Cruz Bay

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