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 several dive operators and at least 7 different dive sites to choose from. To read a more complete discussion of diving in this area visit this page.


Hoping to reel in a big one during your vac ation? Cruz Bay isn't exactly flooded with charter operators, but the area does have plenty of fish. Click to find our article about this topic.

Sailing and Boating

Kekoa Sailing Expeditions

The following table has information on firms that can 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 want to learn about charter operators and marinas read this article.


St. John Spice

If you're going to be traveling with some people who enjoy exploring new shops they might enjoy exploring some of the 39 retail shops in the area. To read about opportunities for shopping in Cruz Bay, read this page.


Cinnamon Bay Plantation Ruins

Another great activity is spending some time exploring the culture, sounds and sights of Cruz Bay. Area sights include 8 historic sites and various other attractions of interest to vacationers. Travelers who enjoy spending time outdoors are likely to enjoy spending some time at the area's waterfall and the outdoor park. You can go to this page regarding area sightseeing attractions if you'd like to find out additional information.

Information concerning a firm that will direct you to some of the most enjoyable local sights can be found in the following table:

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 snorkeling you're in luck -- you can easily find places to do so during your vacation in Cruz Bay. To learn more about snorkeling opportunities, click this link.


Going to a spa could be one of the most enjoyable parts of your entire vacation. If you're ready for a spa experience, you'll be pleased to know there are a couple of options in this area. Anyone who needs to get more details about this topic can do so here.


Caneel Bay Resort

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

The following table summarizes some key facts. Included is the number of tennis courts on-site, whether lighting is offered, and some other details. Click on each name to learn more about 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

The following chart offers a few details concerning other activities.

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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