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.
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 sightseeing at your own pace, you will find a couple of rental agencies that can help you. Use this link to visit our article about bike and scooter rentals.
One of the top choices for those visiting the US Virgin Islands, Cruz Bay offers a good variety of dives.
There are 4 dive operators and at least 7 different dive sites in the area. Click here to find our page concerning diving in this area.
The table just below enables you to learn a few details regarding area firms that can help you enjoy some time on the water.
|Boat Day V.I.||(855) 262-8329||Downtown Cruz Bay|
|(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'd like to learn about charter operators and area marinas click here.
If there are some folks who enjoy shopping in your group, they might be interested to know that the area has more than 50 retail stores just waiting to be explored. To learn about opportunities for shopping in Cruz Bay, visit this page.
Another great activity is spending some time exploring the sights and sounds of life in Cruz Bay. Among other things, the area has 8 historic sites and various other attractions of interest to travelers. Travelers who like being outside will often have fun visiting the area's waterfall and the outdoor park. For a better look at this topic, see this guide, which discusses area sightseeing opportunities and attractions.
Information about a firm that can guide you to some of the most interesting local sights can be found in the chart below.
|VI Ecotours||Nature Tourism Service||(370) 779-2155||0.9 mi. North-Northeast of Downtown Cruz Bay||St. John|
If spending some time snorkeling sounds like fun you'll be pleased to know you'll have the chance while vacationing in Cruz Bay. To read more about snorkeling opportunities, visit this page.
Relaxing in a spa could be one of the most memorable parts of your vacation. If you're ready for a spa experience, you'll be pleased to discover there are a couple of options in this area. Click here to see our page about this topic.
If you like playing tennis your best bet is to stay at a hotel with a tennis court. There are a couple of different properties in the area that offer tennis.
The table below highlights some key facts. Included is the number of courts available, whether lighting is offered, and a few other details. Click on each name to read more about the property.
|Property||Location||Tennis Courts||Lit Courts||Tennis Pro|
|Caneel Bay Resort||1.0 mi. Northeast of Downtown Cruz Bay||10|
|The Westin St. John Resort||0.8 mi. Southeast of Downtown Cruz Bay||6|
For instance, Caneel Bay Resort has a tennis pro who can give you lessons or tips for improving your game.
The following chart provides information about other activities.
|Arawak Expeditions||Watersports Operator||(340) 693-8312||Downtown Cruz Bay|
|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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