Attractions in Cruz Bay

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As a port town and the main city on the island of St. John, if anything exciting is happening on the island it is probably going down in Cruz Bay.  Here, you'll have access to many of the most important attractions, from museums to nature parks, and there are even a few gambling arcades to check out if you're feeling lucky. 


Honeymoon Beach

There are a large number of beaches to consider visiting in the area. Regardless of whether you enjoy people watching, or you enjoy relaxing in a secluded area, you should find some appealing options. Just click on the name of each beach to get additional information concerning that part of the coast.

A nice beach where snorkeling is an option is Honeymoon Beach. Honeymoon Beach is a public beach that requires a bit of a hike to access. Once you get there, however, you will be thrilled by the gorgeous sights.

Attractions Map

Another good choice for snorkelers is Salomon Bay Beach. This hidden away beach is accessible from two different points. The first takes you on a mile walk along the Lind Point Trail from a parking lot at the edge of Cruz Bay.

Caneel Bay: Surrounded by National Park lands on the northern coast of St. John, Caneel Bay has several beautiful white-sand beaches that match the luxury of this world-famous resort. The entrance to the main beach at Caneel Bay is through the resort, but all beaches in the Virgin Islands are open to the public.

Fortunately, you'll find a wide range of beaches in the area. To find out more about beaches available, go to this page.

Landmark Attractions

Cinnamon Bay Plantation Ruins

Many travelers choose to visit Ivan Jadan Museum. It is found in downtown Cruz Bay. To pursue its dedication, the Ivan Jaden Museum features music, collections, and writings, as well as a number of books about the dark history of the Soviet Union, a fact that Jaden fought to reveal since leaving Russia in 1941.

Another interesting landmark worth visiting is Cruz Bay Battery. It is located in downtown Cruz Bay. Once a fort that protected Cruz Bay since the late eighteenth century, the building now serves as government offices. However, the building itself is protected as a National Historic Site, and has a small museum inside.

Denis Bay Ruins: With a rich history, the Denis Bay Ruins have been many different things throughout its time on St. John. Built in the early 1700's as a sugar plantation, the property produced and sold sugar and rum using slave labor.

But that's not all -- you will find plenty of other choices. To get more information on landmarks in and around Cruz Bay, visit this page.

Natural Attractions

Virgin Islands National Park

Travelers who enjoy the natural environment will often enjoy visiting Franklin Powell Park. Located close to the ferry dock, Franklin Powell Park is a popular place for both locals and tourist to walk through and relax. You will find plenty of room to walk and some great spots where you can sit and people-watch, and a nice selection of stores and restaurants nearby that provide plenty of options for spending a relaxing few hours while waiting for your ferry, or just enjoying a tropical afternoon.

Another local attraction that allows you to enjoy the natural surroundings is Petroglyph Pool Waterfall. Deep in the Virgin Islands National Park among tall trees, crumpling ruins, and centuries-old carvings you will be able to spot the Petroglyph Pool Waterfall. This tall fall cascades down to fill a pool that is famous for something more than the waterfall alone.

Needless to say, you'll find plenty of other nature attractions. Make your way to this page dedicated to natural attractions in and near Cruz Bay if you want to find out some more facts.


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