Cruz Bay Attractions

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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. 


Caneel Bay

You'll find a small variety of beaches to visit in the area. Snorkeling is available at some of these beaches, for vacationers who enjoy the underwater scene. Just click on the name of the beach for more information concerning that specific beach.

If you are looking for a snorkeling spot, a location with that option 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.

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A second location for beach-goers to consider is 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.

Great Cruz Beach: Thanks to the nearby Westin Hotel and the surrounding area, guests will be able to access the beach via taxi, car, or foot.

These are just a few of the options that are available. If interested, you can get more details here.

Landmark Attractions

Cinnamon Bay Plantation Ruins

An interesting landmark worth visiting is Ivan Jadan Museum. It is located 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 popular destination is Cruz Bay Battery. It is located within downtown Cruz Bay. Visitors will be able to explore the public sections of the battery anytime between 10:00am and 2:00pm, Monday through Friday.

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.

These examples are only a few of the options worth consideration Make your way to this article which is all about other sites worth seeing in and near Cruz Bay if you're seeking more facts.

Natural Attractions

Virgin Islands National Park

Franklin Powell Park is one of the better known outdoor tourist attractions. 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.

Petroglyph Pool Waterfall is a second attraction you should consider visiting. 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.

Cruz Bay offers plenty of other natural attractions. To navigate to our full guide to natural attractions in and around the area, follow this link.


Travelers don't generally come to Cruz Bay to find gambling, but there is one to check out, Parrot Club. <p>Amidst the hopping nightlife scene on St. John is Parrot Club, the island's only gaming center. This keeps things busy because tourists don't have much choice, yet, the cool atmosphere makes it clear that it would stand out even if it were not the sole option.</p>


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