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. 


Caneel Bay

You'll discover a good group of beaches to visit in the area. Snorkeling is an option at some of these beaches, for visitors who enjoy the underwater scene. Click on each beach name to read a detailed article concerning that individual beach.

A local beach where you may find people snorkeling is Salomon Bay Beach. The small 25 yard stretch of coast features powder soft sands in hues of tan and off-white depending on how high the tide. Short, fat palm trees dot the shore, while further back the grow tall and skinny and turn into the the thick greenery of the national park.

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Another place that beach-goers can consider is Frank Bay Beach. If you are looking for a spot to escape to, this may just be the place. Surrounded by much more famous beaches, Frank Bay offers much of the same, albeit a little smaller and with the benefit of being much less crowded.

Cruz Bay Beach: While it may not be the largest or most tropical beach on the island, this beach remains one of the more popular spots to spend a day. This is because it will likely be the first beach you see as you approach St. John on the ferry from St. Thomas.

Needless to say, you'll find quite a few other beaches in the area. To read a more complete discussion of beaches, go to this page.

Landmark Attractions

Cinnamon Bay Plantation Ruins

If you are looking to do some sight-seeing, 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 common landmark for vacationers is Cruz Bay Battery. It is located in 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 just some of the places worth checking out If you need to find more details concerning other interesting landmarks in and near the area by clicking here.

Natural Attractions

Virgin Islands National Park

Visitors who like the open air will typically enjoy 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.

Petroglyph Pool Waterfall is another place that needs mentioning. 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 has other choices too. To navigate to our complete page about natural attractions in and around Cruz Bay, click this link.


Feeling lucky? Those interested in trying their luck can find a handful of alternatives in this area.

Parrot Club, part of Wharfside Village, is found within downtown Cruz Bay. 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.

Virgin Luck Games, a part of Wharfside Village, is located in downtown Cruz Bay. Whether you're looking for a cozy place to have a drink, catch a game and make a bet on it, or play a few slots, you can do it all at Virgin Luck Games.

You can look through the table below for more information about your options.

Gambling In Cruz Bay
Name Phone Location
Parrot Club (340) 715-2582 Downtown Cruz Bay
Virgin Luck Games -- Downtown Cruz Bay

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