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

There are a small variety of beaches to enjoy in the area. Snorkeling is available at some of the beaches, if some of the people in your group are so inclined. You can click on the beach names for detailed information about that particular stretch of sand.

If you are hoping to snorkel, 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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Another place 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: Located on the west coast of St. John, Great Cruz Bay provides a well-manicured beach area that is popular with tourists, due to its proximity to the Westin Hotel. The area is fairly well developed, with restaurants and shopping centers nearby.

Luckily, you'll find even more beaches to choose from in the area. For more details about this specific topic, read this article.

Landmark Attractions

Cinnamon Bay Plantation Ruins

A landmark that often intrigues visitors is Ivan Jadan Museum. It is located in downtown Cruz Bay. The Ivan Jaden Museum is a small educational experience right in Cruz Bay dedicated to the Russian tenor, refugee and fighter for freedom, Ivan Jaden. The museum is dedicated to Jaden and his belief in freedom and the importance of spreading the truth about life in the Soviet Union.

Another interesting landmark worth visiting 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 just a few of the options. To reach our guide to other interesting places to visit in and around Cruz Bay, go to this page.

Natural Attractions

Virgin Islands National Park

Franklin Powell Park is one of the most enjoyable 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.

A second attraction you might want to consider 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.

These examples are just a sample of what's available. To read about other natural attractions in and around the area, go to this page.


Travelers do not generally go to Cruz Bay to find gambling, although there is one option, 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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