Sailing and Boating Near Cruz Bay

Whether for a few hours or a few days, sailing in Cruz Bay is recommended

Photo credit © Singing Dog Sailing Day Tours

The waters of St. John tend to be calm even when the day is windy, and there is no denying the scenery is unmatched.  For this reason, and many others, sailing is a very popular pastime for those who plan a vacation in Cruz Bay.

If you're just wanting to experience some time on the open water, without the cost and complications of sailing on your own you can take an excursion. Wondering about taking a boat ride? Check out the chart below to obtain contact phone numbers for area excursion services.

Boat Excursions
Name Phone Location
Boat Day V.I. (855) 262-8329 Downtown Cruz Bay
Born to Rhumb Charters (908) 528-0203 Downtown Cruz Bay
Cloud 9 Sailing Adventures (340) 998-1940 Downtown Cruz Bay
Copeland Boat Charters (340) 690-9988 Cruz Bay National Park Dock - Downtown Cruz Bay
Island Roots (340) 643-5000 Cruz Bay National Park Dock - 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 Cruz Bay National Park Dock - Downtown Cruz Bay
Sadie Sea Charters (340) 514-0778 Cruz Bay National Park Dock - 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 Cruz Bay National Park Dock - Downtown Cruz Bay
Wayward Sailor (340) 473-9705 Cruz Bay

Boat Rentals and Charters

If you're staying in Cruz Bay and get the itch to do some sailing, you're in luck.  Most of the island's most reputable firms are located here and offer options no matter what your skill level and desire.  Want to zip around the bay in a little motor boat, or perhaps you prefer a luxury yacht?  You'll find chartering either one to be a possibility.  

If you're serious about chartering a boat, you can contact one of these companies:

Charter and Rental Services
Name Phone Location
Connections Cruz Bay (340) 776-6922 Cruz Bay
Noah's Little Arks Dinghy Rental and Sales (340) 693-9030 Cruz Bay
Ocean Runner Power Boat Rentals (340) 693-8809 Downtown Cruz Bay
On the Sea charters (850) 339-8113 00831 Cruz Bay, St. John - Downtown Cruz Bay
St. John Boat Rental (340) 227-5144 Downtown Cruz Bay

Individual Charter Boats
Name Phone Location
Kalina (340) 244-9070 1.7 mi. (2.7 km) South West of Coral Bay
Kiote Sails (340) 643-5172 Coral Bay


Yachters who choose to sail to St. John end up in Cruz Bay by default, since this is the official port of entry and the location of customs for St. John. Sailors must clear customs before they can cruise (permit free) around the rest of the island, though many choose to stick close by for the majority of their stay. 

There are no marinas in Cruz Bay, but there are two designated anchorages, one in Cruz Bay and one just around the bend at Chocolate Hole. In addition to these anchorages, there are some moorings set up by the Friends of the National Park Organization that are available for free moorings during the day. Overnight moorings must be permitted and will be charged. To find out the locations of Cruz Bay's moorings you can call the Department of Planning and Natural Resources at 340-774-3320 or 340-775-6762. They can also answer any questions you might have about sailing restrictions in and around Cruz Bay.

Considering the option of traveling to Cruz Bay in your own vessel, or one you charter? Take a look at the table below for information on marinas in the area.

Name Phone Location Island
Caneel Bay Shipyard -- Downtown Cruz Bay St. John
Deep Water Dock -- Water Island Water Island
Frenchman's Cay Slipway -- Frenchman's Cay Frenchman's Cay
Soper's Hole Wharf & Marina (284) 495-4589 Frenchman's Cay Frenchman's Cay
Nearby Anchorages
Location Latitude Longitude
Cruz Bay - Cruz Bay 18.3316454562 -64.7969716787
Great Cruz Bay - Cruz Bay 18.3200756271 -64.7891288996
Caneel Bay - Caneel Bay 18.3436245459 -64.7874498367
Chocolate Hole Bay - Chocolate Hole 18.3165137946 -64.7845959663
Hawksnest Bay - 1.4 mi. (2.3 km) Northeast of Cruz Bay 18.3480801242 -64.7795963287
Trunk Bay - 2.0 mi. (3.3 km) Northeast of Cruz Bay 18.3526829645 -64.7707557678
Saint James Bay - Great Saint James Island 18.3088030981 -64.8322427273

What Cruz Bay lacks in facilities, it makes up for in perfect sailing conditions.  If you don't mind not having a marina to make use of, you'll find this location to offer one of the most memorable yachting experiences of your life. 


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