Shopping in Cruz Bay

St. John's main town is Cruz Bay, the hub of transportation, entertainment, dining, and yes, shopping.  While what is available here may not compare to the busier shopping districts on St. Thomas or even St. Croix, there are a lot of great opportunities if you know where to look.

Mongoose Junction is a favored shopping area, for more than its aesthetic appeal.  Here, you'll find a good variety of handcrafted goods, jewelry, accessories, swim wear, and clothing, all sold in a clean, friendly, and clam environment.  Another great shopping area is the Wharfside Village where clothes and jewelry are top sellers, and just up the street is where you'll find some of the best souvenir shops on the island. 

Typical operating hours for all of the shops here are 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. every day of the week.  Saturday tends to be the best shopping day, because there are often more vendors out in stands on the street, music lilts through the air, and the vibe is just an all around fun one.   

Gifts and Souvenirs

If you're hoping to find some gifts consider visiting Sugar Birds, which is located in downtown Cruz Bay. At Sugar Birds, you will be able to find an assortment of gifts that all revolve around the tropical life at St. John. The more popular products include the many photographs and cards, candles, books, and the small hand made ornaments and toys that line the shelves. If you're looking for something specific, try calling them at (340) 776-6909.

Another place to consider is Friends of the Park Store, which is located less than a hundred yards (less than a hundred meters) of Sugar Birds. You can buy a multitude of souvenirs and gifts at this store. Also available are locally grown and harvested jams, hot sauces, jellies and honey. The property is situated on N Shore Rd.

A third place to consider is St. John Spice. St. John Spice sells a variety of cooking supplies that are specific to the St John cuisine, as well as general Caribbean Cuisine. You will find all the spices and jerk rubs and sauces that give the food that unique kick. Find them on Prince and Strand Streets.

Take a minute to read the following table for a listing of gift and souvenir shops in this area.

Gifts and Souvenirs In Cruz Bay
Name Type Phone Location
Friends of the Park Store Gift and Souvenir Shops (340) 779-8700 Downtown Cruz Bay
Hot Look Sunglasses Sunglasses Shop (340) 777-3978 Downtown Cruz Bay
Island Fancy Gift and Souvenir Shops (340) 776-6940 Downtown Cruz Bay
Now and Zen Gift and Souvenir Shops (340) 714-1088 Downtown Cruz Bay
Pink Papaya Gift and Souvenir Shops (340) 779-4110 Downtown Cruz Bay
Portico Gifts, Souvenirs, and Handicrafts (340) 776-9600 0.2 mi. Northeast of Downtown Cruz Bay
Sparky's Cruz Bay Gift and Souvenir Shops (340) 776-6284 Downtown Cruz Bay
St. John Brewtique Gift and Souvenir Shops (340) 715-7775 0.2 mi. Northeast of Downtown Cruz Bay
St. John Spice Gift and Souvenir Shops (340) 693-7046 Downtown Cruz Bay
Sugar Birds Gift and Souvenir Shops (340) 776-6909 Downtown Cruz Bay

Specialty Shops

One of the area's interesting speciality shops is Bajo El Sol. They're found in downtown Cruz Bay. They are open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm and Sunday from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm. They are open on all holidays except Christmas. If you are looking for something specific and want to call ahead of time, do so at (340) 693-7070.

Another good option is Best of Both Worlds, which is located just a few steps away from Bajo El Sol. Browse a selection of artwork from around the Virgin Islands and the Caribbean at the Best of Both Worlds Art Gallery. This gallery serves at a foal point for local and international artists and buyers, and has become a great place to shop for art, or simply to walk through. Visitors can find them on North Shore Road.

Donald Schnell Studio: The studio is open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm and Sunday from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm. The property is situated at 27 Southside Road.

The following chart has some key facts regarding the 13 specialty shops located in Cruz Bay.

Specialty Shops In Cruz Bay
Name Type Phone Location
Bajo El Sol Art Gallery (340) 693-7070 Downtown Cruz Bay
Bamboo Studio Jewelry Store (340) 776-0669 Downtown Cruz Bay
Best of Both Worlds Art Gallery (340) 693-7005 Downtown Cruz Bay
Caravan Gallery Jewelry Store (340) 779-4566 Downtown Cruz Bay
Caribbean Treasures II Jewelry Store (340) 776-6465 Downtown Cruz Bay
Coconut Coast Studios Art Gallery (340) 776-6944 0.3 mi. West of Downtown Cruz Bay
Donald Schnell Studio Art Gallery (800) 253-7170 Downtown Cruz Bay
Freebird Creations Jewelry Store (340) 693-8625 Downtown Cruz Bay
Into the Blue Jewelry Store (340) 777-1489 Downtown Cruz Bay
Little Switzerland Mongoose Junction Jewelry Store (248) 809-5560 ext. 10040 Downtown Cruz Bay
R&I Patton Goldsmithing Goldsmithing Shop (800) 626-3445 Downtown Cruz Bay
V.I.be Collection Jewelry Store (340) 777-1489 Downtown Cruz Bay
Verace St. John Jewelry Store (340) 693-7599 Downtown Cruz Bay

Clothing and Apparel

Want to shop for some clothing? You might want to try Made on St. John -- it's located in downtown Cruz Bay. Operating hours November through May are from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. If you're looking for something specific, try calling them at (340) 776-6638.

Another good option is Bamboula -- which is located within a quick walk from Made on St. John. Bamboula has for sale a selection of themed clothing, art, decorations, and musical instruments. Whether you're shopping for something to wear, home decor, or novelty items, you'll have a great time browsing the treasures at Bamboula. If you'd like to call ahead, you can do so at (340) 693-8699.

A third apparel shop you might enjoy is Turquoise Turtle. They are open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm and Sunday from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm. They're at 4B Wharfside Village Shopping Complex.

Check the following chart for information concerning apparel shops located in this area.

Clothing and Apparel In Cruz Bay
Name Type Phone Location
Bamboula Boutique (340) 693-8699 Downtown Cruz Bay
Big Planet General Clothing Store (340) 776-6638 Downtown Cruz Bay
Bougainvillea General Clothing Store (340) 693-7190 Downtown Cruz Bay
Cruz Bay Clothing Company General Clothing Store (340) 693-8686 Downtown Cruz Bay
Fabric Mill Boutique (340) 776-6194 Downtown Cruz Bay
Hot Look Sunglasses Sunglasses Shop (340) 777-3978 Downtown Cruz Bay
Just BEach! Swimwear, Beachwear and Sportswear Store (340) 776-6256 Downtown Cruz Bay
Love City Beach Shop Women's Clothing and Accessories Store (340) 776-4202 Downtown Cruz Bay
Made on St. John T-Shirt Shop (340) 776-6638 Downtown Cruz Bay
St. John Beach Bum Swimwear, Beachwear and Sportswear Store (340) 777-4286 Downtown Cruz Bay
Turquoise Turtle Swimwear, Beachwear and Sportswear Store (340) 714-2696 Downtown Cruz Bay

Food and Grocery

Looking for some food? Island Cork is situated in downtown Cruz Bay. Island Cork, formerly known as primarily the popular meeting place for wine lovers and located at Mongoose Junction, has now moved locations and upped their game! Now not only will they be providing you with delicious wines but also tasty foods too! If you would like to call before booking a room, you can do so at (340) 228-2090.

A second possibility is Baked in the Sun, which is located a quarter mile (a half kilometer) from Island Cork. For breakfast they have coffee, pastries, sandwiches, burritos, bagels, butter croissants, muffins and danish. For lunch, they have various sandwiches, like veggie burgers, curry chicken, the Italian, turkey club on croissant, St John Cuban and Monterey chicken. If you are looking for something specific and want to call before you go, you can do so at (340) 693-8786.

Starfish Market: Just because you are on vacation does not mean you are not allowed to cook yourself! At the Starfish Market you will find plenty of fresh groceries, snacks,and all the ingredients you will need for a home cooked meal. If you want to be sure they're open , call them at (340) 779-4949.

Take a minute to read this table if you want more information.

Food and Grocery Stores In Cruz Bay
Name Type Phone Location
Baked in the Sun Bakery (340) 693-8786 Downtown Cruz Bay
Fish Trap Seafood Market Fish and Seafood Market (340) 639-9994 Downtown Cruz Bay
Island Cork Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store (340) 228-2090 Downtown Cruz Bay
Nature's Nook Fruit and Vegetable Market -- Downtown Cruz Bay
Pine Peace Grocery Store (340) 693-8725 0.4 mi. Southeast of Downtown Cruz Bay
Rolling Pin Bakery (340) 779-4775 Downtown Cruz Bay
St. John Market Groceries Grocery Store (340) 776-5322 0.3 mi. Southeast of Downtown Cruz Bay
Starfish Market Grocery Store (340) 779-4949 0.3 mi. Southeast of Downtown Cruz Bay
 

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