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.
If you enjoy shopping for souvenirs or gifts you should consider visiting Sugar Birds, which is located within 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 want to call ahead, do so at (340) 776-6909.
A second 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. Guests will find them on N Shore Rd.
A third shop you might enjoy is St. John Spice. If you are looking for Caribbean flavor and the tastes of St. John, then St. John Spice is the right place. At St. John Spice you will find all of the cooking needs of anyone looking to recreate the local cuisines. They are located on Prince and Strand Streets.
Check out this table if you want more information.
|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|
One of the more popular speciality shops in the area is Bajo El Sol. They are found in downtown Cruz Bay. Feel free to walk around the three room that make up the gallery. You will spot paintings, sculptures, pottery, jewelry, and other artistic styles like glass blowing. If you would like to call ahead of time, do so at (340) 693-7070.
Another option is Best of Both Worlds, which is located within a quick walk from Bajo El Sol. They are open daily from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. They are located on North Shore Road.
Donald Schnell Studio: There are also hand blown glass, ceramic and stained glass pieces that were carefully selected to complement the original creations in the studio. Life on St. John moves at a relaxed temp, so guests should take their time visiting the studio. You will find them at 27 Southside Road.
Lots of the specialty shops in Cruz Bay are summarized in the following chart.
|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|
|Kro-gu Jewelers||Jewelry Store||(340) 714-1111||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|
Want to shop for some clothing? Perhaps you would enjoy Made on St. John -- it's located within downtown Cruz Bay. Screen printed designs for men, women, and children at Made on St. John tend to have a nautical and tropical theme to them. Many of their clothing is considered to be sustainable and eco-friendly, so you can feel confident shopping here. To talk to them, call (340) 776-6638.
Another option is Bamboula -- which is located just a few steps away 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 would like to call before making reservations, do so at (340) 693-8699.
A third apparel shop you might want to visit 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 located at 4B Wharfside Village Shopping Complex.
Look through the following table if you want more information.
|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|
|Sea Leather||Clothing Accessory and Handbag Store||(340) 626-2419||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|
Looking for some food? Island Cork is situated in downtown Cruz Bay. Island Cork is quickly becoming the meeting place for wine lovers on St John. They are happy to introduce world class wine selections to seasoned connoisseurs and novices alike. For customers who want to call before booking a room, you can do so at (340) 228-2090.
Another option is Baked in the Sun, which is found a few hundred yards (a quarter 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're looking to call before booking a room, 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. You can contact them at (340) 779-4949.
Check the table just below for more information about your options.
|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|
|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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