Shopping in Cruz Bay

Photo credit: © Caravan Gallery
 

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 Landing where clothes and jewelry are top sellers, although some of the businesses closed after hurricanes Irma and Maria.  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 looking for some gifts you might want to try Island Fancy, which is situated in downtown Cruz Bay. This store is colorful and creative. It is full of fun tropical gifts, local arts, charming souvenirs and Caribbean crafts. Customers can reach them at (340) 776-6940.

Another possibility is Sugar Birds, which is located just a few steps away from Island Fancy. They are open daily from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. During the slow season, they are closed on Sundays. If you are looking to call ahead of time, do so at (340) 776-6909.

A third shop to consider is Friends of the Park Store. 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. Visitors will be able to find them on N Shore Rd.

Many gift and souvenir shops located in Cruz Bay are shown here:

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 interesting speciality shops in this area is St. John Experience Gallery. This venue is located in downtown Cruz Bay. St. John Experience Gallery offers you photographs taken at hundreds of different locations around the island from a multitude of view points. These pictures are of extremely high resolution and will look as if you have an open window overlooking the ocean hanging on your wall. Call them at (340) 690-4852.

Another good option is Bajo El Sol, which is found less than a hundred yards (less than a hundred meters) from St. John Experience Gallery. Bajo El Sol has taken it upon themselves to re-vamp their gallery by opening up the rooms. This allows for a seated audience to enjoy performances held on small stages, while still exhibiting local art on the walls. Throughout different months of the year, Bajo El Sol has different themes in which the displayed art is curated. They're located at 528 18-3, Mongoose Junction.

Caravan Gallery: During high season, they are open Monday through Saturday from 9:30 am to 9:00 pm and from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm on Sundays. During the off season, they are open from 9:30 am to 7:00 pm on Monday through Saturday and 10:00 am to 6:00 pm on Sundays. Call them at (340) 779-4566.

Several specialty shops located in Cruz Bay are summarized directly below.

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
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
St. John Experience Gallery Art Gallery (340) 690-4852 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

Interested in shopping for clothing? You might enjoy a visit to Made on St. John -- it's located in downtown Cruz Bay. Offering locally made apparel that has been designed and screen printed on the island of St. John, this shop which is located in one of the most popular shopping centers on the island has quiet the apt name: Made on St. John. If you have questions, call them at (340) 776-6638.

Another shop to consider is Bamboula -- which is located within a quick walk from Made on St. John. For a selection of unique, ethnically themed accessories, clothing, and other home goods, stop by the Bamboula Boutique. You will find a range of items that are made in the spirit of Haiti and Africa, while adapted to a Caribbean zest. If you want to call in advance, do so at (340) 693-8699.

A third apparel shop you might enjoy is Hot Look Sunglasses. During the peak season, they are open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm and Sunday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. During the slow season, they are open Monday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. If you'd like to call before you go, you can do so at (340) 777-3978.

Lots of apparel shops in Cruz Bay can be seen in the following table.

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
Cruz Bay Clothing Company General Clothing Store (340) 693-8686 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

Food and Grocery

Hungry? Island Cork is situated in downtown Cruz Bay. Due to a deep desire for further enriching visitor's taste buds, Island Cork offers Mediterranean-style "light bites," and one or two unique lunch specials including lobster rolls and a roast-meat-of-the-day sandwich. Don't worry though, Island Cork still has their tasty and well-loved wines on the menu. If you're looking to call before you go, do so at (340) 228-2090.

Another 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 to call ahead of time, 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. For customers who want to call before making reservations, do so at (340) 779-4949.

Review this table to learn more.

Food and Grocery Stores In Cruz Bay
Name Type Phone Location
Baked in the Sun Bakery (340) 693-8786 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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