Shopping on St. John

St. John may not be the type of island you visit specifically for the shopping – let's face it, it is slightly out of the way – but that doesn't mean you won't be able to find gifts, souvenirs, and other goods.  The duty and tax free prices are an added bonus that encourages visitors to get our there and do some shopping.

Top goods include perfume, handmade jewelry, crystal, china, Cruzan Rum, tobacco, pottery, silk screened fabrics, and electronics.  It is easiest to find them in Cruz Bay, especially at Mongoose Junction and Wharfside Landing, but there are a few shops in Coral Bay to be on the lookout for as well. 

Typical operating hours for stores on St. John are from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. every day of the week, though some spots will open an hour earlier or stay open an hour later.   It is also common for shops to close entirely on the weekends during the low season of tourism. 

Gifts and Souvenirs

If you're looking for some souvenirs consider heading to Island Fancy, which is located within downtown Cruz Bay. During the high season, they are open daily from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. In the slow season, they are open Monday through Saturday from 9:30 am to 7:0 pm and Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Visitors can contact them at (340) 776-6940.

Another place to consider is Jolly Dog, which is found 5.3 mi. (8.5 km) from Island Fancy. Jolly Dog is open 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. They are situated on Coral Bay, St John 00830.

Another place you might enjoy is St. John Brewtique. Some of their beers offered are Island Summer Ale, Tropical Mango Pale Ale, Island Hoppin' IPA, Pale Tourist Pale Ale, Liquid Sunshine, VI Massive Series and Amber Ale. If you want to call before you go, you can do so at (340) 715-7775.

Many gift and souvenir shops on St. John are summarized in the following chart.

Gifts and Souvenirs On St. John
Name Type Phone Location
Hot Look Sunglasses Sunglasses Shop (340) 777-3978 Downtown Cruz Bay
Island Fancy Gift and Souvenir Shops (340) 776-6940 Downtown Cruz Bay
Jolly Dog Gift and Souvenir Shops (802) 489-2901 0.1 mi. Northeast of Central Coral 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
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
Trunk Bay Gift Shop Gift and Souvenir Shops (340) 693-8570 St. John

Specialty Shops

One of the more interesting specialty retailers in this area is St. John Experience Gallery. This shopping venue is located in downtown Cruz Bay. Started by two local and long-time lovers of the island, St. John Experience Gallery offers visitors a chance to take a little piece of their vacation back home with them. Featuring all original photographs taken by the owner, Jason Hubert, and his father, Scott Hubert, the gallery is chock-full of beautiful and authentic images of the island that capture the reason people come and never want to leave. If you have questions, call them at (340) 690-4852.

A second 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 can be found 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. If you're looking to call before making reservations, do so at (340) 779-4566.

The following table offers a few details concerning the 11 specialty shops on St. John.

Specialty Shops On St. John
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
Coconut Coast Studios Art Gallery (340) 776-6944 0.3 mi. West of Downtown Cruz Bay
Freebird Creations Jewelry Store (340) 693-8625 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
Wharfside Watersports Rentals Watersports Equipment Shop (340) 474-0474 Downtown Cruz Bay

Clothing and Apparel

Enjoy looking for interesting clothing? You might enjoy a visit to Made on St. John -- it's found in downtown Cruz Bay. Screen printed designs for men, women, and children at Made on St. John tend to have a nautical and tropical theme. Much of their clothing is considered sustainable and eco-friendly, allowing you to shop confidently. You can call them at (340) 776-6638.

A second place to consider is St. John Beach Bum -- which is found a short distance from Made on St. John. You can rent snorkel gear, GoPro cameras, beach chairs, beach umbrellas, coolers, skinny noodles, waterproof speakers, kayaks and stand up paddle boards. They also offer snorkeling and sailing tours that last anywhere from 3 to 7 hours. If you are looking for something specific and want to call before booking a room, you can do so at (340) 777-4286.

A third option for clothing is Hot Look Sunglasses. Find your ultimate vacation necessity and your best accessory! Hot Look offers your brand and your style at your price. If you have questions and want to call ahead of time, do so at (340) 777-3978.

The following chart enables you to get some details concerning the 8 apparel shops on St. John.

Clothing and Apparel On St. John
Name Type Phone Location
Bamboula Boutique (340) 693-8699 Downtown Cruz Bay
Big Planet General Clothing Store (340) 776-6638 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
The Dancing Rooster Clothing Store -- Coral Bay, Central St. John

Food and Grocery

Want to check out some local food offerings? Island Cork is located 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 for something specific, call them at (340) 228-2090.

Another place to consider is Starfish Market, which is found less than a mile to the southeast of Island Cork. The Starfish Market sells fresh fruit and vegetables, meats, dairy, and all the normal grocery store wares. In addition, the market also contains a fully operational deli, so you can pick up fresh sandwiches and freshly cut lunch meats. If you are looking for something specific and want to call before making reservations, do so at (340) 779-4949.

St. John Market Groceries: They are a full service grocery store including a large fresh produce section, cheeses, wines, a deli with to-go meals and liquor. Guests will be able to find them on South Shore Road.

Take a look at the chart below if you want more information.

Food and Grocery Stores On St. John
Name Type Phone Location
Island Cork Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store (340) 228-2090 Downtown Cruz Bay
Nature's Nook Fruit and Vegetable Market -- 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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