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 hoping to find some souvenirs or gifts you should consider visiting Friends of the Park Store, which is located in downtown Cruz Bay. 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 second possibility is St. John Spice, which is found a short distance of Friends of the Park Store. 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. They're located on Prince and Strand Streets.

Another place you might enjoy is Sugar Birds. Stop in this colorful gift shop complete with tropical themes and beach motifs. The souvenirs here are sure to remind you of your time on the island, and make great gifts for those who you left at home. If you are looking for something specific and want to call in advance, you can do so at (340) 776-6909.

The chart right below lists more details on 12 gift and souvenir shops located on St. John.

Gifts and Souvenirs On St. John
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
Jolly Dog Gift and Souvenir Shops (802) 489-2901 0.1 mi. Northeast of Central Coral 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
Trunk Bay Gift Shop Gift and Souvenir Shops (340) 693-8570 St. John

Specialty Shops

One of the area's popular speciality shops is St. John Experience Gallery. They are 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, try calling 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. Interested in a unique experience where different artforms come together in one place? Then Bajo El Sol is the place for you! Visitors can find them at 528 18-3, Mongoose Junction.

Caravan Gallery: Caravan Gallery has made a name for itself in affordable and fine jewelry, and unique artifacts from around the world for nearly 30 years. Pieces found at their Mongoose Junction location include the original St. John Hook bracelet and the best selection of Larimar, the Gemstone of the Caribbean. You can call them at (340) 779-4566.

Many of the specialty shops on St. John are summarized down below.

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
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
Full Moon Art Gallery Art Gallery (340) 774-9033 Coral Bay, Central St. John
Into the Blue Jewelry Store (340) 777-1489 Downtown Cruz Bay
Jan's Creations by the Sea Jewelry Store (340) 643-1719 Coral Bay, Central St. John
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 Collection Jewelry Store (340) 777-1489 Downtown Cruz Bay
Verace St. John Jewelry Store (340) 693-7599 Downtown Cruz Bay

Clothing and Apparel

Looking for some clothing? Perhaps you would enjoy 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. To reach them, call (340) 776-6638.

Another shop to consider is Bamboula -- which is located just a few steps away 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 be sure they're open , call them at (340) 693-8699.

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. Guests can reach them at (340) 777-3978.

You can look through this table for a list of apparel shops serving this area.

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
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
The Dancing Rooster Clothing Store -- Coral Bay, Central St. John

Food and Grocery

Want to check out some local food offerings? Island Cork is situated in downtown Cruz Bay. They are open Monday though Saturday from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm and Sunday by appointment. Call them at (340) 228-2090.

Another place to consider is Baked in the Sun, which is located a quarter mile (a half kilometer) from Island Cork. Established in November 2000, Baked In The Sun is a perfect example of a family bakery. Everything is created from scratch using only the best ingredients. If you want to call before you go, 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 call them at (340) 779-4949.

View the table below if you want more information.

Food and Grocery Stores On St. John
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
Super Save Supermarket Grocery Store (340) 772-3030 Coral Bay

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