Cruz Bay Travel Guide

  • Cruz Bay in the distance
    Cruz Bay in the distance
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  • Church in Cruz Bay in 1997
    Church in Cruz Bay in 1997
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  • from the balcony
    from the balcony
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Cruz Bay Highlights

  • Pro
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     Excellent barbecue in the middle of town 

  • Con
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     Occasionally, especially at night, you may find some people who have sampled a few too many island cocktails. Some nights I have not seen any visible policie/security presence. 

  • In a nutshell
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     Gateway to natural beauty on St. John 

Cruz Bay Things to Do

  • Beaches

    Go see the beaches! They are the most beautiful in the world. Rent a jeep or catch a cab in Cruz Bay and set off, map in hand, to explore the island. Hawksnest Beach is one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen, especially in the morning. The sun hits the clear water and even standing on the beach you can see fish and rays swimming in the...

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  • Snorkel the Underwater Trail...

    Snorkel the Underwater Trail at Trunk Bay, VINPThis is an underwater snorkeling trail with placards describing plants, fish, etc. Its not the best snorkeling on the island, but an underwater trail is really cool!!

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  • Snorkel on any of the beaches....

    Snorkel on any of the beaches. If you don't like crowds, walk 20 minutes or so from the National Park service to Honeymoon beach. Best snorkeling, so far, has been at Maho (East end). I have lots of other beaches to try yet.

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Cruz Bay Restaurants

  • Rumbalaya Caribbean Grill

    Apparently in 2004, this place was called Rumbalaya. At least the website for a restaurant at this location and with the phone number that this restaurant has, and the same menu is under the name of Rumbalaya.In anycase, we had lunch here while waiting for the ferry back to Charlotte Amalie. It was quite pleasant to sit in the shade and watch the...

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  • Asolare: Snotty service at astronomical...

    I have a friend who used to like going to Asolare for his birthday. But after they stiffed us on an outside table--and charged $180 to our credit card when we bailed!--even he can't stand the place any more. Good: I wouldn't have gone back even once after first experiencing their mediocre food (there are rave reviews, but the keyword is...

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  • Look Down on the Street

    We had dinner here one night. We came early so we got a table by the window. I don't remember much about the food, but I DO remember being enormously entertained by watching the things going on in the street below. I also remember that the window was dirty - so dirty that I couldn't really take photos through it.They DO have a webpage which says:...

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Cruz Bay Transportation

  • Private Ferry

    There are a couple of other ways to get to St. John other than by the normal public ferry.PRIVATE WATER TAXI FROM RED HOOK to ALMOST ANYWHEREDohm's Catamaran Power Boat By reservation, pick-up & drop-off from St. Thomas, St. John & British Virgin Islands.St. Thomas to Caneel Bay Resort - St. JohnCaneel Bay transports its own guests directly to the...

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  • Ferry

    St. John has no airport, so - since it is an island - the only way to get there is by boat. The easiest way to do this is to take the ferry from either Charlotte Amalie or Red Hook to Cruz Bay.RED HOOK, St. Thomas - CRUZ BAY, St. JohnTransportation Services$5 one way, luggage $3 per piece 15 to 20 minute ride DailyLeaving Red Hook 6:30AM,...

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  • Fly to St. Thomas and you can...

    Fly to St. Thomas and you can take a ferry to Cruz Bay (or Caneel Bay) from Charlotte Amalie (or Red Hook).Rent a Jeep or get a taxi. I highly recommend getting on a boat to explore the island as well as the other nearby islands.

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Cruz Bay Shopping

  • Upstairs

    St. John Spice is a shop that is run by Ruth. I first heard about St. John Spice on the AOL Virgin Islands board. So I climbed the stairs (with the sign that said "Do not sit on stairs") and at the top I saw a lady cleaning the glass door. I said - "I'm looking for Ruth". She was Ruth.I spent about a hour buying stuff for people there. I had them...

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  • Go for a Swim?

    under constructionI took a pictures of this store, but I'm not sure of the name of it. It was behind the restauant we ate at. The Bougainvillea Shop is one of the Virgin Island’s finest island apparel stores. This beautiful shop is colorful and distinctive and carries the best names in men’s and ladies wear. Wonderful Island clothing unique to the...

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  • A Mirage from the Past

    This was a small shop which doesn't seem to be there anymore or at least not on the internet. Even at the time they were affiliated with another shop, as they didn't have their own phone. Possibly something like this shop at Mongoose Jumction:ART GALLERY at WICKER WOOD & SHELL - Original Art and Fine Crafts. Representing painters well known for St....

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Cruz Bay Tourist Traps

  • by LovesToTravel21 Written Jun 8, 2010

    I have a friend who used to like going to Asolare for his birthday. But after they stiffed us on an outside table--and charged $180 to our credit card when we bailed!--even he can't stand the place any more. Good: I wouldn't have gone back even once after first experiencing their mediocre food (there are rave reviews, but the keyword is "inconsistent," so maybe I've just been unlucky?), glacial and elitist, arrogant service, and unbelievably high prices ($44 for a filet mignon that's worse than Outback?). Tourist trap is the best description I can think of for this place!

    Unique Suggestions: Don't go there, period. And certainly don't give them your credit card number!

    Fun Alternatives: There are dozens of great restaurants in Cruz Bay and environs, although Asolare does have one thing going for it: the view. When you are lucky enough to be able to see it, that is. Anyway, for very fancy and nice, try Equator at Caneel Bay. Or better yet, lower your sights and join the locals at the Beach Bar or High Tide!

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Cruz Bay Off The Beaten Path

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    Sugar Mill Ruin on the way to Hawksnest Beach

    by eight_08 Written Nov 4, 2004

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    The whole island is off the beaten path. It's one of those places you go to truely escape, see nature and enjoy the peace and quiet. 3/4 of the island is national park so it is preserved from commercialism and development. The difference between St. John and St. Thomas is amazing--St. John is much more laid back and so quiet. There are petroglyphs and rock drawings to look at and trails to hike and sugar mill ruins to visit. The island will bring out the explorer in you. Rent a jeep and tool around for a day or a week and snorkel on some of the remote beaches, like Honeymoon or Hawksnest Beach. Many of the nature trails empty out onto beaches so you can have a land-and-sea adventure all in one day.

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