Cruz Bay, St. John, is your go-to for vibrant nightlife and provisioning during your USVI sailing adventure.

Cruz Bay, US Virgin Islands

Cruz Bay, St. John, is your go-to for vibrant nightlife and provisioning during your USVI sailing adventure.

Matt and Britney Weidert

Matt Weidert

Cruz Bay in the US Virgin Islands stands as a pivotal destination for yacht charter enthusiasts seeking a blend of vibrant town life, exquisite dining, and a gateway to the natural splendor of the Virgin Islands National Park. Its charm lies not just in its convenient location but in the plethora of experiences it offers, making it an indispensable part of any sailing itinerary in the region.
Cruz Bay in St. John, USVI

Why Choose Cruz Bay?

Cruz Bay serves as the primary entry point to St. John, offering immediate access to both the conveniences of town life and the untouched beauty of the surrounding Virgin Islands National Park. Its significance is magnified by the town's unique blend of lively bars, eclectic dining options, and quaint shops, all of which contribute to its reputation as a lively hub for visitors and locals alike.
Cruz Bay

Where is Cruz Bay in the US Virgin Islands?

Nestled on the western shore of St. John, Cruz Bay is the primary entry point for visitors arriving by ferry from St. Thomas, making it an essential stop for yacht charters exploring the Virgin Islands. Its convenient location offers easy access to the rest of the island and serves as a perfect base for excursions into the Virgin Islands National Park, renowned for its breathtaking landscapes and pristine beaches.

Note: many charter companies do not let you anchor or moor in Cruz Bay itself due to primarily private balls and limited anchoring room.  Your best bet is to grab a National Park Service (NPS) mooring ball over at Caneel Bay and dinghy over. That's what we did on our recent bareboat charter guys fishing trip to the USVIs and Spanish Virgin Islands.
We donned our best 80s gear on a recent trip to Cruz Bay

What to Do in Cruz Bay

  • Dining and Nightlife: Cruz Bay is a culinary delight, offering a wide range of dining options from casual beachfront eateries to upscale restaurants. The nightlife is equally vibrant, with bars and venues hosting live music and local entertainment.
  • Shopping: The streets of Cruz Bay are lined with boutique shops and local markets, offering everything from handcrafted jewelry to unique island souvenirs. It's a great place to find gifts or to shop for local art and crafts.
  • Water Sports and Activities: As a hub for yacht charters, Cruz Bay provides easy access to a plethora of water-based activities. Snorkeling, paddleboarding, and kayaking are popular ways to explore the crystal-clear waters and vibrant coral reefs surrounding the island.
  • Hiking and Exploration: For those looking to venture beyond the sea, Cruz Bay is the gateway to numerous hiking trails that wind through the Virgin Islands National Park. Trails range from easy walks to challenging hikes, leading to historic ruins, panoramic viewpoints, and secluded beaches.
  • Cultural and Historical Sites: Cruz Bay is not without its cultural attractions, including the Elaine Ione Sprauve Library and Museum, which offers insights into the island's history and heritage. The National Park Visitors Center is also located here in Cruz Bay.
For more on exploring the USVIs by charter, check out my complete itinerary for the US Virgin Islands.

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