Cruz Bay Real Estate Guide
As St. John’s main settlement and port of entry, Cruz Bay is a quaint, quintessential Caribbean town complete with colorful buildings, beautiful shopping areas and restaurants, bars on the beach and tropical plants and palms. Its small-town atmosphere is precisely what makes St. John so endearing. All the amenities and activities you could want are within walking distance in the town, and St. Thomas is just a short ferry or car-carrying barge ride away. By living in Cruz Bay St John, you are making a choice to enjoy island living and local color at its best.
Cruz Bay’s vibrancy as the social and economic hub of the island makes it one of the most popular St. John communities. The pedestrian-friendly town features an eclectic array of restaurants, bars, boutiques, galleries and dive shops. With all of those attractions within walking distance, many who live in Cruz Bay choose not to own a vehicle and instead rely on the island’s open-air taxis called “Safaris” to get around in a cost-effective manner. Since St. John doesn’t have an airport, Cruz Bay is most visitors’ first view of St. John unless they arrive by private boat to another part of the island.
Bustling with people from around the world and activity, the bay is rimmed with restaurants and boutique shops that are considered among the best in the Virgin Islands. Mongoose Junction, a uniquely handcrafted Caribbean outdoor mall constructed from gorgeous local stone, houses a variety of high-quality clothing shops, art galleries, upscale restaurants, and businesses. There is also a boutique hotel in Cruz Bay, Marketplace Suites, which provides a wonderful place to stay for visitors. Cruz Bay is also home to the Virgin Islands National Park Visitors Center, the launching pad to learn about the history of the island and its flora and fauna, as well as about the noteworthy preservation efforts that led to nearly two-thirds of the island being preserved.