The mini nautical version of Lime Out, this floating taco shack & bar is towed into Hansen Bay each day and opens at 11am serving delicious drinks and some of the best tacos you will find in the Virgin Islands. Boats pull up alongside, dinghies come over from nearby charter sailboats and most importantly, St. John visitors can drive out to Hansen Bay, pay the $3 fee for parking, and rent a kayak or paddle board (or bring a previously rented one from say Virgin Islands Expedition Co.) and paddle out. Sit yourself on one of the underwater seats or belly up (under water) to the floating platform, order a drink and some tacos, and enjoy a truly unique St. John experience. Think of it as a deuced up Angel’s Rest mixed together with Soggy Dollar Bar.
Just one bay west of Chocolate Hole, Great Cruz Bay is surrounded by island villas and the Westin Resort. The beach was man made but hosts multiple water sport activities from boat charters to paddle boards.
Support St. John by shopping at the Friends of the Virgin Islands National Park's two store locations - Mongoose Junction and the VINP Visitor's Center. You’ll find locally made gifts, art, maps, and you can arrange to join a variety of ranger-led programs in the park.
Just Beach! has your beach needs covered. Stop here for snorkel gear, sunscreen, beach toys, and a great selection of swimwear and resort fashion. Located in Mongoose Junction.
I scream, you scream, we all scream for St. John Scoops! The perfect afternoon stop after a day at the beach, St. John Scoops has a rotating menu of house-made flavors. Our favorites include salted caramel and butter pecan, but the painkiller (with booze) is also a winner.
Your stop for tropical gifts and souvenirs, Island Fancy is located in Mongoose Junction. It boasts a variety of Caribbean crafts, including Christmas ornaments. You’ll also find toys and games, VI flags, and locally made products.
You can find Vibe in 3 locations throughout Cruz Bay - Wharfside, Mongoose Junction, and near the ferry dock. Known for their sterling silver designs, frequently accented with Larimar, Vibe’s handcrafted jewelry makes for a great reminder of your island visit.
Located in Mongoose Junction, Big Planet is a three-level shopping bonanza. They have a great selection of t-shirts, swimwear, beach apparel, flip-flops, sunscreen, and more!
Made in St.-John has apparel for whole family, designed and printed locally on St. John. Stop by the shop in Mongoose Junction for their incredibly soft tees and sweatshirts.
Chocolate Sea Salt. Strawberry Limeade. Pina Colada. How to choose? Load up a cooler of these locally made ice pops and enjoy them at the villa all week! Irie Pops offers organic, all-natural, dairy-free treats from their cute new shop on the North Shore Road. They also have beer & water, sunscreen, and some great Irie swag.
Bamboula offers an amazing assortment of clothing & accessories, home decor, and Caribbean art. It’s located in Mongoose Junction and shouldn’t be missed.
Frank Bay is a cute small beach a short walk out of Cruz Bay past Grande Bay and Gallows Point. There are a few spots to park your car and even a small art gallery just across the road. Frank Bay is a perfect spot to just sit, jump in the water for a few minutes, or bring a beverage and watch the sunset - 99 times out of 100 you’ll be all by yourself.
Opened in late 2018, Maho Crossroads is a kind of mini beach oasis in the sand that is evolving across the road from the west end of Maho Bay. With over a dozen parking spots, a tiki bar, small clothing shop, and food van, you can spend the day relaxing on Maho then walk down for a snack and a drink and lunch and talk with some fellow St. John lovers - then return to your beach chair and enjoy the view.
Carol and her husband provide a great service on St. Thomas and literally live up to their name with beaming smiles and a comfortable ride.
Call Carol at 340-643-5837 to arrange a ride from the airport to Redhook or back again.
We can’t say enough about this hidden gem of a clinic between Cruz Bay and Great Expectations. Located on the 2nd floor above St. John Market, they have office hours Monday - Friday. They prefer appointments, but we have stopped in last minute before and only sat 20-25 minutes before being squeezed in.
The staff is very friendly, they take down extensive medical history notes and smile all the while - probably because they live here!
New owners (since hurricanes of 2017) Jay & Kimberly provide full day power catamaran charters for up to 12 guests for USVI and BVI day trips. They can pick guests up in Red Hook, St. Thomas or Cruz Bay’s National Parks dock on St. John and take you cruising around the islands.
We have personally chartered Soulshine’s 44’ Lagoon catamaran 3 times for 3-5 night trips around the Virgins and have nothing but great things to say about Captain Jim & first mate Megan and the service they provide while up to 3 couples (6 guests) stay with them. They typically provide 2 out of 3 meals a day and all beverages. Depending of course on conditions, you could sail to Anegada for a night or 2, St. Croix, around the BVI, USVI or even over to Puerto Rico, Culebra and Vieques.
Soulshine also does day charters around the USVI and BVI for up to 12 guests.
A full service catering company and private chef service that has catered dinners at Great Expectations for years, Mat Vacharat and his team do a wonderful sunset dinner for 2, a complete villa dinner for the entire family or the entire wedding reception.