Destination guide

Island food and relaxed living at Cruz Bay

It's a laid-back vibe and stunning natural beauty that beckon visitors to Cruz Bay on the island of Saint John in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The astoundingly clear waters of Cruz Bay are a beacon to Scuba divers and snorkelers who plunge beneath the waves to admire the vivid coral reef and the beautiful creatures who call it home. Cruz Bay vacation rentals are within walking distance of an excellent and diverse selection of restaurants serving traditional island fare, such as fried mahi-mahi, conch fritters and corn-crusted scallops. They're also great places for live music and cold drinks at sunset.

Things to do

The history of sugar in Cruz Bay

After a fun morning of sailing in Cruz Bay, shoppers can indulge in duty-free shopping on Main Street. Those into history can't miss a tour of the Annaberg Plantation. Built in 1780, it was a thriving sugar-producing factory until slavery was abolished. Today you can tour the slave quarters, windmill and factory ruins, as you discover the often brutal history of sugar production. Cruz Bay vacation rentals are near the heart of town, close to the tree-lined beach where you can go parasailing and paragliding, or kick back in a beach bar and belt out favorite karaoke tunes with friends.


Dancing and watersports in Cruz Bay

Sitting on the island known as the Jewel of the Caribbean, Cruz Bay is surrounded by tropical beauty. Watersports are a big draw for visitors, with fantastic snorkeling and Scuba diving around the bay. Those preferring their watersports above the waves can take catamaran charters and watch the sunset in style, rent dinghies for fun exploration of the coastline or embrace their inner fisherman by joining a fishing tour. Cruz Bay vacation rentals are good for afternoon siestas before a fun evening spent cruising the lively beach bars in town, meeting the locals and dancing to live reggae music.


Idyllic weather in Cruz Bay

Cruz Bay enjoys the idyllic weather so common to its neighbors in the Virgin Islands. Seasons share a similar climate year-round, with only a slight lowering of temperatures in winter to a balmy 71-degree average. Summer temperatures are the hottest, generally around the mid-80s, but are about 2 degrees cooler than nearby islands. The rainy season occurs during fall, and hurricane season arrives in June and departs in November. Although hurricanes can happen any time, the most dangerous months are August and September. With its mild weather year-round, Cruz Bay is an excellent place to visit in any season.

Natural features

Animals in the streets of Cruz Bay

Cruz Bay is a gorgeous cove tucked on the west coast of Saint John in the U.S. Virgin Islands. It looks out to the island of Saint Thomas and sits east of Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. Cruz Bay has beautiful white-sand beaches leading into the warm, turquoise blue waters of the Caribbean Sea. Virgin Islands National Park covers nearly 60% of the island, and is home to an abundance of wildlife. The streets of Cruz Bay will often be roamed by deer, mongoose, donkeys and pigs, and bird lovers can keep a lookout for pelicans, herons and hummingbirds.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Cruz Bay

Fly into St. Thomas (SPB-St. Thomas Seaplane Base), the closest airport, located 10.4 mi (16.7 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you can also fly into St. Thomas (STT-Cyril E. King), which is 12.4 mi (20 km) away.

Can I find a vacation rental around Cruz Bay?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,862 vacation rentals near Cruz Bay. From 638 Villas to 155 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Cruz Bay for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Cruz Bay?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Cruz Bay:

  • Contant & Contant Farms: 458 vacation rentals
  • Point Rendezvous: 137 vacation rentals
  • Rendezvous & Ditleff: 210 vacation rentals
  • Ditleff Point: 85 vacation rentals
  • Skytop: 58 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Cruz Bay?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Cruz Bay. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Sunset Beach: 1,942 vacation rentals
  • St. John Spice: 1,942 vacation rentals
  • Mongoose Junction: 1,942 vacation rentals
  • Elaine Lone Sprauve Library and Museum: 1,942 vacation rentals
  • Battery: 1,937 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Cruz Bay listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Villas in Cruz Bay?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 638 Villas in Cruz Bay. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Cruz Bay include:

  • Houses: 155 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 737 rentals available
  • Cottages: 57 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Cruz Bay?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 1,486 vacation rentals with pool available in Cruz Bay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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