Great Cruz Bay, Cruz Bay, US Virgin Islands

Great Cruz Bay, Cruz Bay, US Virgin Islands

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Where to stay near Great Cruz Bay, VI?

Our 2018 property listings offer a large selection of 1,491 vacation rentals near Great Cruz Bay. From 609 villas to 502 condos, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Great Cruz Bay for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

Beautiful beach paradise in Great Cruz Bay

Caribbean island destinations don't come more perfect than the US Virgin Island of St John. Great Cruz Bay, on the south side of the island, is a picture-perfect cove with a man-made beach of gentle golden sand where yachts bob on the oh-so-blue waters and the ferry arrives from Charlotte Amalie, the capital of the US Virgin Islands on the neighboring isle of St Thomas. Great Cruz Bay is the busiest town on the island of St John and here you will find local bars and restaurants, as well as most of the island's vacation rentals.

Charter a boat in Great Cruz Bay

From your Great Cruz Bay vacation rental, pick up a sightseeing charter from Great Cruz Bay harbor then set sail to explore some of the secluded coves and beaches around St John. Dive into the crystal-clear turquoise waters and, if you're lucky, you'll be swimming alongside turtles and spotted eagle rays. A charter is also a great way to explore some of the other destinations in this Caribbean island chain; Charlotte Amalie is the place to head for the best of the USVI's duty-free shopping. Or some boat charters offer specialized angling excursions so you can try your hand at sport fishing for marlin, mahi-mahi and tuna.

Great Cruz Bay's jungle trails

From your Great Cruz Bay vacation rental, you can hire a jeep to explore St John's rugged interior. Two thirds of the island is given over to the thickly forested hillsides of the Virgin Islands National Park. Great Cruz Bay is home to the Park's visitor center. Here, you'll be able to find out about the 20 trails around the Park. Some local tour companies offer guided hikes to explore St John's tropical forest. The visitor center can provide you with maps and leaflets detailing the island's historic sights, including sugar mill ruins and petroglyphs. These incredible rock carvings are another fascinating reason to explore the Park's trails.

Great Cruz Bay through the seasons

You can be assured of sunny days and warm temperatures hovering in the 70s and 80s whatever season you visit the US Virgin Islands, but the months of September through November can be wet as well. Peak season for Great Cruz Bay vacation rentals runs during the driest months of December through March but, on the idyllic island of St John, peak season never feels like peak season. With a national park covering two thirds of the island and the island accessible only by ferry or boat, you can always find a quiet and tranquil spot to sit back, relax and soak up some sunshine.

Forests and Reefs near Great Cruz Bay

The Virgin Islands National Park is home to diverse hiking trails. Some of the beaches of the island, such as Salomon Bay, are only accessible by boat or by hiking trail so keen hikers can be rewarded with quiet empty sands at the mid-point of their trek. The area around Salomon Bay and neighboring Honeymoon Bay offers some of the finest snorkeling on St John's north shore. The reef is visible above the surface during extreme low tides so care should be taken when exploring this colorful coral landscape. Kayaking is another popular way to explore the coastline.