Find the best place to stay — Great Cruz Bay

Destination guide

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.

Things to do

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.


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 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.

Natural features

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.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Great Cruz Bay?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Great Cruz Bay. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • St. Thomas: 917 vacation rentals
  • East End: 1,714 vacation rentals
  • Sapphire Beach: 1,859 vacation rentals
  • Tortola: 650 vacation rentals
  • The Ritz-Carlton: 78 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Great Cruz Bay! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Great Cruz Bay?

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

  • Charlotte Amalie: 1,468 rentals
  • Estate Smith Bay: 1,715 rentals
  • Estate Nazareth: 1,743 rentals
  • Road Town: 176 rentals
  • Estate Peter Bay: 1,540 rentals

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

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Great Cruz Bay?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Great Cruz Bay are:

  • Cyril E King Airport (STT): 1,758 vacation rentals
  • Terrance B Lettsome International Airport (EIS): 749 vacation rentals
  • Road Town (RAD-Road Town Seaplane Base): 1,622 vacation rentals

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

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Great Cruz Bay?

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

  • Sapphire Beach: 1,859 rentals
  • Caribbean Genealogy Library: 1,845 rentals
  • Virgin Islands National Park: 1,902 rentals
  • Long Bay Beach: 780 rentals
  • Secret Harbour Beach: 1,874 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Great Cruz Bay listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

Explore destinations around Great Cruz Bay

Charlotte Amalie
1,468 vacation rentals
Estate Smith Bay
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Estate Nazareth
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Road Town
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Estate Peter Bay
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Estate Bordeaux
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Estate Enighed
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Fish Bay
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Estate Peterborg
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Estate San Soucci
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Estate Calabash Boom
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