St. John, VI 00831
Cruz Bay Description
Take a splashy, breezy ferry ride to St. John and watch eyes widen as you dock at the sorbet-colored Wharfside Village, a complex of boutiques, restaurants, and galleries. Roam its outdoor corridors, sip fresh-ingredient concoctions at Joe's Rum Hut (perched shore-side so the kids can romp, stroll, and even swim). Walk over to the venerable Mongoose Junction, whose stone buildings host local art, apparel, jewelry, and open-air restaurants. A contrast to the bustle of Charlotte Amalie, Cruz Bay is more sedate, with unique boutiques and minimal traffic.
School-Age Kids: The soft-serve ice cream may be their favorite purchase. Head to I Scream at Wharfside -- just stroll the corridors and you'll find it.
Pre-Teens & Teens: Don't want to shop? Dinghies, kayaks, even a large power boat are available for rent at Wharfside Village.
- Special shopping. Both complexes feature stores kids of all ages will enjoy. To learn more, visit each center's website: www.wharfsidevillage.com and www.mongoosejunctionstjohn.com.
- Bring a towel and bathing suits. Kids will gravitate to the shoreline while at Wharfside. Mongoose Junction's Grotto Deli is a convenient spot to pick up picnic supplies.
Just the Facts
Hours: Mid-to-late morning through early evening; some variation in the summer season.
Recommended Time: 1 to 2 hours