Daffodil Villa St John US Virgin Islands

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Beaches & Snorkeling

Check out www.stjohnbeachguide.com

Hawksnest Calm, pretty beach close to town with reasonable snorkeling. Watch for turtles.
Trunk Bay Federally run beach. There is a life guard on duty and an entrance fee of $3 but that will also get you in to the Annaberg Ruins that same day and vice versa. There is a snorkel trail. Downside to this beach is the fact that they bring the passengers over from the cruise boats in St. Thomas so it can get crowded. Look for the four large resident tarpon.
Cinnamon Federally run but no charge. There is a campground as well. Kayaks can be rented. Beautiful beach and good snorkeling.
Maho Lovely, if a little narrow, beach next to road.
Francis Harder to get to, so is much less crowded. Good snorkeling along the right hand side of the beach and good for those who are a bit more timid on snorkeling as it gets shallow enough to put your feet down. In the heart of the National Park. There are tables, benches and places to barbeque.
Turner's Point Has canyons. Only accessible by boat.
Hurricane Hole Fish nursery and neat mangroves. Also only accessible by boat.
Waterlemon Cay Turtle hang out. Moderate snorkeling.
Salt Pond Healthy swim out to the reef, but well worth the effort.
Hansen Bay Across from Miss Vie's Snack Shack (she serves her special garlic chicken only on weekends) She charges $2.50pp admission fee for the beach and if she's not open there is an honor box.

Hiking, Shopping, Boats and Groceries

Hiking Reef Bay Trail. Takes you all the way down to Reef Bay. There is a ruined sugar mill there as well. It’s a long hike.
Shopping Mongoose Junction, Wharfside Village and shops near Shipwreck Landing.

Many and varied. You can rent a Zodiac to go round to the beaches, or a small power boat. Novices may want to hire a captain which is definitely worth the money, since not only do they know all the best snorkel spots and reef danger zones, you are freed up for picture taking and the occasional beer. There are cruises on catamarans and sailing boats, as well as larger motor boat cruises for snorkeling the U.S.VI or B.VI. There are some wonderful places to see and snorkel in B.VI. so it’s worth a day trip.

  • Ocean Runners – 340.693.8809
  • Noah’s Little Arks – 340.693.9030
Groceries Starfish Market, Dolphin Market or Pine Peace Market (this one is tiny and on the way out of Cruz Bay going to the house on the left hand side. Starfish is the big main market. If you make a trip to Red Hook, there is a market just up the street from the ferry dock which is excellent and often has better and cheaper produce and meat variety. They have good wines as well.


R=Reservations Recommended   L=Lunch   D=Dinner   T=Take Out
Asolare 340.779.4747 Cruz Bay Asian Fusion D/R/$$$
The Banana Deck 340.693.5055 Across from Wharfside Village Casual L/D/$-$$
The Beach Bar 340.777.4220 Wharfside Village Live Music
Sunday Jazz
All day $-$$
Chateau Bordeaux 340.776.6611 Bordeaux Mtn International (Closed Sat)
Café Roma 340.776.6524 Cruz Bay Italian (Closed Sun)
Chilly Billy's 340.693.8708 Cruz Bay Breakfast
Chloe & Bernard's 340.714.6075 Westin International D/R/$$$
The Fish Trap 340.693.9994 Raintree Ct Seafood (Closed Mon)
Happy Fish 340.776.1717 Marketplace Japanese/Sushi L/D/$$
Inn at Tamarind Court 340.776.6378 Cruz Bay International B/D/T/$$
Island Blues 340.776.6800 Coral Bay Casual Live Music L/D/$-$$
La Tapa 340.693.7755 Cruz Bay Mediterranean D/$$-$$$
The Lime Inn 340.776.6425 Cruz Bay Lobster/International D/R/$$-$$$
Miss Lucy's 340.693.5244 Coral Bay Caribbean/Sunday Brunch L/D/$-$$
Morgan's Mango 340.693.8141 Mongoose J Caribbean D/$$
Paradiso 340.693.8899 Mongoose J Northern Italian D/R/$$$
Rhumb Lines 340.776.0303 Meada's Plaza Asian Fusion D/$$
Shipwreck Landing 340.693.5640 Coral Bay Eclectic/Seafood L/D/$-$$
Skinny Legs 340.779.4982 Coral Bay Sandwiches and Hamburgers L/D/$
Sogo's 340.693.8881 Cruz Bay Latin L/D/$
Stone Terrace 340.693.9370 Cruz Bay International D/R/$$$
Sun Dog Café 340.693.8340 Mongoose J Lunch/Cocktails L/$-$$
Tage 340.715.4270 Cruz Bay French Fusion D/R/$$$
Uncle Joe's 340.693.8806 Opp P.O.
Best Barbeque D/T/$
Vie's Snack Shack 340.693.5033 Hansen Bay West Indian Snacks $
Woody's 340.779.4625 Cruz Bay Bar Style Food L/D/$-$$
ZoZo's 340.693.9200 Gallows Point Italian (Closed Sun)
  • Miss Lucy's has a full moon party each month.
  • Woody's is a bar hang out for locals and visitors alike and is open until late.
  • Beach Bar has live music on Thursday through Sunday.
  • Uncle Joe's barbeque is really the very best. For those who travel the Caribbean on a regular basis, Joe's uncle was Uncle Ernie at Shoal Bay in Anguilla and the recipe for his dry rub is the same. Unfortunately Uncle Ernie is no longer with us, but Joe carries on the tradition. His combo plate will easily feed two!
  • Up by the Sun Dog Café is a small round bar called the Gecko Gazebo. It's right in the middle of the shops so when you are shopped out, or your significant other wants to wait for you, it's a great place to hang and people watch.
  • Chilly Billy's has a great brunch/breakfast and a great Bloody Mary. Essential after too much rum from the Beach Bar or Woody's the night before!
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