Ok folks, so we get a ton of emails here at News of St. John. And one topic that comes up quite a bit involves parking in Cruz Bay. So today we’re going to let you know who is currently open, and where you can and cannot park.
So anyone who has been to St. John knows that parking comes at a premium. The good news is that the parking lot behind the old First Bank has reopened, adding a good amount of paid parking downtown. We hear that Slim is running the lot, which is great news. This lot is located across from Woody’s and is open daily from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Now there are a few other options for parking in Cruz Bay. Here is a quick rundown:
One small-ish free option is next to the tennis courts in the Bureau of Motor Vehicles lot. This is where the Little Olive food truck is. There are roughly 20 spaces, I believe, but they go fast.
You can also park for free at the customs lot across from the Post Office.
Lot near the old customs building
The small lot across from the BVI ferries in Cruz Bay is also free, as is the teeny lot beside it near the walkway to the National Park Visitor’s Center.
There are a handful of spots across from Mongoose Junction on the road that leads behind the National Park Visitor’s Center. Be careful over there, however, as some spots can only be used at certain hours and others are for permitted vehicles only.
(The gravel lot is free, although I am hesitant to park there as we’ve been hearing some stories regarding vandalism lately. So I would stay away from there until that gets cleaned up.)
Lastly, there are a handful of spots in front of Wharfside that are currently available for free. However I believe this will be changing once more businesses reopen in the waterfront complex. We will keep you posted on that.
Free Parking if You’re Using a Business
There are several parking options you can use if you are visiting a business. Parking at Mongoose Junction, Bayside Mini Mart and Lucky Chops/convenience store are all reserved for customers. If you park in these areas and are not using a business or use a business and then walk around town, you will be at risk for getting a ticket, booted or towed.
Bayside Mini Mart (pre-storm pic)
There are currently a handful of paid lots in Cruz Bay. You can park at the lot behind the old First Bank, which we mentioned above, Slim Man’s which is across from Wharfside Village, or L&L Jeep Rental’s lot which is across from the ball field and next to Extra Virgin Bistro.
Slim Man’s paid parking (pre-storm pic)
L&L Jeep Rental’s paid parking lot (pre-storm pic)
So there you have it folks. News you can use today! Ps: Can you tell that it’s slow season??!!