Awhile back, we stumbled across a RFP to pave the lot and install lighting, so we knew this was all on the horizon. And now, according to the Tradewinds News, the Coastal Zone Management Board approved to pave the lot, which means that paid parking is undoubtedly happening at some point.
If you’re not familiar with the lot, it’s the one in Cruz Bay adjacent to the car barge area. It’s currently marked as a 72-hour lot and many police vehicles often park there.
So what free options will remain in Cruz Bay once this happens? Here’s a brief and updated rundown of Cruz Bay parking options which we posted earlier this year:
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.
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.
Lastly, 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.
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 The Fish Trap/convenience store are all reserved for customers. Parking up at the Lumberyard is also reserved for people using a business. 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.
There are currently four paid lots in Cruz Bay. You can park at Wharfside Village, Slim Man’s which is across from Wharfside Village, L&L Jeep Rental’s lot which is across from the ball field and next to Extra Virgin Bistro, or the latest paid parking lot located at the old First Bank.
My guess is that it will take a bit of time to get this project going. We will keep you all posted.