Hey tourists, this one’s for you…
Are you sick and tired of squeezing all of your liquids into tiny three ounce bottles and then cramming them into a quart size bag all so you don’t have to check a bag at the airport? Are you also sick and tired of lugging your suitcase around Cruz Bay on departure day (aka the walk of woe)? If this sounds like you, you’re going to want to read on.
Chances are you’ve walked past Connections one time or another while strolling the streets of Cruz Bay. Connections is located in an unassuming little building just one block from the passenger ferry dock. It’s a hub of activity for locals, but it also provides some great services for tourists.
Opened by Cid Hamling 32 years ago, Connections is the who, what, where, when and how of St. John. It offers an array of services from mailings to message boards. It receives packages for residents and tourists, and will also hold your bags for a small fee.
For those of you looking to mail a package ahead of time (for example, you’d like to send a full size bottle of shampoo for your vacation or perhaps some sunscreen), Connections will gladly receive the package on your behalf and will store it until your arrival (for a small fee which varies depending on the size and length of storage). If you plan to mail an item to Connections, you must call the office in advance at (340) 776-6922 as postal and Homeland Security requirements are necessary. You can also email them at [email protected]
For those of you who want to enjoy your last few hours on the island sans luggage, you can drop that off at Connections too. Connections charges a storage fee of $3 per bag per day. You do not need to notify Connections in advance to store a bag for a day – simply walk in.
Connections is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. It’s open on Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Connections is closed on Sundays. (Just a little FYI, there is a second Connections location in Coral Bay which opened 21 years ago.)
If you would like to learn more about the services offered at Connections, please visit its website at www.connectionsstjohn.com