We receive a ton of questions here regarding Wharfside Village. People want to know when The Beach Bar and Joe’s Rum Hut will officially reopen. To be honest. I’d like to know too. Unfortunately I do not know much. Here is what I do know.
For starters, when I refer to Wharfside Village, I am referring to a certain section of the waterfront. Wharfside Village is the beachfront area in Cruz Bay where the grey tile is. It stretches from the former Waterfront Bistro space down to The Beach Bar. The area where Pig & Rooster, Freebird, St. John Beach Bum and St. John Spice are located is a different owner. The area where High Tide, Turquoise Turtle, Sotheby’s and Vibe are located is a third owner. Those two parcels are fully open and have been for quite sometime.
So let’s get back to Wharfside Village. It has secured building permits. That’s a good thing. You can see them posted in various areas on the property. It has also received a substantial insurance payout, according to public record. That’s another good thing.
I can say that work has been happening on the property nearly every day since the hurricanes. But the amount of people working is not very large. In my opinion, they need to rev it up. It’s been nearly 21 months since the hurricanes. It’s time we get our waterfront back.
On the positive side, several businesses in that area are open. Pay 2 Park, Island Cork, Bamboo, Now & Zen, Cruz Bay Clothing and Into the Blue are all open. Here are a few pics:
And here are a few pics of the area near Joe’s Rum Hut, The Beach Bar and The Parrot Club:
So as you can see, work has happened. But not nearly enough. I wish I had better news to share with you all today, but quite honestly, I do not know when these businesses will reopen. All I can say is that I hope it is soon.