St. John is the smallest of the three US Virgin Islands, measuring 5 miles wide by 9 miles long. Some two-thirds of St. John and large stretches of its coastal waters, are now included in the Virgin Islands National Park. It was established in 1956 on the initiative of Laurence Rockefeller, who bought the former sugar island and donated the land to the American people. St. John is now a great attraction for nature lovers and diving enthusiasts, with its small population living mainly from tourism.
Cruz Bay is located on the west coast of Saint John and is the island's largest commercial center and the location of the main port of the island. The primary access to Saint John is through Cruz Bay Harbor with frequent barge and ferry services which connect Saint John to the neighbouring more-developed island of Saint Thomas. Ferries also run regularly between Cruz Bay and Tortola, Virgin Gorda, and Jost Van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands.
Cruz Bay beach is lined with beach bars and shops, plus a casino. The beach has soft white sand, a designated swimming area, and space for day boaters to anchor.