Attractions Restaurants St John

Mongoose Junction

This is a page from 1998, where appropriate we have provided links to the stores sill existing. 

Welcome to Mongoose Junction, a truly unique shopping  complex  located near the National Park Visitor’s Center in Cruz Bay, St. John.

Within the beautiful Caribbean architecture of finely crafted stone  walls and exotic woodworking you will find an extraordinary selection of  items from around the world.

Take your time to explore all the shops, watch artists create, relax in  one of the many shaded courtyards, enjoy a tropical afternoon drink, or  join us for an evening of live music and good food.

We’re always glad to see you!

Artisans at work

BATIK KITAB – St. John artist, Juliana Aradi, creates batiks which  capture the colors and images of the islands. Works on silk, cotton,  linens and paper.  

THE CANVAS FACTORY – Since 1980, manufacturing practical and durable canvas bags for personal use, recreation, and business.  Extensive line of quality cotton bags.  

THE CLOTHING STUDIO – At the Caribbean’s oldest hand painted clothing studio (in operation since 1978), you can watch talented artists create original designs on fine tropical clothing. 

DONALD SCHNELL STUDIO – Artist at work creating handcrafted pottery reflecting the feel of the islands.  Hand blown and stained glass from St. John and the world.  

BAJO EL SOL GALLERY & STUDIO – Representing works by Les Anderson, Kat Sowa and Aimee Tryser, featuring and variety of Caribbean inspired fine art originals, prints and crafts. 
 340  693-7070,  FAX  340  693-7765

WORLD VIEW GRAPHICS – Variety of bold graphic designs combines with  unique hand-painting to create this colorful, fun-to-wear sportswear. Artisans at work.

 Clothing & Accessories

BAMBOULA – A beautifully arranged collection of primitive art, clothing, beads, baskets and textiles displayed on old-style Caribbean furniture, also for sale. Open until 9:30 Monday – Saturday.            340  693-8699

BIG PLANET ADVENTURE OUTFITTERS – Specializing in top name men’s, women’s and children’s clothing beachwear, footwear and accessories from Teva, Patagonia, Timberland, Birkenstock, Revo and Jams World.  340  776-6638

BOUGAINVILLEA – Island resort wear for men & ladies … featuring tropical clothing & accessories, shoes & hats, and a special gift collection for the island lifestyle. – 340  693-7190

 Gifts & Galleries

FABRIC MILL – A must for people who love color… a multitude of bright colorful fabrics, rugs and sarongs; whimsical soft sculpture.  All located in an elegant two story building.   340  776-6194 – FAX 340-693-8876

ISLAND FANCY – A colorful Caribbean shop with something for everyone! Tropical gifts and art, books and music, Virgin Island spices and St. John specialties. Open everyday!  809-776-6940

MAPes MONDe Ltd. – Fine reproductions of historic Caribbean maps, etchings and paintings in quality prints and note cards. Books about island history and gifts.  

WICKER WOOD & SHELLS – Gifts Inspired by Nature. Handcrafted items from around the world. Original art, prints, crafts, local books, cards, calendar.  

ART GALLERY at WICKER WOOD & SHELL – Original Art and Fine Crafts.  Representing painters well known for St. John scenes.  Bavano sculptures, decorative accents, picture frames, glass, designer jewelry, objects d’art. 


THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS – Fine jewelry and fine craft gallery, representing a diversity of talented craft artists from on-island and off-island. Exclusive Designs, home accents, island inspired gifts.  340  693-7005

CARAVAN GALLERY – A rich display of handmade silver and gold jewelry, artifacts and unique gifts from St. John and around the world, in a beautiful museum-like setting. 340  779-4566

COLOMBIAN EMERALDS INTERNATIONAL – The  world’s leading Emerald jeweler offers a dazzling selection of precious gemstones and 14kt and 18kt gold jewelry. Authorized dealers for the best known names in watches.

R&I PATTON GOLDSMITHING – Owners Rudy and Irene Patton design and, with their expert staff create the majority of the gemstones 14 and 18 karat gold, and sterling silver jewelry found in their beautiful island-stone and mahogany building.  Treasure coins, ancient coins and petroglyphs are Rudy’s specialty.  top Grade Tahitian pearls and gemstones are hand selected by Irene.  Also featured are a large unusual selection of loose earl opal inlay, and wedding bands.  This knowledgeable, friendly group welcomes you.  Catalog available. –   800  626-3445, 340  776-6548 – FAX 809-779-4816

 Professionals Services

CATERED TO, INC. – Vacation Rentals:  Over 25 Rental villas for 2 to 10 persons, simple to sophisticated, beautifully furnished and landscaped, with spacious decks, outstanding views, most with pools. 

HOLIDAY HOMES OF ST. JOHN, INC. – St. John’s oldest and largest Real Estate Firm offering residential commercial, and land properties. A professional sales staff striving to make your dreams reality.

TOWN & COUNTRY REAL ESTATE, INC. – From Seashore to Mountain Top,  from Cruz Bay to Coral Bay; professional and personalized service,  exclusively On St. John. 

 Personal Services

THE GRAPEVINE SALON – Complete beautification for the whole you.  Fill hair, nail, and skin care services available,  Appointments recommended.  

 Restaurants & Cafes

GECKO GAZEBO – Sit, relax and enjoy a cool tropical drink at our open-air bar overlooking beautiful Mongoose Junction. – 340  693-8340

MONGOOSE RESTAURANT, DELI & BISTRO – Garden Restaurant, serving  breakfast, lunch and dinner. Deli features a full line of delicious takeouts, fresh baked goodies and picnic supplies. Open 7 days. Entertainment weekly. 

PARADISE RESTAURANT – Open 7 days a week. 4:30 p.m. until. Casually elegant dining of ltalian-American cuisine. Air conditioned or sunset second floor dining. 

SUN DOG CAFE – Be seated at one of our shaded tables and let us serve you lunch in the courtyard.  We feature a menu of homemade salads, overstuffed sandwiches and ice cream. – 340  693-8340

 Water sports

PROPER YACHTS – Crewed or barefoot yachts from a fleet of 42 ft. to  59 ft. Hinckley Yachts. Yacht sales, service and management. 

HURRICANE ALLEY. – Active clothes for he whole family.  T-shirts, casual clothes, bathing suits, sunglasses, film and more… Snorkel gear or rent.  Daily day sails, dives and snorkel strips 


Attractions St John

Reef Bay Trail

(2.2 miles, 2 hours) This trail begins on Centerline Road. The trail descends through a shady forest. There are a variety of plant life to be seen on the Reef trail. The trail passes through several sugar estates along the way. Not to be missed are ancient rock carvings (“petroglyphs”) made by Taino Indians, one of the mo st famous attractions in the USVI.The trail ends at the Reef Bay sugar mill near Genti Bay. Guided Hikes are available with a National Park ranger.

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Salt Pond Trail

(0.2 miles, 15 minutes) Pleasant down hill hiking through arid vegetation to beach at Salt Pond Bay. One of the prettiest beaches in the US Virgin Islands.

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(0.2 miles, 30 minutes) Historic hike through the ruins of a USVI sugar plantation. One of the most popular attractions in the US Virgin Islands. A self-guiding walking tour of the Annaberg Sugar Mill Ruins is a short distance uphill from this area. There is a great viewing point form Annaberg Mill.

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Francis Bay Trail

(0.5 miles, 30 minutes) Begins at the we st end of the Mary Creek.The trail passes through a dry forest and leads past the Francis Bay Estate House and onto the beach. A mangrove fore st and brackish pond provide good bird habitat. An area has been cleared for viewing pond bird life.

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Cinnamon Loop Trail

(0.5 mile, 1 hour) Shady and signed, this history-nature loop trail passes through an old sugar factory, an old Danish cemetery and native tropical trees. The trail begins a few yards east of entrance road into Cinnamon Bay Campground.

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Lind Point Trail

(1.1 miles, 1 hour)The trail connects the US Virgin Islands National Park Visitor Center at Cruz Bay with Honeymoon Beach and Caneel Bay. The hike climbs 0.4 miles to the scenic Lind Point overlook. A side-trail leads to Solomon Beach. The trail will take you through semi-dry forest and cactus scrubs.

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Trunk Bay Kiosk

Open All Year

The kiosk provides Park information and literature. Information is also posted on bulletin boards located throughout the Park.

Available Facilities

Facilities at Trunk Bay include showers; a snack bar that sells sandwiches and cool drinks; a watersports shop that rents snorkeling equipment and beach chairs; and a small gift shop.

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Cinnamon Bay Watersports Shop

A watersports shop at Cinnamon Bay rents snorkeling equipment, sea kayaks, sailboards, and small sailboats and provides lessons.