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 



Pistarkle Cottage


 on the Island of

St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands

Pistarkle Cottage  
(a West Indian home rental) is meant for those seeking quiet and seclusion.

 Situated on the eastern tip of St. John its view is sprinkled with the British Virgin Islands of Norman, Peter, Cooper, Salt, Fallen Jerusalem, Virgin Gorda and Tortola. The day begins watching a sunrise directly in front of your balcony over Privateer Bay and Flanagan Island; it ends watching a sunset over Bordeaux Mountain from the cottage’s front terrace.

 Tradewinds keep you cool 12 months a year.

Enjoy total privacy on its1.4 acres fenced to protect landscaping against goats & donkeys. Atop the hill the site has a 300 degree view of St. Croix, Coral Harbor & the British Virgins. Blossoming Privateer Bay Estates offers paved roads and underground utilities. As part of the East End community it is 40 minutes from Cruz Bay, the hub of St. John life where the ferries from St. Thomas (20 minutes) and Tortola (30 minutes) arrive daily, and 15 minutes from historic Coral Bay, the second of the island’s towns.

Upstairs the gray shingled cottage, completed in 1994, offers 1 bedroom (king-sized bed), 1 bath, kitchen, 15’x20′ living/diningroom with 12′ sliding louvred mahogany doors opening onto a 12’x30′ easterly deck for sunbathing. Deck furniture allows for dining out of doors.

Downstairs houses 1 bedroom (queen-sized bed), lavatory, outdoor shower, & laundry room with washer/dryer. Pistarkle Cottage has both a white (drinking water caught on the roof) and gray (gardening water caught on the driveway) water cistern. A 12-volt solar power system supplies hot water, & when power outages occur, a light in each room & a water pump.



The island of St. John comprises 10,600 acres of land and bays 2/3 of which was donated to the U.S. as a National Park in 1956 by Laurance Rockefeller. The U.S. National Park Service has a strong presence on the island offering 22 self-guided trails and a conducted hike to Reef Bay. The result is a get-away island of sparkling beaches, quiet lagoons, underwater coral gardens, scenic roads, walking trails, tropical foliage, 18th & 19th century plantation ruins. Fahrenheit temperatures from Christmas to Easter are in the 80s (26.5-32 Celsius) daytime, 70s (21-26) at night; April through November are about 10% higher. U.S. duty-free shopping in Cruz Bay offers both charming merchandise and venues. You will find some of the finest Caribbean & international cuisine.