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Cruz Bay Parking Lot Temporarily Closed

The Customs parking lot in Cruz Bay is temporarily closed.

Hello everyone, and happy Friday! I have a little parking update to share with all of you today.

The Customs parking lot in Cruz Bay will be closed for several weeks. The lot closed yesterday in order to prepare for The Village. The Village is an area where food and drink vendors set up for the festival’s final week. It is also where the music stage is located. The 2023 Festival officially kicked off last weekend. It continues through July 4th.

Parking is currently limited in Cruz Bay. The small area in front of the public restrooms is currently closed. The larger lot across from the Post Office is currently closed. And don’t forget that several of the 30-minute parking spaces along the waterfront are presently reserved for taxis. This is because several taxi spaces are currently roped off due to ongoing construction at the ferry dock. And lastly, a large portion of the gravel lot near the car barge area is closed off for the Kid’s Carnival, which continues through July 5th. Needless to say, parking is tough in Cruz Bay right now.

If you’d like to know where all of the free and paid parking lots are located in Cruz Bay, please check out Explore STJ’s Logistics Map. This searchable map shows free and paid parking lots, plus other helpful information like gas stations, grocery stores, and more. You can view at it

This Weekend’s Carnival Events: 

  • Saturday, June 17th: The 2023 Royalty Pageant is taking place at 6 p.m. in the gravel lot beside the car barge area.
  • Sunday, June 18th: The Children’s Village opens and will feature real carnival rides. This has not happened here on St. John in more than a decade, so needless to say, this mama is super excited about that. The Children’s Village is expected to open mid-afternoon.

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1 Comment

  1. Nick

    Do you happen to know what the situation will be with N Shore Rd (downtown) during carnival? Will it be closed / blocked? ….if so, how would you reach the north shore beaches from Cruz bay? Thank you!

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