Mongoose Junction

by Female Abroad

Arriving on the island there is not a lot to do besides head to the beach or shop at some of the local duty free shops. The closest spot to the ferry depot is Mongoose Junction. This outdoor tree house inspired shopping center is made up of stone and mahogany with winding walk ways with shops, art galleries, as well as restaurants hidden around various corners. Even though it was outside it was shaded so it wasn't as hot as we were expecting it to be. While it was under construction on the upper level (looked like a couple new shops) the lower / mid-levels were full of about 30 different shops and restaurants. If you are on your way to the beach or just killing time waiting for the ferry, the Junction is worth the time to explore.


  1. Bamboula - mix of home decor, clothing, and more
  2. Big Planet - for over 20 years they have been providing clothing for island living
  3. Just Beach - everything needed for the beach + snorkel gear rental
  4. Made in St. John - locally designed and printed clothing


  1. R&I Patton Goldsmith - silver & gold jewelry designed by two sisters over the last 45 years
  2. Little Switzerland - Rolex & Pandora seller
  3. Vibe Jewelry - handcrafted and designed by local artists

Art Gallery

  1. Bajo el Sol Gallery - art gallery, bookstore, cafe, and rum bar
  2. Caravan Gallery - Hook Bracelet is sold here, wide range of unique styles
  3. St. John Experience Gallery - photos from around the island

Local Gifts & Souvenirs

  1. Friends of the Park Store - clothing, stuffies, guidebooks, and more
  2. Island Fancy - tropical themed gifts
  3. Portico - clothing, beauty, jewelry, home decor, and more
  4. Sugar Birds - variety of souvenirs and gifts
  5. St. John Brewers Brewtique - clothing, gifts, drink mixes, and more

Excursions / Activities

  1. Trevor's Activity Center - boat charters and more
  2. Just Beach - snorkel rental
  3. Arawak Adventures - fly fishing, SUP, snorkeling, kayaking tours, and more


  1. Sun Dog Cafe - healthy brunch, lunch, and dinner
  2. Gecko Gazebo - the bar at the Sun Dog Cafe
  3. St. John Brewers, The Tap Room - craft beers and artisan sodas
  4. North Shore Deli - breakfast, sandwiches, and deli offerings
  5. St. John Scoops - homemade ice cream
  6. Greengos Caribbean Cantina - Mexican fusion with a large tequila selection

There was also a ReMax which was interesting to read how they described hurricane damaged properties as well as the pricing of what these places go for.