THE VIEW FROM THE LIND POINT BATTERY OVERLOOK
Photo by Gerald Singer
The harbor is divided into two sections separated by a point of land. The southern area with the
town dock and the beach is called Cruz Bay. The northern section is called The Creek.
The view from the LIND POINT BATTERY OVERLOOK is one of unspoiled tropical scenery
mixed with the beginnings of modern development. On the left you can see a series of hip roofed
structures that serve as housing for National Park e.cgioyees and the headquarters for the Virgin
Islands Biosphere Reserve. To the right of these houses you can see the co.cgiex of buildings on,
what is now called Morrisette Hill. Below is the Cruz Bay Creek with the sea.cgiane ramp, gas
dock, car barges, commercial vessels, Customs Building, reception area for the cruise ship tenders
and the National Park Service Visitors Center.
Mongoose Junction is behind the Creek on the left side, and the Cruz Bay Battery which houses the
governmental offices of St. John is on the point of land which separates Cruz Bay from the Creek.
On the right side of Cruz Bay Harbor is the beach, the main ferry dock and the boats at anchor in the
bay. The gray buildings on the southern point of the harbor are the Gallows Point Condominiums.
Looking out at the outer islands, starting from the south, you can see St. Croix, Dog Island, Little St.
James and Great St. James. In the distance is the island of Frenchcap Cay, or Frenchman's Cap, so
named because of it's shape.
Right outside of Cruz Bay harbor is Steven's Cay, the small island that you pass on the ferry coming
in and out of St. John. Between St. Thomas and Great St. James is Current Cut with the light buoy
on top of Current Rocks. In the distance, over the northern tip of Great St. James, is Buck Island and
the Buck Island lighthouse.