Many people think of Cruz Bay as the sailing hot spot on St. John, but Coral Bay is another popular destination amongst local sailors and those who travel from afar.
If you're just wanting to spend a few hours on the water, without the complications and cost of sailing on your own you can take an excursion. Take a look at the chart below for information on area day sail providers.
|Cloud 9 Sailing Adventures||(340) 998-1940||Downtown Cruz Bay|
|Sail Pepper||(340) 771-7011||Coral Bay|
|Salty Dog Day Sails||(340) 244-7290||1.1 mi. (1.8 km) South West of Coral Bay|
|Wish Upon a Star Charters||(631) 946-9292||St. John|
Coral Bay is a unique destination because so many residents are sailors. Because of this, it I fairly simple to find a local to take you out for a day sail, whether for a few hours of liesure, or you want to spend some time snorkeling or even fishing. Some people even opt to hire someone to sail them to Cruz Bay instead of using ground transportation.
Considering the option of renting a boat? View this chart if you want to get in touch with a charter operator serving this area.
|(340) 779-4994||Coral Bay|
|Fly Away Charters||(340) 514-7403||Coral Bay|
|Ocean Runner Power Boat Rentals||(340) 693-8809||4B Cruz Bay - Downtown Cruz Bay|
|St. John Boat Rental||(340) 227-5144||Downtown Cruz Bay|
|Tropic Powerboat Rentals||(340) 776-6462||1.2 mi. (1.9 km) South West of Coral Bay|
|Kalina||(340) 244-9070||1.7 mi. (2.7 km) South West of Coral Bay|
|Kiote Sails||(340) 643-5172||Coral Bay|
If you're sailing a private or chartered yacht to Coral Bay, you'll actually have to make a quick detour to Cruz Bay first. This is the island's official port of entry, and the location of customs. Although there is no permit necessary to cruise around St. John, you will have to clear customs to gain access to the island.
There are no marinas in Coral Bay, so most sailors choose to use the anchorage site in the , or to purchase a permit for overnight mooring in the area. For details about how to do this, contact the Department of Planning and Natural Resources by phone at 340-774-3320 or 340-775-6762. Day-time mooring is free of charge.
Evaluating the option of sailing to Coral Bay in your own vessel, or a boat you charter in a different location? The following table lists area marinas.
|--||Downtown Cruz Bay||St. John|
|(340) 776-6665||Coral Bay||St. John|
|(284) 495-2000||Peter Island Resort & Spa - Peter Island||Peter Island|
|(340) 998-1203||East End||St. Thomas|
|Coral Harbour - Coral Bay||18.3446327255||-64.7128415108|
|Borck Creek - 1.0 mi. (1.5 km) East-Northeast of Coral Bay||18.3532939462||-64.702091217|
|Princess Bay - 1.6 mi. (2.5 km) East-Northeast of Coral Bay||18.3550657952||-64.6928215027|
|Leinster Bay - 1.9 mi. (3.1 km) Northwest of Coral Bay||18.3653299419||-64.7365951329|
|Haulover Bay - 2.4 mi. (3.9 km) East of Coral Bay||18.3489666445||-64.6780157089|
|Francis Bay - 2.3 mi. (3.7 km) West-Northwest of Coral Bay||18.3615013236||-64.7460579872|
|Grootpan Bay - 2.6 mi. (4.2 km) South of Coral Bay||18.3089103318||-64.717862606|
|Saltpond Bay - 2.7 mi. (4.3 km) South of Coral Bay||18.3081565879||-64.7068762779|
There are a few different ways to spend some time sailing around Coral Bay, all you have to do is decide which option works best for you. Will you hire a charter when you arrive, or brave the Caribbean Sea and make the journey on your own? Either way, make sure you find a way to get on a boat during your getaway.
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