Sailing and Boating Near Coral Bay

Sailing is a must in Coral Bay

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 merely want to enjoy some time on the water, without the cost and complications associated with renting a boat you can take an excursion. Want to know more what's included and where you'll go? Check out the chart that follows to find contact phone numbers for area excursion services.

Boat Excursions
Name Phone Location
Born to Rhumb Charters (908) 528-0203 Downtown Cruz Bay
Cloud 9 Sailing Adventures (340) 998-1940 Downtown Cruz Bay
Salty Dog Day Sails (340) 244-7290 1.1 mi. (1.8 km) South West of Coral Bay

Boat Rentals and Charters

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.

Seriously considering chartering a boat? Take a look at this next chart to find out how to reach charter firms serving this region.

Charter and Rental Services
Name Phone Location
Connections Coral Bay (340) 779-4994 Coral Bay
Connections Cruz Bay (340) 776-6922 Cruz Bay
Fly Away Charters (340) 514-7403 Coral Bay
On the Sea charters (850) 339-8113 00831 Cruz Bay, St. John - Downtown Cruz Bay
St. John Boat Rental (340) 227-5144 Downtown Cruz Bay

Individual Charter Boats
Name Phone Location Island
Kiote Sails (340) 643-5172 Coral Bay St. John


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 Coral Harbour, 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.

Do you plan to sail to Coral Bay using your own vessel, or a boat you charter elsewhere? See the table below to find basic information for nearby marinas.

Name Phone Location Island
Caneel Bay Shipyard -- Downtown Cruz Bay St. John
Peter Island Resort & Yacht Harbour (284) 495-2000 Peter Island Resort & Spa - Peter Island Peter Island
Sapphire Beach Marina (340) 998-1203 East End St. Thomas
Nearby Anchorages
Location Latitude Longitude
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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