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 are just wanting to spend some time on the water, without the cost and responsibility of sailing on your own you can join an excursion. See the listing below to find contact information for area excursion services.

Boat Excursions
Name Phone Location
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
Wish Upon a Star Charters (631) 946-9292 St. John

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.

If you are serious about renting a boat, you can call one of these area companies:

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
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

Individual Charter Boats
Name Phone Location
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 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.

Contemplating sailing to Coral Bay using your own boat, or one you charter? Check out the table below for summary information for area 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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