Coakley Bay Beach

Known for its snorkeling opportunities, Coakley Bay Beach remains undeveloped. Though you may look forward to the idea of having an entire beach to yourself, make sure to always bring a friend for safety's sake.

Located near the middle of the island of St. Croix, Coakley Bay Beach is on the North edge of the island, You should consider stopping by whether or not you're staying very close.

How to Access The Beach
Coakley Bay Beach is accessible off a dirt road leading off from Route 82. Look out for a small sign that reads "Nature Preserve of St. Croix Environmental Association."

Amenities and Ambiance

Featuring white sands and lots of sea grass, Coakley Bay Beach is a great spot for visitors who are looking to steer clear of large resort crowds. Sea grape trees provide shade on these deserted shores.

Please note that public restrooms are not available, so those of you traveling with small children may want to consider another spot.

What's Nearby


You'll find this beach on the North coast of St. Croix; it's located near attractions like Coakley Bay Ruins, which is not very far away, so some will want to take a cab, while others will find it a nice walk.

If you want to mix a little culture with your trip to the beach, you should consider a trip to Steeple Building. This museum is located a quick taxi trip away, giving you a chance to see, and learn about, even more of the area.

If your taste for travel keeps you looking for new activity and attraction options, this beach isn't far from any of the items in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Coakley Bay Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Coakley Bay Ruins Historical Site 0.2 mi. E St. Croix
Green Cay National Wildlife Refuge Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 1.5 mi. WNW Green Cay
Reef Golf Course Golf Course 2.2 mi. E St. Croix
Buccaneer Golf Course Golf Course 2.3 mi. W St. Croix
Divi Carina Bay Casino Casino 2.8 mi. ESE St. Croix
Fort Louisa Augusta Light Lighthouse 3.3 mi. W St. Croix
D C Canegata Ballpark Sporting Event Venue 3.4 mi. WSW St. Croix
Fort Christiansted Historical Site 3.9 mi. W St. Croix
Customs House Historical Site 3.9 mi. W St. Croix
Steeple Building Museum 3.9 mi. W St. Croix
Scale House Historical Site 4.0 mi. W St. Croix
Mitchell Larsen Studio Art Gallery 4.0 mi. W St. Croix

Cities and Towns

Coakley Bay Beach is in the Christiansted area, so a trip into the city——for snacks, drinks, and other attractions——is a convenient option. Christiansted is the closest city and is a region with interesting things to do, yet is never overly congested. From the shore, Christiansted isn't far off, about four miles (six and a half kilometers).


The number of other vacationers sharing this coastline can vary widely, depending on when you visit, and how packed the nearby hotels are. At this beach, you can expect to share the sand with more than a few vacationers who are staying in the area.

Vacationers will find a decent assortment of lodging options to pick from in the vicinity of Coakley Bay Beach. The closest of which are listed in the table that follows.

Accommodations near Coakley Bay Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Chenay Bay Beach Resort 0.9 mi. W Hotel
Tamarind Reef Hotel 1.8 mi. W Resort
Buccaneer 2.5 mi. W Resort
Divi Carina Bay Resort & Casino 2.8 mi. ESE Resort
Hotel on the Cay 3.9 mi. W Hotel
King Christian Hotel 4.0 mi. W Hotel
Hotel Caravelle 4.1 mi. W Hotel
Holger Danske Hotel 4.1 mi. W Hotel
Club Comanche 4.2 mi. W Hotel
Carringtons Inn 4.9 mi. WSW Hotel


If you're looking for a place to eat after, or even during, your visit to the beach, you'll have your pick of different cuisines and dining styles nearby. One of the closest places to eat is Cultured Pelican. This restaurant offers a menu of Italian cuisine. They are also known for serving pasta and pizza.

The following table provides a list of dining options located near this beach.

Restaurants near Coakley Bay Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Cultured Pelican (340) 773-3333 Italian Informal -- --
Cheeseburgers in Paradise (340) 773-1119 American Very Casual 1.2 mi. W
The Galleon (340) 718-9948 Caribbean, Pan Asian / Pacific Rim Fine Dining 1.6 mi. W
Blue Water Terrace (340) 692-2583 International Very Casual 1.7 mi. E
Deep End Bar & Grill (340) 718-7071 American, Caribbean -- -- --
Duggan's Reef (340) 773-9800 Caribbean Fine Dining 2.4 mi. E
Good Spirits -- -- -- 2.4 mi. E
The Grotto Grill (340) 712-2100 -- -- 2.4 mi. W
The Terrace (340) 712-2100 Caribbean, International Informal 2.5 mi. W
The Mermaid (340) 712-2100 American, International Informal 2.5 mi. W
The Brass Parrot (340) 712-2100 -- -- 2.5 mi. W
The Sugar Mill -- -- -- 2.5 mi. W

Other Beaches

There are multiple beaches to discover on St. Croix, of course, so Coakley Bay Beach is not your only option.

Another sun-drenched spot to consider is Chenay Bay Beach, which is located less than a mile to the west.

You may find that Coakley Bay Beach is a great fit for your vacation, but maybe you want to see more; if so, there are other beaches and natural attractions in the Virgin Islands you might like.


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