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 on the island of St. Croix, Coakley Bay Beach is on the North coast of the island, You might want to drop by regardless of whether you are 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.

Unfortunately, public restrooms aren't available, which is something to consider if you're bringing the kids, or plan to spend all day outside.

What's Nearby


Beachgoers will find Coakley Bay Beach on the North coast of St. Croix. Coakley Bay Ruins is not far from away. Some will choose to walk here, while others will want to take a taxi, and it is among the favorite local destinations.

Some may feel that museums and beaches are an odd combination, but at least a few travelers find that museums like Steeple Building (located only a short taxi ride away) offer a fun learning experience and a whole new perspective of the Virgin Islands.

With the choice of exciting activities nearby, you'll never get bored. The closest attractions are found 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 near Christiansted, so touring the city could be a fun side-trip after visiting the beach. Christiansted is nearby and is not an overly urbanized area, but still has its fair share of things to do. From the shore, Christiansted is just up the road, maybe four miles (six and a half kilometers).


The number of other vacationers sharing this coastline can vary widely, depending on time of day, season, and how full nearby hotel rooms are. At this beach, you can expect to see a fair amount of vacationers who are staying in the area.

Beach-goers will find a nice range of resort and hotel options to pick from in the area that encircles the beach. The most accessible of which can be viewed in the table below.

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


One of the tastiest ways to compliment a balmy beach afternoon is to dine at a nearby restaurant, where you'll be able to dive into the Virgin Islands' specialty dishes, without straying too far from your current location. One of the nearest restaurants is Cultured Pelican. This restaurant has Italian cuisine. They're perhaps most famous, though, for their pasta and pizza.

A few nearby dining options are shown in the following table.

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

St. Croix has many beaches, so if Coakley Bay Beach doesn't suit you, you can still find a great spot.

Vacationers may also want to visit Chenay Bay Beach, located less than a mile to the west.

Of course, there are lots of other things to do and see in the Virgin Islands; then again, Coakley Bay Beach is both a relaxing, sunny hangout and a stunning natural feature.


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