Coakley Bay

Rarely busy, Coakley Bay on St. Croix is a beautiful beach that can be used by visitors for a day of uninterrupted snorkeling.

The white sand beach of Coakley Bay is often littered with sea grass and lined with sea grape trees rather than palms. The calm waters, which are great for snorkeling, features an ocean floor that is known to hold rocks and sea urchins.


Positioned near the center of the island of St. Croix, near Cotton Valley, Coakley Bay happily welcomes guests who are rooming on this part of the island or nearby. But even if you aren't staying very close, you are free to drop by to check it out. It is 4.0 miles east of Christiansted.

Look for a small sign reading "Nature Preserve of St. Croix Environmental Association" just before a small dirt road to know where to turn to access Coakley Bay.

Nearby Restaurants

Of course, one of the most exciting options while spending some time exploring the area is eating food at a restaurant within traveling distance of this body of water. The closest place to eat to Coakley Bay is Cultured Pelican, which plates up Italian meals. Cheeseburgers in Paradise and Blue Water Terrace are a couple other food and drink options near Coakley Bay. At Blue Water Terrace you will want to try out International cuisine and enjoy the culture of the Virgin Islands.

Nearby Attractions

Visitors that are a fan of bays, and are interested in visiting others, might consider a trip to Prune Bay and Solitude Bay; the first and closest of which is 0.6 miles to the west-northwest of Coakley Bay. You'll find a couple other activities in the area, including Coakley Bay Ruins, which is a few hundred yards away St. Croix. Furthermore, you can consider heading to Southgate Coastal Reserve, which is another attraction close by.

Bays are nice for a few hours here and there, but there's more to visit in the Virgin Islands. The table below lists other attractions that are closest.

Attractions Near Coakley Bay
Attraction Type Distance Direction Location
Coakley Bay Ruins Historic Site 0.1 mi. (6.7 km) SE 4.1 mi. East of Christiansted
Southgate Coastal Reserve -- 1.3 mi. (4.5 km) W 2.8 mi. East of Christiansted
Green Cay National Wildlife Refuge Other Attraction 1.6 mi. (4.5 km) W Green Cay
Fort Louisa Augusta Light Other Attraction 3.4 mi. (1.2 km) W Christiansted
Fort Christiansted Historic Site 4.0 mi. (0.1 km) W Christiansted
D Hamilton Jackson Park -- 4.0 mi. (0.1 km) W Downtown Christiansted
Customs House Historic Site 4.0 mi. (0.1 km) W Downtown Christiansted
Steeple Building Museum 4.0 mi. (0.1 km) W Downtown Christiansted

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Location: St. Croix


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