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.


Situated near the heart of the island of St. Croix, in the general vicinity of Cotton Valley, Coakley Bay welcomes guests lodging on this part of the island. However, even if you aren't staying very close, you are free to stop by to check out the sights. 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

There are a multitude of restaurants to select from in the area near Coakley Bay. Cultured Pelican, which sells Italian fare, is very close-by, making it a great option for visitors here. Also within a short distance, you and your group will encounter restaurants including Cheeseburgers in Paradise and Blue Water Terrace where you and your group should be sure to sample International dishes and experience the culture of the Virgin Islands.

Nearby Attractions

Those who like bays, and would like to see others, should check out 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 at least one or two additional places of interest in the area, including Coakley Bay Ruins, which is a few hundred yards away St. Croix. Also think about visiting Southgate Coastal Reserve, which is another nearby attraction.

Bays are nice for a few hours here and there, but there's more to visit in the Virgin Islands. The following table includes other attractions close-by.

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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