Reef Beach

Reef Beach, located on St. Croix, features soft sand, palm trees, and a beautiful view of the clear sea. Sit on the beach amid stunning views and watch the windsurfers dance along the waters, or spend some time in the colorful beach bar and restaurant, where you'll find spectacular local fare.

Set in East End, in the same area as Cotton Valley, Reef Beach is on the East coast of St. Croix. You should consider stopping by whether or not you are staying very close. Vacationers who want their beach to have a little bit of everything——a hint of seclusion, with a somewhat social scene—— may really like a visit to Reef Beach. It's a little bit removed from the Virgin Islands' urban areas, but it also doesn't completely lack a social atmosphere.

How to Access The Beach
The beach is easily accessible off of Route 82. Drivers should look out for the local Mooring Road, which offers a small car park.

Amenities and Ambiance

At Teague Bay on the eastern coast of St. Croix you'll find Reef Beach, whose waves are popular with the windsurfing crowd. White sands and crystal blue waters create a tranquil and serene environment for guests. Palm trees dot the island, while yachts and sail boats drift through the water.

Also, you have the option of trying the restaurant located right on Reef Beach. The Virgin Islands has plenty of fantastic eateries around town, but not every meal you enjoy has to be at a fine restaurant. Some vacationers simply sit on their towels——not in a restaurant——to enjoy lunch. Did you know that some hotels are happy to pack picnic lunches for their guests? Otherwise, you could easily grab some of the Virgin Islands' famous street food along the way.

The snack bar here is the ultimate convenience if you need a cold drink, or something to hold you over until dinner. You might also have the option to order lunch from one of the local vendors who are generally found here.

Unfortunately, you won't find any public restrooms along this coastline, which is something to consider if you're bringing the kids, or plan to spend all day outside. The water in the area is clear and good for snorkeling, so bring along some equipment if you've been hoping to get in some underwater exploration. The beaches on the east end of the island, including Reef Beach, are harder to get to but significantly less crowded. Here, the majority of the crowd comes out to windsurf.

What's Nearby

Attractions

Reef Beach is on the East coast of St. Croix. It is near Reef Golf Course, which is located three quarters of a mile away, and it is one of a number of favorite local destinations.

Some may feel that museums and beaches are an odd combination, but some visitors find that museums like Steeple Building (positioned six and a half miles away) offer rare insight into Caribbean life and help share a different side 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 Reef Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Reef Golf Course Golf Course 0.6 W St. Croix
Divi Carina Bay Casino Casino 0.7 SSW St. Croix
Point Udall Monument Monument 2.3 E St. Croix
Coakley Bay Ruins Historical Site 2.6 W St. Croix
Green Cay National Wildlife Refuge Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 4.3 W Green Cay

Cities and Towns

Reef Beach is in the Christiansted area, so exploring the city is a convenient option. Not far away you'll find Christiansted, a city which is an interesting area that brings together the quietude of the Caribbean and the urbanization of city life. From the coast, Christiansted isn't out of reach at six and a half miles (ten and a half kilometers) away.

Hotels

The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, it depends on many factors: the time of sundown, happy hour, even how full the nearby hotels are. Typically, you can expect to encounter a fair number of travelers staying at the closest accommodations.

You'll find a decent selection of places to stay a car ride away. Some of the closest choices can be viewed in the table below.

Accommodations near Reef Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Divi Carina Bay Resort & Casino 0.9 S Resort
Chenay Bay Beach Resort 3.7 W Hotel
Tamarind Reef Hotel 4.6 W Resort

Food

If you start getting hungry during your afternoon at the shore, the area near this beach provides some viable options, so there's no need to go too far away. One of the closest restaurants is Good Spirits. When you start to get hungry, you won't need to wait too long to eat as it's not far off the beach at all.

The following table provides a list of nearby restaurants.

Restaurants near Reef Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Good Spirits -- -- -- 0.4 mi. W
Duggan's Reef (340) 773-9800 Caribbean Fine Dining 0.5 mi. WNW
Villa Madeleine (340) 773-7877 -- -- 0.6 mi. SW
Starlite Grille (877) 773-9700 American, Caribbean, Fusion Informal 0.9 mi. S
Blue Water Terrace (340) 692-2583 International Very Casual 1.2 mi. W
Cultured Pelican (340) 773-3333 Italian Informal -- --
Cheeseburgers in Paradise (340) 773-1119 American Very Casual 4.0 mi. W
The Galleon (340) 718-9948 Caribbean, Pan Asian / Pacific Rim Fine Dining 4.4 mi. W
Deep End Bar & Grill (340) 718-7071 American, Caribbean -- -- --

Other Beaches

There are other beaches on St. Croix you might like besides Reef Beach.

Another option worth considering is Grapetree Beach, which is located less than a mile to the southeast. On the southeast side of St. Croix, Grapetree Beach's white sands and active waters are popular with watersport enthusiasts looking to ride the waves.

The Virgin Islands has a lot to offer its visitors, but Reef Beach is both a relaxing, sunny hangout and a stunning natural feature.

 

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