Reef Bay Beach

Reef Bay Beach is a long and empty beach that offers visitors privacy and plenty of room to explore; both on land and in the water with a snorkel.

Located on the island of St. John, 3.3 miles east of downtown Cruz Bay, You should think about stopping by even if you aren't staying very close. Reef Bay Beach stands out from other beaches because it's one of the best spots for escaping the hustle of the Virgin Islands' urban areas. Other nearby beaches in the Virgin Islands may be just as refreshing as Reef Bay Beach, but are usually more crowded since they're found in the most popular parts of town.

How to Access The Beach
If you want to make it to the beach, you are up for a nice long walk. You will need to hike the Reef Bay Trail from Centerline Road just west of Bordeaux Mountain Road. You can cut the walk down by a bit if you take the Sieban Road Jeep Trail all the way to the end, but you will still need to walk a little.

Amenities and Ambiance

While the views out to sea are some of the best on St. John, visitors will want to explore the land too. There are plenty of ruins to be seen around the beach, so bring some walking shoes and see what there is to see.

Please note that public restrooms are not available, which is something to consider if you plan to spend a full day in the sun. Fortunately, the water here is fit for snorkeling, so purchase or rent some gear if you're hoping to see what lies beneath the surface.

What's Nearby


Positioned on the South coast of St. John; the area hosts attractions such as Reef Bay Sugar Factory Ruins, which is three quarters of a mile to the north-northeast.

If you want to combine some cultural exploration with your trip to the beach, you should plan a trip to Ivan Jadan Museum, one of the closest museums, and might make a nice break from the midday sun.

Beaches are a great attraction to visit, but there will be more options available in the Virgin Islands. The following chart includes some other attractions close-by.

Activities and Attractions Near Reef Bay Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Reef Bay Sugar Factory Ruins Historical Site 0.6 mi. NNE St. John
Par Force Estate Ruins Historical Site 0.7 mi. NNE St. John
Petroglyphs Historical Site 0.7 mi. N St. John
Lameshur Bay Ruins Historical Site 1.1 mi. E St. John
Rebellion Gut Historical Site 1.6 mi. NW St. John
Catherineberg Ruins Historical Site 1.9 mi. NW St. John
Cinnamon Bay Plantation Ruins Historical Site 2.2 mi. N St. John
America Hill Ruins Historical Site 2.3 mi. N St. John
Windberg Ruins Historical Site 2.5 mi. N St. John
Fredriksdal Ruins Historical Site 2.7 mi. N St. John
Fredriksdal Plantation Ruins Historical Site 2.7 mi. N St. John
Emmaus Moravian Church Historical Site 2.8 mi. NE St. John

Cities and Towns

Reef Bay Beach is near Coral Bay, so touring the city could be a fun side-trip after visiting the beach. Coral Bay is the closest town to Reef Bay Beach. It is not heavily urbanized, though it will be a nice day out for guests wanting to get a taste of local life. From the shore, Coral Bay is a quick trip away, about two and a half miles (four kilometers).


The mood here——social and lively, or virtually empty—— will depend on how many hotel guests decide to make the trip as well. Reef Bay Beach is not located near many major hotels, but it's sometimes enjoyed by guests staying at the few small lodgings in the area.

You'll find a reasonably varied selection of lodgings a car ride away. A few of the more convenient options are seen in the table below.

Accommodations near Reef Bay Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Trinidad Charlie's Cottages 2.3 mi. W Lodge
The Westin St. John Resort 2.7 mi. W Resort
Caneel Bay Resort 3.1 mi. WNW Resort
St. John Inn 3.2 mi. W Hotel
Inn at Tamarind Court 3.2 mi. W Hotel
Hillcrest Guesthouse 3.4 mi. W Guest house
Cruz Bay Boutique Hotel 3.4 mi. W Hotel
Estate Lindholm 3.4 mi. W B & B
Garden by the Sea 3.4 mi. W B & B
Coconut Coast 3.5 mi. W Hotel


One of the best ways to round off a laid-back trek to the beach is to dine at an area restaurant, where you can sample regional favorites, within just a few miles of this shoreline. One of the closest restaurants is Chateau Bordeaux Restaurant. The restaurant serves delicious Caribbean food. Many guests rave about their seafood. When you start to get hungry, you won't need to wait too long to eat as it's just a little ways away.

The table below lists dining options located near this beach.

Restaurants near Reef Bay Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Chateau Bordeaux Restaurant (340) 776-6611 Caribbean Informal 1.7 mi. N
Gwen's (340) 642-0338 Caribbean Very Casual 2.1 mi. WNW
T'ree Lizards Restaurant (340) 776-6330 American, Caribbean Very Casual 2.3 mi. NNW
Shipwreck Landing Restaurant & Bar (340) 693-5640 American, Caribbean Informal 2.4 mi. ENE
Skipper's Brit Pub (340) 777-4653 British, Caribbean Informal 2.4 mi. NE
Aqua Bistro (340) 776-5336 Caribbean, International Informal 2.4 mi. NE
Coral Bay Caribbean Oasis (340) 774-1030 Caribbean, Soul Food, Vegetarian Very Casual 2.4 mi. NE
Pickles in Paradise (340) 693-5140 American Very Casual -- --
Cafe Concordia -- American, Caribbean Informal 2.7 mi. E
Lemongrass Restaurant & Bar (340) 693-8000 ext. 6010 Caribbean, International Very Casual 2.8 mi. W
Indigo Grill (340) 774-4433 Caribbean Very Casual 2.8 mi. NE
Coral Bay Cones -- Eclectic Very Casual 2.8 mi. NE

Other Beaches

Reef Bay Beach is just one of many beaches you can visit on St. John.

If you like the ambiance at this beach, you might also like Great Cruz Beach, located just a short distance away. If you're looking for a more active beach scene, you might find that Lameshur Bay is just right. It's located one and a quarter miles to the east.

You might also want to visit Caneel Bay, located reasonably close-by, so a quick ride in a taxi can take you where you want to go. Caneel Bay, a chain of seven pristine beaches on St. John, offers one public beach to guests which can be accessed through the exclusive Caneel Bay Resort, where fantastic swimming and lounging areas, and basic facilities line the shore.

The Virgin Islands has a lot to offer its visitors, but taking a swim at Reef Bay Beach is certainly a fun way to enjoy the area's natural attractions.


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