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.

Situated on the southern side of the island of St. John, 3.3 miles east of downtown Cruz Bay, You should think about stopping by whether or not you're staying in the immediate vicinity. Many of the beaches in the Virgin Islands are quiet and secluded, but at Reef Bay Beach, you'll find the same sense of serenity, without having to travel too far from the buzz of the city.

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.

Keep in mind that restrooms won't be found on-site, though you may be able to use the facilities at a nearby business. Happily, the off-shore waters are clear enough for snorkeling, so grab some equipment if you want to check out what lies beneath the surface.

What's Nearby


Positioned on the South coast of St. John; the area is home to other attractions such as Reef Bay Sugar Factory Ruins, which is not very far away, so visitors have the option to walk or to take a cab.

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

If your taste for travel keeps you looking for new activity and attraction options, you'll find the closest ones in the following table.

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
Full Moon Art Gallery Art Gallery 2.4 mi. NE 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

Cities and Towns

Cities near Reef Bay Beach include Coral Bay, which isn't a congested area, and it can be an interesting destination for visitors wishing to get a better feel for the area. From the shore, Coral Bay is not far away, about two and a half miles (four kilometers).


Whether or not you encounter many other people will depend on many factors, including the capacity of nearby hotels. There aren't many major hotels in the immediate vicinity, but you may encounter visitors from smaller lodgings in the area.

You'll find a decent selection of lodgings within a car's reach. A list of the closest options have been displayed 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


If someone in your group starts to get a little hungry at the beach, it's alright because you'll have many local dishes to choose from at nearby establishments. One of the closest restaurants is Chateau Bordeaux Restaurant. This restaurant serves Caribbean food. They have become well-known, however, because of their seafood. You'll have the option of walking or taking a cab as it's only a short distance away.

The table below lists nearby dining options.

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
Full Moon Cafe (340) 774-9033 American Informal 2.4 mi. NE
Coral Bay Caribbean Oasis (340) 774-1030 Caribbean, Soul Food, Vegetarian Very Casual 2.4 mi. NE
Wok on the Beach (340) 693-3313 Asian, Asian Fusion, Pan Asian / Pacific Rim -- 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

Other Beaches

Travelers looking for a beach that's right for them will have lots of choices besides Reef Bay Beach.

You might also enjoy Great Cruz Beach, found just a little ways away. If you're on the lookout for more active and social, Lameshur Bay may be just what you're looking for. It's located one and a quarter miles to the east.

You may also enjoy Caneel Bay, located reasonably close-by, meaning a short 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.

You may find that Reef Bay Beach is a great fit for your vacation, but maybe you want to see more; if so, there are other beaches and natural attractions in the Virgin Islands you might like.


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