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Beach was crowded but nice and clean. Also, the water was warm.
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Coki Beach - St. Thomas

15 minutes by from Charlotte Amalie on Sugar Estate/Raphue Hill Roads
Daylight hours are best.
800-474-2654 (Coki Dive Center) 2 hours
December 2011 All year
$0-9 - Virgin Islands, U.S.
Website Nature Beach and Ocean
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Coki Beach is a small beach on the eastern side of St. Thomas, approximately 15 minutes by car from Charlotte Amalie, the largest city on the island. The beach is popular and frequently crowded, especially in the afternoons and when cruise ships are in port. Facilities are limited, but there is a dive shop next door and an aquarium/ocean theme park within a short walk.

As this is a tropical climate, temperatures are typically warm enough to swim year-round. Waters around the beach included sandy areas as well as rocks and coral. The current and tides were gentle, so swimming was easy. Snorkeling and scuba equipment can be rented at Coki Diver Center, which also offers related classes. A disposable underwater camera was purchased at the dive shop, but the picture quality was poor. If you want to take underwater pictures, it’s best to buy your camera elsewhere. The nearby Coral World aquarium and park is a popular attraction on the island and includes a variety of live fish as well as fish feeding programs. There are also underwater viewing observatories, so one can see fish without getting wet.

Coki Beach was a second choice after a snorkeling outing to Trunk Bay in Virgin Islands National Park was cancelled due to high waves and strong surf. It was a short cab ride from main harbor area in Charlotte Amalie over to Coki Beach, and since a ship crew member was headed to the same place, a shared ride cost half as much. While the water was warm and the beach was clean, snorkeling here was about average or slightly below average in quality. There were a few fish swimming around, but they were small in size and limited in number. Also, the coral was less colorful and less diverse than hoped for. After about 30 minutes of checking things out and dealing with a leaky face mask, the beach and enjoying some sun looked more inviting. The crew member just swam in the ocean without any equipment so that is a viable option here. Some more adventurous types swam much further offshore but with unknown currents and occasional boat traffic, this seemed like an activity best left to the experts. The overall beach and snorkeling experience was OK, but a less crowded beach and better snorkeling is likely available in the national park, so that would still be a first choice on a future visit.
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