A view of Coki Beach with Coral World and Thatch Cay on the left.
About Coki Beach
Coki Beach, also known as Coki Point Beach, is a beautiful white sand beach well known for its snorkeling and diving, as well as for the Coral World tourist attraction. It is situated on the north side of Coki Point on Coki Bay on the island of St. Thomas, in the United States Virgin Islands. Beachgoers have views of the Leeward Passage and several small islands, including Hans Lollik Island, Thatch Cay, and St. John.
Snorkeling at Coki Beach
The snorkeling is best at each end of the beach, especially near the rocks, but there is plenty to see straight out as well. In the past we’ve seen a very large barracuda, a school of Caribbean Squid, and even a few small sharks. If you don’t have your own snorkel gear, it can be rented from the onsite vendors.
Recent Violence at Coki Beach
In mid July of 2010, a teenaged cruise ship passenger on her way back from an excursion to Coki was killed in the crossfire of some local men who were shooting at each other near the cemetery. The violence sparked a cleanup effort, with authorities hauling away tons of trash, abandoned vehicles and boats, as well as repairing a fence around the cemetery and cleaning up the brush on the roadsides.
Since then, the beach and general area has still had problems with petty crime and violence among locals, including shootings and murders. While it is still one of our favorite St. Thomas beaches, visitors should exercise caution and always be aware of your surroundings. It is generally a good idea not to stay too late into the evening.
In 2012, Coral World was featured on MTV’s series Real World as the place of employment for the cast members. Coki Beach was only briefly shown in the background on a few episodes, but it was still exciting to see it on TV.