Located on the South Shore of St. John, the Reef Bay is mostly part of the Virgin Islands National Park with the inhabited neighborhood area running along the western side of Reef Bay. With southern views of the Caribbean Sea, Reef Bay residents enjoy views of the surrounding picturesque bays and on clear days they can see St. Croix, a sister island that sits 40 miles south of St. John. With historical sugar ruins dotting the Reef Bay landscape and reminding passersby of the island’s past, the neighborhood is teeming with historical lessons to teach.
Reef Bay itself is a stretch of white sand and stone beach where water is pretty shallow. Worthwhile snorkeling can be found on the western edge of the Bay and most people who visit the beach do so after hiking the highly popular Reef Bay Trail Hike, which is a Part of the Virgin Islands National Park. The 2.2 mile long maintained trail runs through the Reef Bay area from Centerline Road to Genti Bay. Along the trail, the history of St. John’s tropical forests, petroglyphs, freshwater pools and sugar mill ruins come alive. Hikers will see the ruins of four sugar mills, a 40-foot waterfall, and land crabs and deer on the way to the pristine, beautiful beach where the trail ends.
The area is just as short 15 to 20-minute drive to the main town of Cruz Bay on a winding, paved road that reveals captivating views around almost every bend. Cruz Bay features an eclectic array of restaurants, bars, boutiques, galleries and dive shops. Like many of St. John’s neighborhoods on the South Shore, Fish Bay is conveniently located and accessible all the necessary amenities, yet it’s still the right amount of secluded to feel like a Caribbean getaway.