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Coki Beach

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Coki Beach Review

Funky beach huts selling local foods such as pâtés (fried turnovers with a spicy ground-beef filling), quaint vendor kiosks, and a brigade of hair braiders and taxi men make this beach overlooking picturesque Thatch Cay feel like an amusement park. But this is the best place on the island to snorkel and scuba dive. Fish, including grunts, snappers, and wrasses, are like an effervescent cloud you can wave your hand through. Amenities: food and drink; lifeguards; parking; showers; restrooms; watersports. Best for: partiers; snorkeling.

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  • Address: Rte. 388, next to Coral World Ocean Park Estate Smith Bay, St. Thomas 00802
  • Location: East End
Updated: 03-04-2014

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    Bring your knife

    This is probably the best beach for snorkeling. However its overrun by thugs and punks. There are a few run down places to eat. $20.00 for two hot dogs and a coke. Stay until dark and be ready to fight. Cops are not even around so your on your own. I'm very good at not attracting attention from years of backpacking and hiking. I don't look like an easy target and am well trained in combat. I walked off this beach with a knife cut I had to put two stitches in, a few broken ribs, and a black eye. Lets just say I was thankful for all my years of training, my dive knife, and my spear gun.

    by noinfotoday, 10/3/13
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    Scary

    Nice if you want to see the locals urinating in public, harassed to buy coconuts, hair braiding, etc. My husband was held up in broad daylight 2 blocks away. Cops did nothing, didn't care and would not give us a copy of their "report". Water was of course beautiful. Too bad this place is too dangerous to visit. It's ruined. The locals in general treat travelers pretty rudely. They rarely make eye contact, rarely answer your questions - just plain arrogant. Also many locals (men) were drunk, strung out or just crazy. Lots of marijuana. We have been to many islands and Mexico- these people seem really angry that we visit. Which is sad; the island is clearly run down and tourism has to be suffering. I guess the locals want their island back. They can have it.

    by chris1, 1/12/13
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    Great View at sunset

    Beach and water are great - really beautiful at sunset. However, no idea how this place is a Fodor's choice, since Magen's Bay beach is far superior. If you have two days, you could do both, but if you only have one day - defintely choose Magen's Bay! The "restrooms/changerooms" here are a disaster - nasty, no place to sit, and lots of mosquitos. Put that with the feeling that our stuff was not safe here... we wanted to leave. But once we had a few drinks and got in the water - we forgot about the shortcomings.

    by pennypincherman, 10/2/08

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