Reef Bay consists of three inner bays, Genti, at the end of
the Reef Bay Trail, Little Reef Bay and Parrot Bay on the west.
The best place for swimming in Reef Bay is at the eastern end
of Little Reef Bay, near the rocks along the eastern shore (to
your left if you're looking out to sea).
The beach at Genti Bay is a good place to cool off after the
long hike that you just took in order to get there. The beach
is sandy, but the sea bottom consists of grass and patches of
coral. Be careful getting into the water as small sea urchins
may be hidden between rocks or pieces of coral.
Genti Bay is the easternmost bay within the greater Reef Bay,
the other bays being Little Reef Bay and Parrot Bay. It lies
at the end of the Reef Bay
Trail near the remains of the
old sugar mill.
Small picnic site and pit toilets.
Little Reef Bay
Little Reef Bay
Little Reef Bay is the best swimming beach in Reef Bay. The beach
here is soft coral sand. As you enter the water the sea bottom
consists of sand and seagrass. The water is deeper and the bottom
is sandier and more comfortable than the beaches at either Parrot
Bay or Genti Bay. Another plus is the almost guaranteed privacy
afforded by the remote location.
To get to Little Reef Bay, you’ll need to take the the
spur trail from the bottom of the Reef Bay Trail or walk along
the Reef Bay coast from Parrot Bay
The beach at Parrot Bay consists of soft white sand mixed with
pieces of coral. There are scattered coral heads just offshore.
There is usually breaking surf; good for surfing, not so good
for swimming or snorkeling, Except for the westernmost extreme
of the beach, there is a solid line of reef about twenty yards
offshore that creates a shallow lagoon between the ocean and
Trail to Parrot Bay
Take the South Shore Road (Route 104) to Fish Bay Road and
continue to the intersection of Marina Drive and Reef Bay Road;
bear left onto Reef Bay Road and go up the hill. Turn left
at the top of the hill and proceed about a quarter mile further.
Park across from the house with the new green metal roof. The
path to the beach starts at the utility pole and heads steeply
downhill to the valley floor. Follow the path to the beach.
Along the shoreline there are several patches of sand that
jut into the vegetation providing a measure of privacy making
Parrot Bay an ideal location for secluded sunbathing and
Boogie Boards at Parrot Bay
Reef Bay Surfer
Surfers and boogie boarders can take advantage of the breaking
southeasterly swells in the summer months, when there are
no ground seas providing surfable waves on the north. The
surfing and boogie boarding area is on the western end of
the beach. Be careful of scattered coral heads, which sometimes
are quite near the surface. Ask the locals for specific surfing
Snorkeling or swimming here is advisable only on flat calm