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Trunk Bay
Trunk Bay

Trunk Bay

71 reviews
Outdoors, Beaches and Watersports
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St. John, USVI 00830
(340) 776-6201
https://www.nps.gov/viis/planyourvisit/placestogo.htm
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Wiggle your toes in the soft sand, sniff the fresh clean air, and dive into the crystal clear sparkling ocean right off of Trunk Bay on the Island of St. John. Located in the U.S. Virgin Islands, ... Read more
Trunk Bay consistently falls on the list of top ten beaches in the world. Enjoy the relaxing scenery and breathtaking view. Rent some snorkel gear on-site and explorer the underwater snorkel trail with signs directing the way through colorful coral reefs and exotic fish. The convenience of the beach bar, food kiosk, picnic tables, and up-to-date bathroom and shower facilities turn this hot spot into a home away from home adventure.

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Olney

Regularly ranked as one of the best beaches in the world, Trunk Bay, on the north shore of STJ is a must see. Be sure to take your snorkel gear. Trunk Bay is a national park and I believe there is an entry fee of $10 by land. Take STJ ferry from Red Hook, then taxi to entrance.

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Belmont

This is beautiful stretch of white sand beach and turquoise water is St. John's most photographed beach, which features a marked underwater trail for beginning snorkelers. However, because of its popularity, it can get very crowded with cruise ship passengers and members of sightseeing tours.

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A world-class, picturesque beach with all the amenities: underwater snorkel trail around a cay, showers, rest rooms, beach bar and grill. Get there before 10 a.m. for parking in the winter months.

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Northport

This beach is absolutely georgeous. We enjoy going in the later afternoon when no fees are collected and you can see the sunset. We have seen so many weddings here on the beach, it is a famous place to get married or renew vows on Valentine's Day.

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Consistently a top ten beach in the world. There is a park fee. If you go on a day when cruise ships are in St. Thomas go before 10am or after 4pm.

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Middletown

One of the top 10 beaches. The only beach on St John with an admission fee. Can be crowded during high season. Known for the self-guided underwater snorkel trail.

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Tampa

This is the world famous Trunk Bay! One of the most beautiful beaches anywhere. It's in the National Park, and there is a small admission fee. Try heading south, along the beach, for some good snorkeling. The swim " trail " around the cay is also worth snorkeling. This is one you probably have to do on a first visit to St John.

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Coventry

Best to arrive early in the morning or after 3PM since this is a VERY popular beach with the cruise ship crowd, etc. Underwater snorkeling trail is very interesting, nice white sand beach, facilities.

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Sapphire Bay

National Park underwater marked trail with crystal clear blue water. Has eating facilities, rinsing & changing areas, snorkeling gears for rental. Breathtaking environment.

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Burns

Trunk Bay: The most famous beach!
Trunk Bay has the most modern and convenient facilities and receives the most visitors of any beach on St. John. It is a breathtakingly beautiful beach, with perfect soft white sand extending into the sea.
The beach is bordered with coconut palms, seagrapes and beach mahos. The lush tropical vegetation extends into the flat valley floor where the Trunk Bay facilities are located. The beach vista is picture perfect as one can look out onto a panorama of turquoise and azure ocean.
This beach is very popular with the cruise ships. Be sure to check the cruise ship schedule (in the local paper) before planning a day at Trunk.

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This beach is the most photographed beach in the States. It is gorgeous to look at. There is food service and showering facilities and a $4 fee/person to enter this park beach, but it is not my favorite beachs to hang out at.
Its big catch is the underwater snorkeling plaquards they have put up around the cay. It is cute, but real snorkeling makes me happier.

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Local from Fish Bay

This is a must see on St. John, especially if it's your first time to the island. It is one of two beaches you pay to enjoy ($4/per) but they also provide a concession stand (with rum), life guards, underwater snorkeling trail, equipment rental, flushing bathrooms and showers. Hard to beat for the traveling family with elderly, youngins' or those looking for some extra comfort.

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Christiansted

St. John's most photographed and visited beach.
Perfect for the novice snorkeler with it's underwater snorkel trail.
Lifeguards, showers and a snack bar.
Best people watching.

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Toms River

One of the most photographed beaches on St. John. Bring your snorkel gear and do the underwater trail here.

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Deep River

Great place to enjoy an underwater snorkel trail, eat lunch and enjoy our fabulous National Park

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The gem of the V.I. National Park, and arguably the best beach on the planet

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This is one of the most famous beaches in the world. You have white, sand beaches and underwater, marked trails to explain to you what you are seeing when you snorkel. The most wonderful part is that it is never very crowded.

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Lady Lake

Trunk Bay is a world class beach maintained as part of the Virgin Island's National Park. There is an entrance fee of $4 per person per day or an annual family pass for $15. There are concessions for food and drink. It can get crowded during the day as many cruise ship passengers are dropped here for a swim and snorkel. BUT - our favorite time is a little after 4 when the ticket takers leave and all the cruise ship folks are gone (bless their hearts!) and the sun will set. We often take our dinner to this beach and close it up! Don't take anything glass, but anything else is fine. We have a caterer near us in Fish Bay who will often prepare a wonderful gourmet meal which I pick up around 4:00 and enjoy on the beach (Ted's Supper Club Catering).

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Cary

A short ferry ride from Red Hook to St. John and the snorkeling is fantastic.

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Mount Sterling

Lovely beach . We go here when the crowds leave, about 4. The large tarpons are feeding on the fry around the Cay and you can watch the afterglow of the sunset. Snorkeling is also good at the western end of the beach. the "underwater trail" has been defunct for many years.

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