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The ideal beach — the one you envision with your eyes closed — has water so clear you can see the vivid colors of the seabed below. Gentle waves lap a sleepy rhythm on soft, white sand fringed by palm trees. Such fantasy beaches are a reality here in the U.S. Virgin Islands. And each one of our beaches offers a different experience, whether you’re interested in communing with nature, a party on the sand or peaceful solitude.



Magens Bay Beach

Once you see it, you’ll see understand why Magens Bay Beach is one of St. Thomas’ most photographed. Magens Bay is a protected cove with more than a half mile of white sand beach and calm, clear water. Near its east end, you’ll find a lively bar and grill with music. To the west, quiet and tranquility prevail.

Family at Magens Bay Beach

Trunk Bay Beach

Trunk Bay is known for its stunning bay that features a beautiful half-crescent of white sand and waters resembling translucent blue-green glass. Part of the Virgin Islands National Park, Trunk Bay Beach offers a snack bar, showers and restrooms. Follow the thrilling underwater snorkeling trail to explore the reef and meet its marine inhabitants.

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Buck Island

To reach Buck Island Reef National Monument you’ll take an hour-long boat ride from Christiansted with one of the many charter companies that visit it daily. Wander the pristine beach and snorkel on the reef to see a wide variety of fish that have been federally protected for decades.

Underwater Reef Trail on Buck Island

Lindquist Beach

On the East End, Lindquist Beach catches cooling trade winds and offers scenic views of nearby cays (small islands). The beach is part of a protected 21-acre park, which features a lifeguard, picnic tables and restrooms.

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Cinnamon Bay Beach

Cinnamon Bay is part of a necklace of fabulous beaches on St. John’s North Side. You might see graceful rays as you snorkel around Cinnamon Cay, about 600 feet offshore, and along the beach’s rocky eastern end.

Cinnoman Bay

Cane Bay Beach

A narrow strip of sand, Cane Bay Beach is popular with divers and snorkelers, who can easily wade on a sandy bottom to reach a shallow reef. Cane Bay Beach is unique in that only 100 yards offshore, divers can further explore and see the reef begin to disappear rapidly into the depths of a 13,000-foot underwater trench.

Cane Bay Beach US Virgin Islands

Salt Pond Bay Beach

Off the beaten path, Salt Pond Bay Beach is located on St. John’s quiet southeastern shore. At the end of a flat, quarter-mile walk from the parking area you’ll discover a sheltered bay with abundant marine life. A trail will take you to rocky Ram Head’s spectacular vistas.

Salt Pond Bay Beach