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Trunk Bay
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Trunk Bay which includes island views

Backed by palms, this stretch of sparkling white sand is regularly ranked as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

Part of the protected Virgin Islands National Park, the idyllic Trunk Bay is one of the most famous beaches on St. John. Lie back and relax on the sands, dip your feet in the warm water or don a snorkel and explore the underwater trail here.

Find your very own piece of paradise at the quarter-mile (half-kilometer) long beach on the northern side of the island. Lounge under the bright midday sun or enjoy the natural shade created by the thick coconut palm trees whose branches extend out over the sand.

Cool off with a splash in the sea or put on flippers and a mask and go in search of marine life a little farther out. Good snorkeling can be found close to the rocky islet of Trunk Cay. The real highlight for marine wildlife enthusiasts, however, is definitely the purpose-built underwater trail.

Bring your own snorkeling gear or rent it from the nearby beach center. Follow the 675-foot (205-meter) trail, which begins offshore from the beach. The route leads snorkelers over bright coral where many species of tropical fish can be seen. Read the trail signs, which will help you to identify the different types of fish and coral.

Pack a picnic for your day out at the beach or head to the snack bar for a refreshing drink and snack. Look for ships gliding across the horizon as you eat.

Trunk Bay is on the north coast of St. John just west of Cinnamon Bay. Note that Trunk Bay, unlike most other beaches on the island, does charge an entry fee. Toilets, showers and lifeguard services are provided. A taxi rank is also situated here, so getting to and from the beach won’t be a problem even if you don’t have a car.

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3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Feb 28, 2020

Bring water and snacks. The lines are long and there's no wait service. The only Bar was out of Salt for a decent Margarita and they don't have blenders for frozen drinks. It's kind of a Hippie Vibe if you like that sort of thing. Cute places to sit and everyone is really nice.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jul 31, 2019

underwater trail

5/5 - Excellent

SallyfromDallas

Jun 24, 2019

We've been to many beaches. This one stands out for it's great ecosystem. It's located in a national park and has not been heavily commercialized. We took a cab here for $6/person. There were picnic tables to put our things, we also saw lockers but with no locks. The beach itself is picture perfect and preserves the natural beauty of the area. The water is crystal clear and we saw a healthy ecosystem during our snorkeling. There's a small store if you want to rent gear, a bar area, and small food area. It's simple, but natural. My son saw an octopus while snorkeling, and the coral is in good shape with lots of marine life. This was our favorite beach we visited during our stay

3/5 - Okay

Ford

Apr 29, 2019

Was an expensive excursion and full of tourists.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 26, 2019

Go on a low cruise ship day (St. Thomas), the beach will be far less crowded. Definitely snorkel the trail great fish, rays, etc. Full facilities (showers, lockers, bar and snack bar)

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 10, 2019

It's a Federal Park on St. John.  If you drive, make sure you park in parking spots.  If you park on the road, make sure you park in off the road.  A person got towed.  Not great experience for them.  They have showers, a bar, food truck, snorkle rentals.  The taxi from center of town was only $6.00 per person and worth not driving.  Windy, narrow and steep roads.  We loved St. John better than St. Thomas    We wented snorkle equipment from a local business.  When you get off ferry ($16.00 rt), it's the first building to your right.  Just walk up the stairs and the shop rents them.  We ate at High Tides in same building complex on the water great and Longboards.  Also very good.

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