Trunk Bay, Virgin Islands National Park

Watch the crystalline water gently whirling around cliffs and crags, lapping the soft coral sands of one of the most pristine beaches in the Caribbean at Trunk Bay. Rent snorkel gear and discover colorful sea life along the underwater trail of reefs. The inviting, warm waters are perfect for underwater photography enthusiasts. When you have had enough of swimming and basking in the tropical sun, cool off with a frozen cocktail or dine at one of the romantic restaurants. The shade of the national park hides many hiking trails for you to explore. Look for the ruins of historic sugar plantations, remnants of the colonial past. Note that the beach gets overcrowded sometimes. Put Trunk Bay on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Virgin Islands National Park tour itinerary planner.
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  • Indeed one of the best beaches in the world! I will never forget the feeling to go to the beach and see the water so clear, so blue, so clean! It is important to go one day when there are no cruises to avoid noisy and annoying North American cruise ships low-cost. We will return to St. John!
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  • This is the most beautiful beach. So relaxing, great snorkeling, wonderful cocktails. I wish I could be shipwrecked here....  more »
  • Trunk Bay is a must do if you like to snorkel. It is best to visit on days when the cruise ships are not sending excursions there as they bring large crowds. The underwater trail is a great introducti...  more »
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  • My day at Trunk Bay rates up there with the days my children were born! Seriously, St. John is far more beautiful than Maui. God bless Teddy Roosevelt for making 2/3 of St. John federal preserve. The beach is so pristine that at first I was uneasy, but some Cruzan Rum loosened me up. You MUST snorkel around the tiny island off the beach. The coral reef, underwater guide signs, and parrot fish are breathtakingly beautiful. Trunk and Cinnamon Bay Beaches are THE most lovely places I have ever seen, and I have been to Maui and other Caribbean islands. I am a native Kentuckian, and only these two beaches are as stunning as Kentucky in May. You must see Trunk Bay!!!
  • If you're in St. Thomas or St. John, this is the first place you must visit. Thunk Bay is a place that you have to see in order to truly appreciated, this Beach location is perfect, is beautiful, serene, clear waters, white sands, not crowded and one of the best in the world. As a bonus, you can Snorkel at Trunk Bay, there's a reef with lots of different types of fish and coral. If you come in a cruise to St. Thomas like me, you can still get over this paradise really easy; 1- get off the cruise early and get a taxi ($10pp) to the Ferry Terminal (10-15Min). 2- Ferris ($7PP) leave every hour, arrive at St. John (10min). 3- Get a taxi from St. John Terminal to Trunk Bay ($6PP) (10min) The taxis know where to take you and they make a stop at the top so you can take pictures and videos of Trunk Bay. 4- Rent Snorkeling equipment, there's a reef trail (bonus) if you want to snorkel. 5- Keep in mind that if you're cruise leaves at 5 you should leave Trunk Bay by 3:30 so you can catch the Ferry at 4pm. 6- Profit, enjoy Trunk Bay. The best part, you're on your own time, you get to enjoy this beautiful beach and place, lastly you pay less and enjoy more since no one is rushing you.
  • Trunk Bay should receive six stars....it is that great of a location. The National Park manages the property which is ran top notch, in my opioion. There a many nice beaches in the Caribbean but Trunk Bay is among the best in the region.
  • The experience I had staying there was really amazing and relaxing. I have always think of Trunk Bay, St. John, the Caribbean whenever i need to think of relaxation.
  • Easy access to beach and snorkeling. This is where I would bring my a not so in shape relative to snorkel. Can get crowded

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