Trunk Bay, Virgin Islands National Park

4.6
#1 of 164 in Things to do in St. John
Water Body Beach
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. Using our international travel planner, Virgin Islands National Park attractions like Trunk Bay can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
Create an itinerary including Trunk Bay
map

Plans in Virgin Islands National Park by other users

29 days in Caribbean BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 31 days in Caribbean BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA August, outdoors, beaches, popular PREFERENCES: August, outdoors, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 26 days in Caribbean BY A USER FROM ITALY December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 14 days in Caribbean BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, teens, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, teens, outdoors, relaxing, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 21 days in U.S. Virgin Islands BY A USER FROM SAUDI ARABIA April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 30 days in Caribbean BY A USER FROM CANADA April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 60 days in Mexico, Central America & Caribbean BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 15 days in Caribbean BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM July, outdoors, beaches, popular PREFERENCES: July, outdoors, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in St. John BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: November, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in U.S. Virgin Islands BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, outdoors, romantic, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, outdoors, romantic ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 7 days in St. John BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES February, popular PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 46 days in Caribbean BY A USER FROM GREECE June, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans

Plan your trip to Virgin Islands National Park

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Virgin Islands National Park

Browse hundreds of hotels and read guest reviews on the world's leading online travel agency website.
CHECK IN - CHECK OUT
TripAdvisor
Millions of travel reviews
on TripAdvisor
Reviews
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
2,451 reviews
Google
4.7
  • We liked this beach so much we went twice.... We took Ferry from St Thomas and taxi'd here twice. We rented Snorkel gear from Beach Bum right off the Ferry in Cruz Bay. They have a snack shack, shower...  more »
  • This is a National Park which charges $5 per person for entry. Upon my return I would pay $100 per person if they asked. What a great day at the beach, they have beach chairs for rent, they have a ver...  more »
  • Breathtaking from the view above (ask taxi driver to stop for a photo op) and very clean and beautiful beach to spend the day, or just a few hours. $5 entry per person. Water is clear and warm with no...  more »
Google
  • 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