Trunk Bay, Virgin Islands National Park

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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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  • Beautiful clear beach with marked snorkling trail. We saw a lot of fish, and even an octopus. There's still a lot of damage in the area so there wasn't any food/vendors open. There was a small place t...  more »
  • Why pass up one of the world’s best beaches? A short taxi ride from Cruz Bay lands you in a tropical paradise. Even if you don’t go into the water, which would be a mistake, lounging in this gorgeous ...  more »
  • I love this beach it’s got white sand and the sea is clear. The beach is free and it has toilets and a shower area. You can eat lunch on the benches at the picnic area. They have lovely greenery surro...  more »
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  • Beautiful beach with working facilities and equipment rental stations. There is a covered picnic area as well. This beach is located near a rocky outcrop that is a phenomenal snorkeling area. A nice stretch of beach that seemed to have plenty of room even with a lot of people. This is one of the best beaches in St. John and probably one of the only ones left that still have working facilities. Taxi busses drop and pick up here and there is a decent amount of parking located by the street.
  • Spent my favorite day in the V.I. here snorkeling and relaxing. Not much shade because of hurricane damage, and they weren't charging fees when I went last week. Great self-guided snorkeling trail with abundant beautiful tropical fish to see. Cool, clear water and white powdery sand. Decent shower stalls and restrooms. Very clean.
  • Not too crowded, some benches in the shade. A small beach with a lot of gorgeous sand. A bit of rocks (I broke my toe on one) so I have of a 4 (mostly because of the hairline break, if I'm honest). A couple was snorkeling past me in the gorgeous water. :D
  • Beautiful! The 2017 hurricanes did lots of damage to the coral on the islands but as of spring 2018 it is showing good signs of recovery. Turtles, lobster, reef fish and lots of colorful coral which I don't know the names of. As for the beach; soft, sugary fine, clean, white sand. Nice shower and bathroom facility. No glass is allowed on the beach so make sure to bring plastic containers.
  • An absolute gem, I have been hearing about Trunk Bay St John for years and it was excellent to finally get to see it myself. We were here at the end of May 2018 and there is still significant hurricane damage but the park is operational. Many of the concessions were not open and shade was in short supply with the trees destroyed but the beach was pristine. There's also a cool snorkeling path you can take and renting the gear is cheap.
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