Trunk Bay Beach, 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 Beach. 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 Beach on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Virgin Islands National Park tour itinerary planner.
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  • One of the prettiest beaches I've ever seen. Also, because it is part of their federal park system very well kept, safe and even has food and drinks. You can also rent snorkel equipment, beach... 
    One of the prettiest beaches I've ever seen. Also, because it is part of their federal park system very well kept, safe and even has food and drinks. You can also rent snorkel equipment, beach...  more »
  • The beach, restrooms, showers and water were all clean. The water is gorgeous! For $6 you can rent a mask and snorkle for the day. It was definitely worth it! Not a LOT of fish, but just to be... 
    The beach, restrooms, showers and water were all clean. The water is gorgeous! For $6 you can rent a mask and snorkle for the day. It was definitely worth it! Not a LOT of fish, but just to be...  more »
  • This is a gorgeous beach which could well be a highlight of a trip to St. John. I love St. John; it is all gorgeous. This was one of the highlights for me. 
    This is a gorgeous beach which could well be a highlight of a trip to St. John. I love St. John; it is all gorgeous. This was one of the highlights for me.  more »
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  • Always heaven. Beautiful blue ocean, clear swimming lagoon, white almost powdery sand, fun free snorkeling *if you bring it. Rent gear & use the bathhouse to rinse & change. Bring cash it's easier here, but cards were accepted at this national park. The taxis, ferry, and local shops wanted cash over credit cards. There were 8 small vessels mooring in the cay, but the beach didn't feel over crowded even during Christmas break. We found out there are many great swimming holes between usvi and bvi, but here didn't have the high winds and rough surf. Wish we had spent more time here as we had 2 days to explore before leaving.
  • Bucket list beach! White sand, pristine water, clean amenities. About 15 minutes by car from the ferry. Get there by 10 AM to snag parking, and carve yourself a spot in a prime location. Be prepared to pay up, though. They charge a $5 entry fee per person. And the food there is also $$$. But all in all, a must-visit place!
  • Amazing beach so cool. Must see. Stop the car right now and go.
  • $5/adult (young children are free) at the entrance for amenities including a lifeguard, showers, food, drinks, on-site rental equipment, etc., so this beach fills up quickly. Unfortunately for us on the day we visited they decided to close the showers down early which was disappointing so mother nature sent us a warm rain shower instead which was magical! Great snorkeling here around the cay and to the right near the rocks where large shoals of minnows spawn attracting predators and larger fish. We were fascinated watching the brown pelicans dive bomb the little schools of fish over and over. We also spotted a stingray, giant tarpon, and a moon jelly.
  • A must for St. John. This beach is beautiful!! Pretty calm waters and barely any rocks or shells. The sand is so clean and so is the water. There are some trees for shade too. It's 5 dollars to get in and there are restrooms there. Right now (March) the beach facilities close at 5pm.

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