Trunk Bay

Trunk Bay deserves mention among not only the top U.S. Virgin Islands beaches, but also the best beaches in the world. Several top travel publications think so, at least, and there's little doubt that many of its visitors agree, especially once you realize that many Caribbean beach images you've seen are pictures of Trunk Bay. Trunk Bay Beach offers modern beach amenities, due largely in part to the fact that it is the island's most visited sandy stretch, and the snorkeling here is simply to die for. At Trunk Bay Beach, the sand is white, the palms are many, and the views out to sea are spectacular. The turquoise water is nothing less than stunning, and other islands can be seen rising up on the horizon, complementing an already breathtaking scene. Sure, Trunk Bay Beach might get a little busy, especially when cruise ships are in port either in St John or nearby St Thomas, but it's definitely worth the trip if you can make it here.

It's perhaps the underwater snorkel trail that gets the most attention when it comes to Trunk Bay, and since snorkeling equipment can easily be rented on the beach, it's pretty much a must-do. The Trunk Bay snorkeling trail system stretches some 650 feet, and there are numerous underwater signs to help snorkelers identify the fish and corals found along the reef. Among the fish you can expect to see when Trunk Bay snorkeling are trumpet fish and parrotfish. Once back on the beach, you might relax under the shade of a palm tree, or head to the snack bar/grill for something to eat. Shopping can be enjoyed at the beach's souvenir shop, though it's quite alright if you decide to do little more than soak up some sun on a towel.

As mentioned, the beach amenities at Trunk Bay Beach are modern, and though the watersports concession is pretty limited, there are changing rooms, restrooms and lockers available. Lifeguards are on duty on a daily basis at Trunk Bay, and there are public telephones should you need to make a call. There is an admission fee at Trunk Bay, and it is collected between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. It's the only beach in St John that has an admission fee, but the fee is by no means a hefty one. At least your money helps maintain an exquisite National Park beach, which will make plenty of folks happy. The admission fee also covers the Annaberg Plantation, which gives some insight into the history of the United States Virgin Islands. Trunk Bay is accessible by both taxi and rental car, and it certainly aims to impress those who drop on by. So plan your Trunk Bay St John getaway, and see what all the hype is about.

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