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Trunk Bay

Virgin Islands National Park, St. John
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Type: Beaches, Bodies of Water, Reefs
Activities: Snorkeling
Owner description: The good news: this world-class stretch of white sand and turquoise water is St. John's most photographed beach, which features a marked underwater... more » Owner description: The good news: this world-class stretch of white sand and turquoise water is St. John's most photographed beach, which features a marked underwater trail for beginning snorkelers. The bad news: because of its popularity, it can get very crowded with cruise ship passengers and members of sightseeing tours. « less
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

Trunk Bay is the only underwater National Park. For that reason alone I feel it is unique.The problem with Trunk is that it is frequently rough er water then other St John beaches.If it is calm you will want to follow the underwater trail.As you snorkel along there are large signs to tell you what you are seeing.For example "brain... More

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Los Angeles, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

Our cruise ship stopped in St. Thomas, but we decided to take the trip to Trunk Bay. From the cruise port, we had to take a $10pp taxi to the Red Hook Ferry, $7pp for the ferry to Cruz Bay, St. John, then another $10pp taxi from Cruz Bay to Trunk Bay. The whole trip probably takes close to an... More

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Staunton, Illinois
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

This is one of the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen. From a distance the water appears aqua, but when you get in it is clearer than a well maintained swimming pool. The snorkeling is superb, as there is a marked coral trail on the right side of the beach. And the fine, compact, white sand is what people... More

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Clifton Park, New York
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129 reviews 129 reviews
35 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

We took the Ferry, from St. Thomas to St. John's. I am so glad we did because we were informed that this was the best beach in the world and the sand is so soft and such clear water too. We also got a open air taxi ride of the park, from top to bottom, which had some of the... More

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Greenwich, CT
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

We were staying at the Frenchman's Cove in St Thomas, took a ferry over directly from our hotel to St John ($35 roundtrip, 40 minute ride). We then got a cab (hundreds are waiting for you at the ferry dock) for $6 per person to Trunk Bay. The day we went there were many cruise ships in port however the... More

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Cottage Grove, Oregon
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5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Every year on Valentines day you can go here and renew your vows for free. You get a vow renewal certificate, there is music, small ceremony and a beautiful location. This beach is Stunning!

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Wilton Manors, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Took a ferry from Red Hook in St. Thomas. The ferry is $7 per person each way (adults). The ferry ride is about 20 minutes. We arrived in St. John and jumped on a Safari taxi and paid $6 per person each way. It is a few minute ride to Trunk Bay but a beautiful view of the island as... More

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Tonawanda, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

This was our favorite stop during our trip to the usvi. The water is so clear you'd think you're in a pool. The snorkel trail was a lot of fun, we saw lots of fish and sea urchins. You can rent gear at one of the huts for a reasonable price. Just a beautiful beach!

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Walnut Creek, California, USA
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

We were warned not to go to this beach after ten or before four. It's such a big beach that the many people who were there from cruise ships really didn't make that big of a difference. The snorkeling is great with a mapped out trail underwater, complete with markers for i.d. of fish and coral. You have to pay... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Best advice is to get out there early. When I was in St. John a couple of years ago we got to the beach in the afternoon after being elsewhere and couldn't get a good spot. We were stuck in the blazing sun. Got there early this time around and had a sweet spot under some palms...made a huge difference... More

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