Magens Bay
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This horseshoe-shaped tropical beach is perfect for all manner of activities, from kayaking and water sports to sunbathing and picnicking. Besides working on a tan, locals also recommend hiking along the nature trails for spectacular ocean views from the scenic hillsides—especially from the Mountain Top lookout. As Magens Bay is a popular port of call for cruises and a frequent stop on island tours, it does get busy. If you're looking for some peace and privacy, target the fringe areas and visit on weekdays. There's also an entry fee to the beach. – Tripadvisor
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  • Gran7
    1,635 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beauty Personified
    Whether you enjoy a plunge in the sea or a stroll on the beach, Maven’s Bay is a top place for you to explore. Now it can be quiet and serene or really crowded! It will be an experience either way. It is a special beach touched by simplistic beauty. Don’t Miss!
    Visited November 2022
    Traveled with friends
    Written March 2, 2023
  • awsupermom
    Cooper City, Florida84 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Perfect Day!
    My friends and I (5 of us) had a Wonderful girls’ trip to St. Thomas last month. We debated about going to Magen’s Bay Beach because while it’s touted as the place to see, we worried about the reviews that said it was too crowded and dirty with rude, unhelpful attendants. In the end we figured that it’s a touristy place for a reason, and decided to go despite the negative reviews. It turns out to be a very large beach. One half is covered with chairs and umbrellas and is very crowded with rude, unhelpful attendants. The other half is uncrowded and Gorgeous and the Perfect place to spend a day in St. Thomas! There are also bathroom facilities and picnic pavilions on the uncrowded side. We parked our beach chairs and cooler under a shady palm tree looking out over the Beautiful ocean and enjoyed the music from the party in the picnic pavilion behind us. Perfect last day of our trip!
    Visited February 2023
    Written March 5, 2023
  • Life2Travel
    Denver, North Carolina1,574 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good port day on our own
    We were in port for the day and opted not to take a ship excursion to a beach - good decision. We easily secured a taxi at the terminal. Our driver, Dell was pleasant and even stopped for us to take pictures on the way at a point that overlooks Charlotte Amalie. We paid a small entrance fee ($5 for non residents, cash only) to get into the beach. There were lounge chairs with umbrellas to rent for the day and well worth it. Snorkel equipment could be rented as well. There were only two ships in port that day, so the beach was busy but not overly crowded. You could order drinks from your chair or walk to the bar ( highly recommend the banana baileys colada). There was food available for purchase ( over priced for sure…$40 for a pizza) but they’ve got you. The food wasn’t too bad and they accepted credit cards for everything but the entrance fees. There are restrooms and showers but they weren’t great. Anyway, you’re there for the beautiful beach and the views! Some cruise ship excursion groups came and went, so we were happy to have come on our own and stayed the entire day. Transportation back to the port was readily available. We spent the entire day and it was half the price of the ship’s excursions.
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 8, 2023
  • Tina C
    127 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    OK beach for swimming
    After waiting in line, since we drove to beach, about 15 mins, we had to pay $12 ($5 per person + $2 parking) $10 min purchase in cc or they charged you extra. We found a spot by a tree & dropped our stuff & went swimming. All sand & clear water w/ lots of small waves. It was ok if you just wanted to swim. There was a section to rent chairs, umbrella or other gear. Lots of people drinking around there. All in all it was ok for us.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 10, 2023
  • By the beach
    Ocean City, New Jersey533 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great beach
    Having visited MB on a previous trip we knew that we had to return as it is such a great beach with clear calm waters. Also, there is ample parking and full facilities (restaurant, restrooms, and showers). The beach offers great panoramic view with catamarans anchored in the harbor. A suggestion would be is to go left when you enter the park and go a bit. This brings you away from crowds as when there are cruise ships in port this is a must see.
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 10, 2023
  • Foodie Sunny ☀️
    Atlanta, Georgia161 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must visit when in St. Thomas
    Beautiful Beach with clear calm waters. You can walk the full length for exercise or just people watch. Chairs and umbrellas for rent There is a bar and restaurant. Food is pricey but it’s all that is around so bring your own if you don’t want to splurge. All food and drinks shut down at 4:30pm SHARP. Plan accordingly.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 12, 2023
  • Karen
    Brooklyn, New York129 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Magens Bay
    I love this place. I visited about 15 years ago and it is still absolutely stunning. The locals are all wonderful people. I didn't have any food but the water is clear and the beach is clean. Views while going up was stunning and had a great time there.
    Visited October 2022
    Written March 15, 2023
  • Ann T
    Croton on Hudson, New York22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spectacular Beach
    This is a really beautiful beach. If coming from a cruise ship, there's really no way to avoid the crowds but if you are vacationing on the island, you should try to plan your visit to this beach on a day when there are no cruise ships (or very few) in Charlotte Amalie. We visited on a day when there were three cruise ships in town so it was crowded but we decided to go all the way to the left side in order to avoid the hordes of people who tended to stay near the beach chair rentals and the food/drinks. There were lots of palm trees to camp out under which provided natural shade. All in all, this is a spectacular Beach - crowds and all. THere is a $5 fee per person and $2 per car. There was plenty of parking when we went despite the crowds.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 19, 2023
  • Karrie I
    19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful, views incredible. Paradise
    Beautiful beach. Excellent swimming. Not much for snorkeling. Very busy. Chairs and umbrella available and are a bit more prices than other beaches. Good lunch place with a nice variety. Full bar and beachside service. Entrance fee for park.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 28, 2023
  • Brittany G
    5 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beach Day
    Beautiful & clean beach, visited at the end of March and the water was amazing. It gets very very busy. There are chairs and umbrellas to purchase for $20 per person per day, but they sell out fast. There is a generic restaurant with decent food, for a beach. The bar has good drinks, pricey but nothing out of line with other places on the island. Line for drinks will take 20-25 minutes if it’s really busy! Was told there might be sea turtles, didn’t see any though. I would return.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 3, 2023
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Hayleigh Peters
Myrtle Beach, SC5 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
Magans Bay is supposed to be one of the top ten most beautiful beaches in the world. While it is a beautiful beach, in my opinion it's not as beautiful as many of the other beaches I've been to on the Southern Caribbean cruise I'm currently on. So far my experience at this beach has been nothing but negative.

First of all, we asked for a taxi at the port. The taxi that we were directed to was a pickup truck that appeared to be shoddily maintained and had been outfitted with several rows of seats in the bed which had no seatbelts. In addition, the ride was legitimately frightening as the driver drove much too fast for our comfort up and down the curvy roads, and we could smell the burning oil of the truck as it struggled up the hills. There was absolutely no regard for passenger safety.

Then, when we arrived at Magens Beach, we stopped at the entrance to pay the entrance fee of $5 per person. The woman taking payment shorted our group one ticket even though everyone had paid their $5. When she was made aware of this, she accused someone of not paying and became very confrontational and snotty. She finally handed over the ticket, but not until she has left a very negative impression on all in our group.

Next we got out of the truck and went down to the beach, which was quite crowded and had a chaotic feel. We were told to go inside to the shop to rent lounge chairs and umbrellas. Upon doing so we realized that in addition to the $8 per lounge chair rental fee, they also require a $5 per chair deposit which will be refunded after the chairs are returned to the stacks near the shop. The cost to rent an umbrella was astronomical, as they wanted $20 for one umbrella including the deposit.

After paying for our lounge chair rentals we went back out to the beach where there were stacks of chairs, and although there were several men standing around, they would only help the guests carry and place their chairs for a $5 tip. This is in stark contrast to all of the other Caribbean beaches I've been to on this cruise, where the beach workers are eager to assist their guests with their chairs and where no deposit is required. As a result, at Magans Beach, there were many people dragging their own beach chairs around to try to find a spot for them. Even older couples were having to carry and drag their own chairs, and when a member of my group went over to help an older gentleman lift and carry his chairs, they were told by one of the lazy workers standing nearby to move because they were blocking a busy business area.

Based on my experience I would not recommend Magans Beach, nor would I go there again myself. The staff were rude, lazy, and not accomodating. It seemed that making money was the only thing any of them cared about, and they didn't care to display kindness or helpfulness. And the beach itself wasn't that impressive in my opinion. Carlisle Beach in Barbados, or Long Bay Beach in Tortola were so much more beautiful than Magans Bay, and with much more helpful staff. I'd recommend going elsewhere.
Written February 5, 2020
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Teresa T
7 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
This was our last cruise topped at 8 other islands. This Beach was the worst! We had a taxi that was built in the back of a F150. When you pull in he starts taking money from everyone for the $5 admit fee to the beach. Not in order, disorganized, after all in my row had paid one didn't get an admit ticket and the girl said she gave all the tickets that were paid. When I listed the currency each of us gave her, she still was adamant that she gave out the correct tickets that were paid. I said this is a joke (because of the disorganized method of paying). She proceeded to yell at me and say it's not a joke and continued to yell at me while we were pulling away. That's just the tip of the problems with this place. To rent chairs and umbrellas you go in there boutique where they charge you for the chairs etc and deposits on every item that you get when you bring them back. You go out to get your Beach items and the guys are just unstacking them on the beach and making you drag your chairs wherever you can find a space but not in their area. If you want them to do it for you it's an extra $5. I saw older people dragging chairs and digging holes for their umbrellas so I went over to offer help to one man and because we didn't move fast enough out of his area he yelled to get out of his work area it's too busy. His picture is on here. You will see the Hodge podge of chairs everywhere in the pics. This is the top ten WORST beaches. I expected more with it being a US island. All other islands we visited, people were so nice and organized. Just stay on the ship it's not worth it! PS all other Beach goers felt the same way!
Written February 5, 2020
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Sylvia G
Cedar Hill, TX873 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Family
The beach is pretty and in this beach. You can see fishes all over. This sand sinks in more as you walk into the water but once you get in the water. You do not sink in. We came on a Sunday and was not packed at all. They have a covered area with tables, benches and grills to cook out in. The drinks were so so and the chicken strips and fries had no flavor. The shop has all sorts of stuff that could be useful when we forget things. Overall it was a good place. Just need to work on the food. The entrance is $5 per person and they open form 8am-5pm. After that, you can stay but the rental place closes at 4:30pm and lifeguards are no longer present.
Written March 8, 2020
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mike s
Richboro, PA22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We hired a taxi with a group right off the cruise ship Stopped at an overlook to take pictures and then down the mountain to the beach. We went first thing in the morning as it started to get crowded a little later. Just a beautiful setting tiny waves. Took cold drinks and a snack off the ship. There are bathrooms/showers and a bar/pub type facility. We only stayed a couple of hours so as not get to much sun/burnt.
We have never seen/experienced such beautiful sand and water
Written March 7, 2020
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cjsfun
Austin, TX5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
This beach was beautiful and safe. They charge $5 (cash) per person to enter, well worth the fee. They have a snack bar with hamburgers, pizza, sandwiches, veggie burger, salads, etc...
Fully stocked bar.
We took in our own bottled water and adult beverages (no glass!!!)
Be sure and take beach towels to sit on and something for shade, very little natural shade. If you get to the beach near 10am your beach options for shade are much better.
Written February 25, 2020
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G3760GOrichardm
Marlton, NJ284 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Couples
Yes it is a beautiful beach it is short from the water to the shoreline it’s a narrow beach but long. We found no problem finding a good spot. The problem is when the cruise ship people arrive they want to plant themselves right in front of your beautiful view. Couple times my wife asked people to please move over. Like a herd of wild animals free from the ship finally stand your ground ladies it’s a beautiful beach the depth of the water is shallow there is a little drop just when you hit the water. Which was beautiful. Lots of parking for people with cars the lawn furniture which looks like it hasn’t been replaced in 20 years but they worked. You have to pay in advance and get money back when you return the chairs. We rented an umbrella and two lounge chairs $65 when we return everything they give us 30 back. We tipped the guy 10 bucks to find us a good spot and plant our umbrella in the sand well worth the 10 bucks. The snack bar they do their best but don’t expect it to look like luxury. It’s adequate let’s leave it at that my wife said the bathroom is clean that’s all that was important. We had a great time but as I said get there early by 1 o’clock the cruise ship people were trying to plop themselves in front of us if we stepped away from our chairs we would have lost everything we had set up people would just park in front of you. I forgot one more thing they have a cocktail waitress or beach waitress getting drinks for people doing a lot of hard work but doing a great job looking good in her bathing suit she was very friendly and professional
Written February 3, 2022
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GRZ
Chicago, IL10,093 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020
There are many great beaches around the world, around Caribbean and within USVI territory but what makes Magens Bay unique is its scale! This place is astounding whom the distance (I recommend stopping by on the way here or out at the Drake's Seat or better Mountain Top to fully experience Magens Bay) but it's not until you get on the beach is where you realize how big the beach stretch and the surrounding "rock walls" nestling the water are!

Beautiful, tranquil, peaceful and with plenty of room. I usually don't fall for super popular places, especially beaches but this place deserves its praise! It's definitely something and while at it it provides plenty of room for fun in the sun! :)

Small fee ($5 per person + $2 per car) to enter prevents crowds from flooding it (at least a bit I bet); plenty of parking spots and clean restrooms/wash rooms come included. There is also a bar and a fast food place (first pretty decent, latter pretty mediocre but does the trick for the day on the beach).
Written July 18, 2020
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adventix
Boston, MA1,647 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
It is a beautiful beach about 30-minute drive from where the cruise ship docks. Entrance cost only for adults. There is a lifeguard, but I would not bet on him to save you as the there are hundreds of people and the lifeguard station is not raised above ground, so his view is limited. Restrooms with running water next to the entrance. You can buy bar food and drinks on spot or from one of the service people running around. Beach chairs and sun umbrellas can be rented on spot.
Written January 6, 2020
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Lev740
Sacramento, CA113 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
St .Thomas Magen’s beach

Our Celebrity Equinox was diverted on September 9, 2021 from stop at St. John’s, Antigua due to the COVID 19.
Purchased city sightseeing and Magen’s beach stop from the ship for $69/person. Twelve passengers loaded the open (safari type) taxi for about 30 minutes ride to the beach. Our driver (taxi number 032) presented us with a short history of the island and after dropping us for 2.5 hrs at the beach brought us back to the ship with more historical facts and stops for photos. By the way, umbrellas at the beach could be rented for $12 and chairs for $6 or bigger one for $8. Park fee is $5 and parking fee is $2. As a part on the tour we were not required to pay park fees.
Not sure what cost could be if we would arrange this trip at the shore without the cruise line. Unfortunately due to the last minute changes in the cruise itinerary I did not have any chances to check things out for the better options.
Good travels.
Written September 26, 2021
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Ramadama
New Providence, NJ2,271 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Friends
This is one of the best beaches in the Carribean and maybe in the top 15 of the world. It is a long beach with beige sand, no rocks or seaweed in the water. It is a relatively calm beach...no big waves. It's easy to walk on the beach. They have 2 bathrooms, showers with semi salty water to rinse off the salty water and sand. There is a casual food and drink hut. The food is pricey...$14.50 for a cheeseburger with fries and $9 for a mediocre margarita where the bar tenders are on the rude side. The food was tasty and the staff was very nice. The beach has beach chairs and other things for rent. They charge $5/ adult to swim there and $2/ car to park your car. A must visit when in St Thomas.
Written November 11, 2020
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