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“Calm, Blue Waters”
Review of Magens Bay

Magens Bay
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Magen's Bay Beach Tour
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Owner description: Hailed as one of the world's most beautiful, this breathtaking bay along St. Thomas' rugged north coast is ideal for swimming and snorkeling with all the conveniences of parking, lifeguards, equipment rental, freshwater showers, restaurants and bars.
Reviewed April 26, 2014

It's a very calm, sandy bottom beach that doesn't have much in the way of snorkeling. A wonderful lazy beach where you can rent paddle boards or just lounge on the sand.

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Reviewed April 25, 2014

My wife, two daughters (15 and 12) and I took a tour from our cruise ship and went to Magen's Bay because it was so highly rated. We've seen some pretty magical places and thought this is a special place, but we also thought some of the advertising was a bit hyped. Don't get me wrong; this is a beautiful spot. It's just not mind blowing. We had a nice couple of hours on the beach and we all got in a good swim. The snorkeling is not much to speak of, but they do have a changing station and a snack bar/bar if you want a soda or sandwich.

The best part of our Magan's Bay excursion was the beautiful view of the harbor from up in the hills when we stopped on our journey back to the cruise ship. We took photos from the place where our vehicle stopped and they were excellent.

We would definitely go again if it was our first trip, but we might check something else out if we went back, since we've already done this bay.

It's worth going.

3  Thank Rivahrapp
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Reviewed April 24, 2014

We've scene Magens Bay on several occasions and with all the publicity its become very overcrowded and I'd prefer to hit some lesser known areas for the beaches!

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Reviewed April 24, 2014

You have to pay to get into the beach area but really the beautiful.. I could of stayed there all day

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Reviewed April 23, 2014

We visited Magens Bay Beach from a cruise ship. (My husband, myself and 17-year-old daughter) We saw a mix of cruisers, locals and vacationers hanging out here.

Walk out to the town and find a taxi. Getting a taxi is always fun (not) because you want to make sure you do not sit in one of those vans and wait. If you’ve read my other reviews you know it’s a pet peeve of mine. Don’t make a novice mistake and believe them when they say they will leave now. Walk away. It’s about $6 or $8 pp depending.

From Port it’s about a 15 to 20 minute ride. Our taxi driver (we were in a van) pulled over on the way out of town and had the shake down. He wanted the money from people he was dropping off in town and the people he was taking to the beach. (He tried to tell everyone to go to the beach first because that would save him time) Don’t be intimidated by them. Just go where you want. They are just trying to make it easier on themselves.

The beach was beautiful; supposedly a top 10 beach, but we are so spoiled now. (Thank you Jesus for my blessings…) anyway, someone from our cruise ship got married there earlier in the day and they were taking pictures still; so it was a nice setting.

There is a bar there for drinks and food (As expensive as the ship, mind you) and you could also rent chairs and umbrellas. There was also a pavilion and several picnic tables scattered around the perimeter of the beach.

We opted to walk down the beach about 3 minutes and there were literally 5 other people. Plenty of shade from the trees and a beautiful view of the horseshoe type bay. We brought our lunch that we had ordered the night before from room service. We walked down to the bar thinking of grabbing a beer, but they were expensive so we decided we didn’t really need it at the time.

You can snorkel here--very calm water—but a good place is all the way down to the left. You will see some cool rock formations and you can wade out and snorkel there. There are plenty of fish swimming around. The water is clear and blue as you may imagine and the sand is nice. Not pure white and soft but very nice none-the-less.

Catching a cab home was no problem at all. They are waiting for you. We had an awesome driver; great family man. You could tell it was his family van, so we tried to make sure we were not sandy or wet.

When we got back we hit the shops. (Beer 2 for 5…you know we had to try that) But be careful! Too many beers make you buy jewelry. Wait! What am I saying? Go ahead and have the beers so you can get some nice jewelry. By the way, all the shops by the port are the same as in town.

Great Day. We would recommend it, even if you are not on the cruise.

3  Thank BelAirTraveler100
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