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“Paradise Defined!”
Review of Trunk Bay

Trunk Bay
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Half-Day Tour to Trunk Bay Beach from St. Thomas
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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.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Paradise Defined!”
Reviewed August 16, 2014

Amazing view and snorkeling....this is what Heaven must be like! We swam and snorkeled and took in the vistas. We arrived after 4pm so we did not have to pay. You gotta see this!!

Visited August 2014
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New York City, New York
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“Amazing Day Trip to St. John's”
Reviewed August 16, 2014

Beautiful beach, nice snorkeling. Just remember to bring towels or a blanket. Chairs and snorkeling gear are available for renting. But the beach is so beautiful, you'll likely be in the water most of your time there. Don't miss it!

Visited August 2014
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Twickenham, United Kingdom
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“Come On Over to the BVI”
Reviewed August 10, 2014

I just don't get the point of a beach like this. Yes it's breathtakingly beautiful but first of all you have to pay to get on it and then it is like the worst beach in the height of summer on the Costa del Brits Abroad in Spain. Showers, toilets, shops, burger bars etc. US commercialism gone mad but the worst thing is the heath and safety overkill. I mean, lifeguards that seem to outnumber the punters by 5 to 1. They're everywhere, up 30 feet high towers, on surfboards and in boats - surely a helicopter or a drone would come in useful to fully augment this suite of safety measures. Swimmers, canoeists, snorkelers and sailors are shouted at through megaphones if they are doing anything that is perceived to be "dangerous" ("dangerous"- is analogous to just being in the water). 2 canoeists were given the full treatment: "you 2 canoeists! You are in a restricted zone. Steer immediately to the right of the "boo-eee" (what's that about? the pronunciation is "boy" as it is spelled "buoy" - the "u" is silent). People were being shouted at for snorkelling in the wrong place or swimming on their own. It really is amazing that anyone is actually allowed in the water. We lasted for 2 hours and left. We caught an earlier ferry than we intended to and headed back to the sanity of the BVI. The taxi driver that took us to the ferry in the morning brought us back again in the afternoon. He asked us how the USVI compared to the BVI we just said that we were so glad to be back "home". "That's what most people say" he said. Try Smuggler's Cove - Tortola: no restaurants, no showers, no services, no charge, no lifeguards and no "boo-eees". It's what a beach is all about.

Visited April 2014
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“Great place to snorkel”
Reviewed August 9, 2014

Plenty of sand for everyone! Lifeguard on duty from 9 -4. $4 admission at that time but also gives you access to bathrooms, etc. We went after 4 pm in hopes of avoiding most of the cruise ship passengers...no admission, but also no lifeguard. We very much enjoyed the snorkeling...underwater path (although not always easy to locate the markers) was a fun experience, water was not too deep and there was a lot to see. I have read about this place several times over the years...I was not disappointed. Definitely would do again...and again...

Visited August 2014
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Cherryville, North Carolina
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“Breathtakingly Beautiful ”
Reviewed August 9, 2014 via mobile

Well it was like a postcard, or a good book about a beach paradise. We went into the water and slowly swam over towards the coral snorkeling. There were fish, a few at first and then more and more. Then we saw a Ray. Snorkeling takes some getting used to, you have to swim and don't put your feet down on the coral

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