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Trunk Bay
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Half-Day Tour to Trunk Bay Beach from St. Thomas
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St John Day Trip from St Thomas: Island Sightseeing and Snorkeling at Trunk Bay
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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.
Reviewed August 9, 2010

We went to Trunk bay as part of an excursion we had with our cruise ship. We picked it as an alternative option to an excursion we had booked to Magen's bay, that got cancelled. We were glad we did. The 45 minute ferry ride from St. Thomas was very interesting and enjoyable in the sunshine. We arrived at St. John's and an open air safari bus was waiting to take us to Trunk Bay in the national park. The drive was about 10 minutes and we were able to have a couple of stops for pictures of the bay.

The beach is not that long or wide but is beautiful. The sand is white and smooth. The water a beautiful light aqua color and so clear you could see forever. We were given instructions about where the snorkle trail was and also a bit about using the equipment. If you haven't snorkled before they would give you a lesson if needed. We were able to see lots of fish and coral. Underneath the water they have plaques that describe what you're seeing. The water is so clear you can easily read them with your goggles on.

The beach wasn't that crowded. There were people who insisted on smoking and putting their butts into the sand. It was a shame to see people treat the area and fellow beach users with such disrespect. Otherwise, people were well behaved and the beach area clean.

There are outdoor showers with stone cold water and you have to hold the handle on to get the water to come out. I suppose this is to conserve water so people don't leave the water running. There are also washrooms and a snack bar.

If you have the opportunity to go to Trunk Bay do it even if you don't snorkle. It's gorgeous and worth the trip.

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Reviewed August 1, 2010

Though it is a little crowded this beach has great facilities and the snorkel trail. The beach is empty in the morning and the park's tour can be worth doing. You can shower, rent gear, eat, and snorkel all at one beautiful beach. If you feel up for it you can snorkel over to Cinnamon Bay.

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Reviewed April 13, 2010

Trunk Bay is great from the moment you pull into the parking lot. It does cost a few dollars to get in but it well worth it. There are bathroom/shower facilities, rentals, food, you name it. I would suggest getting there early in the morning so that you can really find peace when you first walk out onto the beach and it is quiet and not the least bit crowded to fully respect what this beach can offer you. This is the most beautiful water. Great for people with small children. My 11 year old son was waist deep and could still see his feet. I have read that it can get crowded during heavy cruise ship days but we went on a day where only 1 cruise ship was docked so it wasn't crowded at all. I could spend every single day at this beach. I would highly recommend it.

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Reviewed March 23, 2010

Just the best. We took a day trip over from St. Thomas and spent the entire day at Trunk Bay. Great snorkeling. YOu can rent everything there for snorkeling. YOu can buy lunch there, not 4 star, but good enough. Just beautiful. It was the high light of my trip. I wish we stayed there for the week, didn't want to go back to St. Thomas after seeing St. John.

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Reviewed February 8, 2010

This beach was so beautiful. There is a snorkeling trail that is pretty cool. Great for beginners, with underwater plaques explaining things. National Park charges to get in, but is worth it!

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