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Magens Bay is St. Thomas' most popular beach. The beautiful one mile stretch is a public park and was donated to the people of the Virgin Islands by Arthur Fairchild. It is the only beach on St. Thomas that has an entry fee; funds are used to maintain the facilities and the beach. The water is usually very calm with no waves or current, great for floating along and for swimming. The bay deepens gradually from shore making it perfect for small children. Snorkeling is possible along the rocky coast, but Magens Bay is not known for good snorkeling. A water sports booth rents paddle boats, kayaks and sunfish. Beach chairs, floats and snorkel sets are available at the concession.

Also at the concession is a bar and restaurant that serves burgers, pizzas and other snacks, a gift shop and a hair braiding stand. The beach is a popular stop on island tour itineraries and can get crowded on days when there are several cruise ships in port. Most beach goers pick a spot close to the restaurant area, so typically if you walk down the shore a bit away form the concession you will find fewer people. On weekday afternoons you will find residents relaxing after work and getting in some exercise. It is common to see mom's pushing strollers while power walking, men and women jogging, kids riding bikes and people swimming laps between 5 and 6pm. On Sundays and holidays the beach is a favorite destination for residents; and parties ranging from small picnics to loud gatherings are common on those days. Lifeguards are on duty everyday.

A beautifully manicured beach, Great Cruz Bay is the location of the Westin Resort. The beach is lined with palm trees and is very inviting. There are water sports equipment rentals, beach umbrellas and beach chairs available. A water trampoline anchored in the middle of the bay is inviting for children. The water is usually very calm, perfect for swimming. Seagrass in some areas of the water is common.

The first beach that you see when the ferry pulls into Cruz Bay is little Cruz Bay on the right and the left of the dock. Little Cruz Bay is lined by palm trees and is a lovely spot to stop and sit while waiting for the ferry or to take a break while walking around Cruz Bay. The water is clear and inviting, however there are always boats anchored in the water. Shops and restaurants line one side of Little Cruz Bay and the taxi stand lines the other. Little Cruz Bay is one of the busiest little beaches on St. John.

There are two Lameshur Bays; Little Lameshur and Great Lameshur. Little Lameshur is a protected sand and rubble beach separated from Great Lameshur by Yawzi Point. The bays are offer scenic shorelines and good snorkeling. Somewhat isolated due to the long drive required to get there the bays are often sparsely populated

Salt Pond Bay is a beautiful bay with amazingly clear water. The beach is often sparsely populated because it is a longer drive from Cruz Bay then most of the popular beaches, and requires a short 7-10 minute hike downhill once at the parking lot. You can continue hiking around a nearby salt pond toward the ocean on the Drunk Bay Trail. A longish swim to the middle of the bay to a set of jagged rocks that break the surface offers good snorkeling. Snorkeling can also be enjoyed along the rocky sides of the bay, in particular the eastern coastline. The beach doesn't offer shade as foliage consists of short shrubs

Maho Bay is a long beautiful, white sand beach. It is close to the road so access is easy, however roadside parking is limited. Boaters often frequent Maho on weekends. The bay is calm and sheltered. Seagrass beds in this shallow bay provide food for green sea turtles, which are seen often in the early morning and late afternoons. The water is relatively shallow and deepens gradually making it great for children. Maho Bay is often sparsely populated on weekdays so finding a quiet spot for yourself is easy

Visit Francis Bay and you will find yourself on one of St. John's longest beaches. This beautiful beach has calm waters and a lovely, sandy shore. Often sparsely populated on weekdays its easy to find a nice quiet spot. Picnic tables are available. The Francis Bay Trail runs along a salt pond and offers great bird watching. There is good snorkeling for beginners along the western end of the beach towards Maho Bay. For strong swimmers, enter the water from the rocky section of other end of the beach. Halfway out from the bay's point begins a varied, narrow reef. For those with a kayak, Whistling Cay, adjacent to the bay, offers very good snorkeling

Leinster Bay, is bordered by the Leinster Bay Trail. The area before the parking lot is great for walking and exploring. Mangrove trees line the left side of the bay. The water is very shallow for a distance and then it quickly drops off and becomes the open ocean. The shoreline is fairly pebbly, however there are a few sandy areas that can be used to enter the water for a swim. A 10-15 minute walk from the parking area down the trail will bring you to a narrow stretch of sand. Another 10 minutes down the trail is Waterlemon Bay, a lovely, often quiet beach. Waterlemon Cay, located a longish swim from shore, offers excellent snorkeling. Walking along the rocky coast on an unofficial trail to the tip of the bay will allow you to enter at a closer point to the cay for a shorter swim. A strong current runs along the back, right side of the cay, use caution.

Jumbie Bay is a lovely little beach. Often sparsely populated it is a great spot to enjoy some private beach time; spread your towel, beach blanket or just to lay in the sand. A walk down wooden steps and a short trail leads you to the beach from the main road. Parking is limited to a few roadside spots.  A small sign on the roadside indicates the beach; it is easily missed. The water at Jumbie can be choppy on windy days. Use caution when swimming as the water deepens quickly. A hard beach rock covers an area of the beach with sandy areas around it. Snorkeling can be enjoyed on calm days along a shallow reef that extends from the right side of the beach.

Denis Bay is a pretty and quiet beach. Its powdery white sand shore is often sparsely populated, primarily because its only accessible by a rugged trail or by boat. The trail begins at the Peace Hill trail and descends to the western extreme of the bay.. Denis Bay is part of the National Park. There is fair to good snorkeling to be had. Bring snacks and drinks with you as there are no amenities.  The property behind the tree line at the beach is private.

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