St John Beaches

St John Beaches – Spotlight on Trunk Bay

Panoramic view of Trunk Bay – mouse over or tap to scroll left and right!

Trunk Bay beach mapTrunk Bay is St John’s most famous beach, the most photographed beach and voted one of the top ten beaches in the world by Condé Nast Traveler magazine! Located on St John’s north shore and under the protection and management of the Virgin Islands National Park – Trunk Bay should be on everybody’s short list for destinations beaches.  Conveniently located with amenities, good parking and taxi service, you’ll find plenty of  beautiful white sand beach, coconut palms, aqua blue water and terrific snorkeling. Trunk Bay is the only St John beach with a lifeguard(s); and the only beach with an admission fee.

” …snorkel at Trunk Bay, where you might end up swimming with a Hawksbill turtle.” – Condé Nast Traveler

Trunk Bay underwater snorkeling trailSnorkeling the underwater snorkeling trail is great for first-timers, kids and adults. Although this site sees a lot of visitors, it’s still one of the best snorkeling spots on St John to see colorful fish and corals in less than 20′ of water. Keep an eye out for clusters of indigo-blue tunicates. They are a rare treat – and seem to thrive in this location! Snorkel around the rocky cay is more adventure than sightseeing. Waves increase and corals decrease as you reach the far side. The eastern side of the cay is relatively barren of corals.

Getting there:
Taxi service is available in town. If traveling by car – you’ll take North Shore Road out of Cruz Bay. Travel along the winding road for about 2 mi and you’ll come to a scenic overlook. This is where the majority of Trunk Bay pictures are taken. Continue on down to the bottom of the hill and the entrance to Trunk is on your left – you can’t miss it.

NOTE: Because of Trunk Bay’s popularity – it’s best hit the beach early …or later in the afternoon.