Magens Bay (St. Thomas)#3 in Best Things To Do in U.S. Virgin Islands
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There's no beach on St. Thomas (or maybe even the entire Virgin Islands archipelago) that's as celebrated as Magens Bay. So let us add our own poetic schpeel: This north coast beach could potentially be the most photogenic and swimmable shore of the Virgin Islands. But years of positive reinforcement has led to an intense popularity with tourists who are all too willing to pay the entry fee to enjoy Magens' charms.
A TripAdvisor user gushes that the beach looks great from every angle: "We drove to the top of a mountain to view this beautiful heart shaped beach. We got amazing pictures from the top. Beautiful white sand and clear water." And the praise goes on and on …
You can experience Magens for yourself any day of the week, but be prepared to pay approximately $5 per adult. For the most privacy, visit in the early morning or later afternoon, but before the evening's gnats come out to bite.
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#1 Virgin Islands National Park (St. John)
You don't have to make a special effort to visit the Virgin Islands National Park; if you're on St. John, you're probably standing right on the edge of it. Two-thirds of the island is parkland, and most of Love City's top attractions — Annaberg Plantation, Caneel Bay and Trunk Bay — are within its confines. There are numerous ways to enjoy this tropical paradise. Adventurous travelers should hike at least one of the 22 trails, while families will enjoy camping overnight on the beach.
There is no fee to enter the park, but you'll have to fork over $4 per adult to enjoy Trunk Bay beach. One TripAdvisor user raves that a visit to Trunk Bay is well worth the price: "Trunk Bay is absolutely gorgeous and has all the amenities — sheltered picnic tables, restrooms and a good snack stand. If you want to sit, read and/or watch the world go by this is the very best beach!"
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