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$5 for adults; free for kids 12 and younger
24/7

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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 spiel: 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.

Previous beachgoers have nothing but positive things to say about this beach. From its white sands to its pristine waters to its spectacular views, they found very little to fault.

You can experience Magens for yourself any day of the week, but be prepared to pay approximately $5 per adult; children 12 and younger can visit for free. 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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