Little Magens Bay

Set a little farther east of Magens Bay beach, Little Magens Bay is casual and gorgeous for swimming or lounging on the beach. In spite of the restriction of nude sunbathing on St. Thomas, Little Magens Bay remains a popular nude beach, where mature guests can take advantage of the comfortable sand and clear waters.

Set on the island of St. Thomas, You should consider dropping by even if you aren't staying nearby. Vacationers will notice that, while Little Magens Bay is certainly not secluded, it's not the busiest of the Virgin Islands' beaches either. It's makes a great option for families who want to visit a somewhat lively beach but also want to skip out on the crowds.

How to Access The Beach
Access to the beach is provided by local roads branching off of Route 35. Guests should take a right on Peterborg road, which leads to a small car park. Alternatively, guests can walk from the larger Magens Bay beach by heading east.

Amenities and Ambiance

Little Magens Bay is a beautiful beach close to the popular Magens Bay, however it is not the same. Take a small, marked trail to this "little" beach, St. Thomas' only clothing-optional stretch of sand. Tropical vegetation and scattered rocks create a sense of seclusion, though the beach is within half a mile of Fairchild Park and other local attractions.

There is also a restaurant on-location, which many Little Magens Bay visitors find convenient and satisfying. There all types of dining experiences to be enjoyed in the Virgin Islands, but trying local cusine right on the beach can be especially fun. With this in mind, you might ask your hotel if they offer to pack picnic lunches for their guests. Otherwise, street vendors and casual walk-up eateries will have take-out dishes you can bring to the beach.

The snack bar here is the ultimate convenience if you need a cold drink, or something to hold you over until dinner. If available, you could also order some food from one of the mobile vendors who typically set up at this spot.

Keep in mind that restrooms won't be found on-site, so if you're visiting with small children you might want to consider a different location. The water in the area is clear and good for snorkeling, so bring along some equipment if you're looking to see what goes on beneath the surface. Be prepared for nude sunbathing if you visit Little Magens Bay, a beach especially popular with homosexuals, for most of the visitors to this beach come here to remove their tan lines. It is also said to be former U.S. President Clinton's favored beach on St. Thomas.

Since Little Magens Bay happens to be found inside a major tourist area, you'll want to plan accordingly.

What's Nearby


This pleasant stretch of sand known as Little Magens Bay is on the North coast of St. Thomas; it's located near attractions like Phantasea Tropical Botanical Garden, which is one of the closest attractions.

If you want to learn more about the history of the Virgin Islands, many sites offer unique historical perspectives on the area. One of the nearest historical attractions is All Saints Anglican Church, which is one of the closest places of historical interest in the vicinity of Little Magens Bay.

Beaches are a great attraction to visit, but there will be more options available in the Virgin Islands. The following table includes the closest attractions.

Activities and Attractions Near Little Magens Bay
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Phantasea Tropical Botanical Garden Botanical Garden 1.4 mi. SW St. Thomas
Mahogany Run Public Golf Course Golf Course 1.5 mi. ESE St. Thomas
Tree Limin' Extreme Zip Line Site 1.6 mi. WSW St. Thomas
All Saints Anglican Church Historical Site 1.8 mi. S St. Thomas
Blackbeard's Castle Historical Site 1.8 mi. S St. Thomas
Ninety-Nine Steps Historical Site 1.9 mi. S St. Thomas
Seven Arches Museum Museum 1.9 mi. S St. Thomas
Haagensen House Museum 1.9 mi. S St. Thomas
Dutch Reformed Church Historical Site 1.9 mi. S St. Thomas
Synagogue of Beracha Veshalom Vegmiluth Hasidim Historical Site 1.9 mi. S St. Thomas
Memorial Moravian Church Historical Site 1.9 mi. S St. Thomas
Frederick Lutheran Church Historical Site 2.0 mi. S St. Thomas

Cities and Towns

Little Magens Bay is in the Charlotte Amalie area, so a trip into the city——for snacks, drinks, and other attractions——is a convenient option. Tourists at Little Magens Bay who are hoping to find a little additional excitement should consider going to Charlotte Amalie, because it's close-by and is a particularly busy area of the Virgin Islands.


The crowdedness of the shoreline can vary widely, it depends on several things: the season, the weather, even how full the nearby hotels are. This spot is not near many large hotels, but you may meet guests from some of the smaller accommodations in the area.

Because this beach is located in a pretty touristed area, it shouldn't be that difficult to find the kind of hotel you're looking for close-by. If you and your group are wanting to get a place that's near the water, the table below shows the accommodations closest to Little Magens Bay.

Accommodations near Little Magens Bay
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Magens Point Resort -- -- Resort
Mafolie Hotel -- -- Hotel
The Green Iguana Hotel -- -- Hotel
Villa Blanca -- -- Hotel
Bunker Hill Hotel -- -- B & B
At Home in the Tropics Bed & Breakfast -- -- B & B
Windward Passage Hotel -- -- Hotel
Galleon House Bed & Breakfast -- -- B & B
Bellavista Bed and Breakfast -- -- B & B
The Crystal Palace -- -- B & B


If you're feeling hungry for a midday meal, this beach has many nearby restaurants, and you don't have to go far from the shore. One of the nearest places to eat is Rumbuzz. The restaurant offers both International and Mexican dishes on the menu. They are also known for serving seafood.

The table below provides a list of places to eat near this beach.

Restaurants near Little Magens Bay
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Rumbuzz (340) 775-2899 International, Mexican Very Casual -- --
Famous Delite (340) 777-6050 Eclectic -- -- --
Sib's Restaurant (340) 774-8967 American Very Casual -- --
Sib's on the Mountain (340) 774-8967 ext. 8 American Informal -- --
The Grille at Mahogany Run (340) 777-6250 ext. 1241 International Informal -- --
Mafolie Restaurant (340) 774-2790 International Informal -- --
St Peter Greathouse & Botanical Gardens (340) 774-4999 Caribbean Informal -- --
North Side Bistro & Brewery (340) 775-5098 Caribbean Informal -- --
Hull Bay Hideaway (340) 777-1898 American Very Casual -- --
Sugarcane Grille (340) 774-8056 Caribbean Very Casual -- --
E's Garden Teahouse and Things (340) 776-2577 International Very Casual -- --
Ideal Restaurant (340) 777-5321 Trinidadian -- -- --

Other Beaches

Travelers searching for the perfect beach will have lots of choices besides Little Magens Bay.

You may also want to consider Magens Bay, which is an additional nearby Virgin Islands destination. Magens Bay, known throughout the world, is a stunning beach on St. Thomas with ample amenities and facilities for guests. However, this tourist stop can get extremely crowded and there is a small entrance fee.

Perhaps Little Magens Bay is the most convenient coastline for you to visit, but some travelers itch to explore more; in which case you should keep looking for a beach or natural attraction that suits your vacation style.


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