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.

Located on the northern coast of the island of St. Thomas, You should consider stopping by whether or not you are staying particularly close by. Finding the best beach in the Virgin Islands is easy if you seek the right balance. You may want one that is a little off the beaten path, but still has all the major conveniences; that's why somewhat secluded areas like Little Magens Bay make good vacation hangouts.

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.

Of course, there is also a restaurant located right on-site. The Virgin Islands has a wide assortment of dining options, but don't think that tables, chairs, and waiters are prerequisites for a great meal. Many visitors would rather eat lunch by the shoreline than in a different restaurant. Ask your hotel about picnic lunches, as some hotels offer to pack snacks for their guests' day trips. Otherwise, there are plenty of walk-up vendors that offer hot, on-the-go food.

Even if you plan to dine elsewhere, the snack bar on-site could come in handy. You might also have the option to order some food from one of the mobile vendors who typically operate along this coastline.

Unfortunately, you won't find any public restrooms along this coastline, so those of you traveling with small children may want to consider another spot. You'll find the waters off-shore to be of good snorkeling quality, so bring along some gear if you're hoping to find some interesting marine life. 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.

Remember to take into account that Little Magens Bay's immediate surroundings are highly urbanized, so factor that into your plans.

What's Nearby


Little Magens Bay is on the North coast of St. Thomas; this area boasts other attractions such as Phantasea Tropical Botanical Garden, which is one of the most conveniently accessible attractions.

If you want to combine some cultural exploration with your trip to the beach, you might want to consider visiting Seven Arches Museum, one of the closest museums, so it could be a welcomed alternative to hot afternoon activities.

Beaches are nice for a few hours here and there, but there will be more options available in the Virgin Islands. The following chart includes some other attractions close-by.

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 near Charlotte Amalie, so a trip into the city is a definite option. Little Magens Bay visitors looking for other opportunities for exploration will want to consider heading to Charlotte Amalie, which is not far away and is a particularly bustling part of the Virgin Islands.


The mood here——social and lively, or virtually empty—— will depend on many factors, including the capacity of nearby hotels. The area is not home to many major hotels, but it's sometimes enjoyed by visitors staying at the few small lodgings in the area.

Because the beach is in a fairly touristed area, it is not usually that tough to find just the right kind of hotel nearby. If you and your group are looking to find a place that's near the beach, the table that follows shows the accommodation options 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 someone in your group starts to get a little hungry at the beach, it's alright because there are lots of nearby options when it comes to dining. Rumbuzz is one of the closest eateries. This restaurant has both International and Mexican cuisines. They're perhaps most famous, though, for their seafood.

The following table lists nearby restaurant options.

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 who are looking for the ideal beach will have lots of choices besides Little Magens Bay.

You may also enjoy Magens Bay, one of the many great Virgin Islands beach sites. 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.

The Virgin Islands offers endless ways to discover its natural beauty, and paying a visit to Little Magens Bay is just one way you can spend your afternoon.


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