Magens Bay

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Magens Bay, located on the island of St. Thomas, is considered one of the best beaches in the area, featuring more than half a mile of protected, white beaches. With high praise comes many visitors, as the beach area is typically crowded, though the clear, calm waters make the location almost irresistible.

Located on the northern coast of the island of St. Thomas, You might think about stopping by even if you aren't staying nearby. Many of the other beaches in the Virgin Islands are known for being soothing, less-traveled spots along the coast. This atmosphere is blissful to some, but other visitors prefer lounging in the livelier environment at Magens Bay.

How to Access The Beach
Magen's Bay Road (Route 35) allows drivers to ride directly up to the beach entrance.

Amenities and Ambiance

Often called one of the world's most beautiful beaches and ranked by Travel + Leisure as one of the "Best Beaches on Earth," Magens Bay is St. Thomas' favorite family beach. A half-mile of crescent-shaped sand and clear blue waters that are ideal for swimming and hanging out make it a great escape. The beach can get very crowded when several cruise ships are in port but walking to the far ends of the beach, you can easily find a quiet spot. St. Thomas' lush green mountains border the shoreline, while views of smaller islands lie off in the distance.

Even if you plan to dine elsewhere, the snack bar on-site could come in handy.

Visitors to Magens Bay will find it is equipped with showers, restrooms, and picnic tables.

Additionally, lounge chairs are available for use at this beach. You will find the water here is clear and good for snorkeling, so purchase or rent some gear if you're hoping to see what lies beneath the surface. As one of the more popular beaches on the island, Magens Bay, is usually very crowded during the day with tourists. It is often a little less crowded in the afternoon hours.

Remember to take into account that the region in which Magens Bay is located is visited by quite a number of tourists, which means the availability of certain facilities is likely to be affected.

Other Information

Guests are asked to pay a small entrance fee ($4), as it helps pay for the area's many amenities.

What's Nearby


This beach is positioned on the North East coast of St. Thomas. It is close to Mahogany Run Public Golf Course, which is only a short distance away. Visitors will have the option to take a taxi or to walk, and it is one of a number of attractions close-by.

If you want to discover more interesting facts about the history of the Virgin Islands, there are lots of sites which offer a historic look at the nation. The nearest historical attraction is All Saints Anglican Church, which is one of the closest historical destinations in the vicinity of Magens Bay.

If your taste for travel keeps you looking for new activity and attraction options, this beach isn't far from any of the items in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Magens Bay
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Mahogany Run Public Golf Course Golf Course 1.2 mi. E St. Thomas
Phantasea Tropical Botanical Garden Botanical Garden 1.3 mi. SW St. Thomas
All Saints Anglican Church Historical Site 1.5 mi. SSW St. Thomas
Blackbeard's Castle Historical Site 1.5 mi. SSW St. Thomas
Ninety-Nine Steps Historical Site 1.6 mi. SSW St. Thomas
Seven Arches Museum Museum 1.6 mi. S St. Thomas
Memorial Moravian Church Historical Site 1.6 mi. S St. Thomas
Haagensen House Museum 1.6 mi. SSW St. Thomas
Dutch Reformed Church Historical Site 1.6 mi. SSW St. Thomas
Zora's Art Gallery Art Gallery 1.6 mi. S St. Thomas
Frederick Lutheran Church Historical Site 1.6 mi. SSW St. Thomas
Synagogue of Beracha Veshalom Vegmiluth Hasidim Historical Site 1.6 mi. SSW St. Thomas

Cities and Towns

Magens Bay is near Charlotte Amalie, so travelers staying in town won't have far to go. Magens Bay visitors hoping to find other opportunities for exploration will want to consider heading over to Charlotte Amalie, because it's in the vicinity and is a particularly busy area of the Virgin Islands. From Magens Bay, Charlotte Amalie is a fairly short distance away, roughly a mile and a half (two and a half kilometers).


The mood here——social and lively, or virtually empty—— will depend on how many hotel guests decide to make the trip as well. Magens Bay is not located near many major hotels, but you may meet guests from smaller lodgings in the area.

Guests looking for a place to stay not far from Magens Bay won't have a difficult time, as there are lots of accommodations to pick from in the immediate vicinity. You can find the closest booking options by looking over those shown in the table that follows.

Accommodations near Magens Bay
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Magens Point Resort 0.6 mi. SE Resort
Mafolie Hotel 1.2 mi. SW Hotel
The Green Iguana Hotel 1.4 mi. SSW Hotel
Villa Blanca 1.5 mi. E Hotel
At Home in the Tropics Bed & Breakfast 1.5 mi. S B & B
Windward Passage Hotel 1.6 mi. SSW Hotel
Bunker Hill Hotel 1.6 mi. SSW B & B
Galleon House Bed & Breakfast 1.6 mi. SSW B & B
Bellavista Bed and Breakfast 1.6 mi. SSW B & B
The Crystal Palace 1.6 mi. SSW B & B


If someone in your group starts to get a little hungry at the beach, it's alright because you'll have plenty of places to dine, without having to go too far. One of the nearest restaurants is Rumbuzz. The restaurant has both International and Mexican dishes on the menu. Many guests rave about their seafood. You'll have the option of walking or taking a cab since it's just a short distance away.

Nearby restaurants are listed in the following table.

Restaurants near Magens Bay
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Rumbuzz (340) 775-2899 International, Mexican Very Casual 0.6 mi. SE
Famous Delite (340) 777-6050 Eclectic -- 0.8 mi. SE
Sib's Restaurant (340) 774-8967 American Very Casual 1.1 mi. SW
Sib's on the Mountain (340) 774-8967 ext. 8 American Informal 1.1 mi. SW
The Grille at Mahogany Run (340) 777-6250 ext. 1241 International Informal 1.2 mi. E
Mafolie Restaurant (340) 774-2790 International Informal 1.2 mi. SW
Sugarcane Grille (340) 774-8056 Caribbean Very Casual 1.6 mi. SSW
E's Garden Teahouse and Things (340) 776-2577 International Very Casual 1.6 mi. SSW
Ideal Restaurant (340) 777-5321 Trinidadian -- 1.6 mi. SSW
Natural Livity (340) 244-4159 Vegetarian Very Casual 1.6 mi. S
Trenchtown Rock Jamaican Bar & Restaurant (340) 774-1996 Caribbean, Jamaican -- 1.6 mi. SSW
Banana Tree Grille (340) 776-4050 Eclectic Fine Dining 1.6 mi. S

Other Beaches

Vacationers in search of the perfect beach on St. Thomas will have lots of options besides Magens Bay.

You may also want to consider Little Magens Bay, another favorite sun-spot in the Virgin Islands. Little Magens Bay on St. Thomas is a beautiful beach and the only one on the island that is clothing optional.

While the Virgin Islands has many alluring attractions, Magens Bay is both a relaxing, sunny hangout and a stunning natural feature.


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