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 very close. The Virgin Islands' beaches are known for being calm, pleasant, and quiet. Though some travelers can't wait to enjoy these secret spots, those who like to keep active will find there's much more variety 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.

The snack bar located at this spot is perfect for quick lunches and cold drinks, too.

Facilities like showers, picnic tables, and restrooms are available at Magens Bay, meaning guests can enjoy these benefits and potentially stay for an entire day.

In addition, visitors can access lounge chairs at this beach. The water in the area is of good snorkeling quality, so purchase or rent some gear if you want to see the underwater world. 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.

Magens Bay with its offerings for amenities and services can be located well within an area that sees many visitors. If you would rather stay free of busy-beaches and crowded shores, it'll be a smart idea to plan your visit out for times when there are less people, for example heading to the beach earlier in the day. If you do not, you might risk all those comforts becoming too busy.

More Details

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

What's Nearby


Found on the North East coast of St. Thomas; this area boasts other attractions such as Mahogany Run Public Golf Course, which is one and a quarter miles away.

History-focused attractions such as All Saints Anglican Church are a great compliment to the natural beauty of Magens Bay, and they give vacationers the chance to learn more about the Virgin Islands, without venturing too far from the coast.

With a selection of nearby activities, you'll never run low on things to do. The following table contains a list of the closest attractions.

Activities and Attractions Near Magens Bay
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Mahogany Run Public Golf Course Golf Course 1.2 mi. E 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
Caribbean World Amber Museum Museum 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
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
Liberty Bell Historical Site 1.7 mi. SSW St. Thomas

Cities and Towns

Magens Bay guests hoping to find a little additional excitement will want to think about making the trip to Charlotte Amalie, which is close-by and is an active, busy area. From Magens Bay, Charlotte Amalie is a fairly short distance away, maybe a mile and a half (two and a half kilometers).


Whether or not you encounter a lot of other visitors will depend on how many hotel guests decide to make the trip as well. There aren't many major hotels nearby, but it's sometimes enjoyed by guests from some of the smaller accommodations in the area.

Because the beach is in a pretty popular vacation area, it typically isn't much of a challenge to find exactly the type of hotel you're looking for close-by. If you and your group are hoping to find a place that's on or near the water, the following table lists the accommodations closest to Magens Bay.

Accommodations near Magens Bay
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Magens Point Resort 0.6 mi. SE Resort
Mafolie Hotel 1.2 mi. SSW Hotel
The Green Iguana Hotel 1.4 mi. SSW Hotel
The Inn at Blackbeard's Castle 1.5 mi. SSW Hotel
Villa Blanca 1.5 mi. E Hotel
At Home in the Tropics Bed & Breakfast 1.5 mi. S B & B
Hotel 1829 1.5 mi. SSW Hotel
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


One of the best ways to round off a laid-back trek to the beach is to dine at a local restaurant, where you'll be able to sample the local chefs' favorite dishes, without straying too far from your current location. One of the nearest places to eat is Rumbuzz. The restaurant serves both International and Mexican cuisines. They also specialize in seafood. You could take a cab or probably walk to this restaurant since it's just a little ways away.

The following table lists nearby restaurant options.

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
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. SSW
Tavern On The Waterfront (340) 776-4328 Contemporary, European Fine Dining 1.6 mi. SSW
Herve's Restaurant & Wine Bar (340) 777-9703 Bistro Fine Dining 1.6 mi. SSW
Natural Livity (340) 244-4159 Vegetarian Very Casual 1.6 mi. S
Parrots Bar and Deli (340) 344-8999 Tex-Mex Very Casual 1.6 mi. SSW
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
Jen's Island Cafe And Deli (340) 777-4611 American Very Casual 1.7 mi. SSW
Cuzzin's Caribbean Restaurant & Bar (340) 777-4711 Caribbean -- 1.7 mi. SSW

Other Beaches

Magens Bay is just one of many beaches you can visit on St. Thomas.

Vacationers may also want to visit Little Magens Bay, one of the many great Virgin Islands beach sites. Little Magens Bay on St. Thomas is a beautiful beach and the only one on the island that is clothing optional.

There's plenty to see and do in the Virgin Islands, and Magens Bay offers just one way to spend time outdoors.


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