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 side of the island of St. Thomas, You should think about stopping by even if you aren't staying particularly close by. Although travel usually involves making dozens of little decisions, choosing a suitable beach may be one of the more important things you do. Magens Bay is one of many fun beaches in the Virgin Islands to consider.

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 concession stand at this spot is also an option.

Showers, picnic tables, and restrooms are offered at Magens Bay, which means beachgoers can plan on spending quite a bit of time here.

Additionally, there are lounge chairs available at this spot. You'll find the waters off-shore to be clear and good for snorkeling, so bring your equipment if you want to do some underwater exploration. 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 and its comforts can be found well within a popular area that can get crowded. If busy-beaches are not something you want, it will be an appropriate reason to plan your day to beat all the other tourists, like showing up before the sun it at its hottest. If not, it's possible you may be unable to completely enjoy all the services that this beach has on site.

Important Information

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

What's Nearby

Attractions

This spot is on the North East coast of St. Thomas. Mahogany Run Public Golf Course is only a short distance away, so tourists could take a cab or probably walk to this attraction, and it is among the attractions in the area.

If you're interested in learning more about the history of the Virgin Islands, there are nearby attractions where you can learn about their culture and traditions. The nearest historical attraction is All Saints Anglican Church, which is one of the closest interesting historical sites in the neighborhood of Magens Bay.

Being able to choose from some activities besides the beach will ensure you won't run out of ways to stay busy. 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
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 very close to Charlotte Amalie, so travelers staying in town won't have far to go. Those visiting Magens Bay who are looking for other opportunities for exploration might consider going to Charlotte Amalie, since it's nearby and is a particularly busy area of the Virgin Islands. From the beach, Charlotte Amalie is not far away, maybe a mile and a half (two and a half kilometers).

Hotels

How many other people you encounter at Magens Bay will vary depending on the time of day, particularly in the high season when hotels overflow with tourists. There aren't many major hotels in the immediate vicinity, but it's sometimes enjoyed by guests from smaller accommodations in the area.

Because this beach is situated in a fairly popular tourist destination, it is not usually very difficult to find the type of hotel you're looking for nearby. If you and your group are looking to find a place that's on or near the beach, the table that follows shows the closest options to Magens Bay.

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

Food

When lunchtime rolls around and you start getting hungry, the area near this beach provides some viable options, so you won't have to wander too far from these sands. One of the closest restaurants is Rumbuzz. This restaurant offers both International and Mexican menu items. They're perhaps most famous, though, for their seafood. You could take a cab or probably walk to this restaurant since it's just a short distance away.

Some nearby restaurant options 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

Of course, there are lots of other spots along the coast of St. Thomas, so if Magens Bay doesn't suit you, you can still find a great spot.

You may also enjoy Little Magens Bay, which is an additional nearby Virgin Islands destination. Little Magens Bay on St. Thomas is a beautiful beach and the only one on the island that is clothing optional.

The Virgin Islands has a lot to offer its visitors, but Magens Bay is both a refreshing place to relax, and a beautiful natural attraction.

 

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