Top 10 beaches in US Virgin Islands

Some of the best beaches in the world can be found on US Virgin Islands. The pristine sandy beaches and tall palm trees under the bright cobalt sky attract thousands of visitors each year, most of them are American citizens because they don’t need a passport to travel to this paradise. There are countless of incredible beaches in the archipelago: there are large and small beaches, fine-sand and pebbly beaches; wild beaches with no man-made development at all and noisy beaches with bars, restaurants and clubs. Some beaches have great waves, others are good  for snorkeling; some are comfortable and easy, others - awe-inspiring. The most beautiful and popular beaches in US Virgin Islands are listed below.

1Trunk Bay

Named one of the Top 10 Beaches in the World by Travel and Leisure magazine, Trunk Bay is located on the island of St. John and is known for its powdery sand, crystal clear water, unique underwater nature trail accessible by snorkel and scuba. It is a favorite stop for visiting yachts, cruisers and joyning the SNUBA program which offers visitors the possibility to taste the incredible world of underwater exploration without the hassles of learning to use scuba equipment.

2Honeymoon Bay

Honeymoon is a tranquil little beach on St. John Island. It offers beautiful white sand and crystal clear waters. The Honeymoon Bay isn’t crowded because it’s not accessible by car, hence only those who love to do some hiking venture here. The bay is also popular with charter boats from mid-morning to mid-afternoon. Snorkeling can be enjoyed at the rocky headland that extends into the water between Salomon and Honeymoon Bay.

3Cinnamon Bay

Cinnamon Bay is one of the more popular and beautiful beaches on St. John Island. This long, sandy beach faces beautiful cays and abuts the national park campground which has good parking and plenty of facilities. This National Park campground has a fabulous beach with good snorkeling, water-sports rentals, a restaurant and a store, as well as scenic views of the nearby islands. Snorkelers will find boulders colonized by a variety of coral and sponges, colorful reef fish, especially parrot fish.
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4Magen’s Bay

Magen’s Bay is located on the island of St. Thomas. It is 805 meters (1,5 mile) in length and is protected from the strong Caribbean currents by two peninsulas; therefore, making this beach a wonderful spot to swim due to its amazingly quiet water. Nevertheless, the Magen’s Bay isn’t ideal for snorkeling, instead it’s lovely for relaxing away from the crowds. It also boasts some of the purest sand in the Virgin Islands.

5Vessup Bay

Vessup Bay is a gorgeous white-sand beach on St. Thomas Island; it is interspersed with clusters of rocks, seagrape trees, cacti and century plants. The beach is popular with singles and couples;  one end of the beach is less populated than the other. The long stretch of sand is great for taking a leisurely stroll and the calm waters are nice for swimming. On clear days tourists can swim out 150 yards to the drop-off and look hundreds of feet down a wall; fish and coral formations are in abundance here.

6Coki Point Beach

Coki Beach is is a relatively small, but very pretty beach on St. Thomas Island. Its crystal clear water and beautiful white sand, attract thousands of tourists every year. Extensive reef make it ideal for swimming, diving and snorkeling. Coki Beach also hosts the world famous marine park Coral World underwater observatory that houses the predator tank. The beach gets crowded with residents on weekends and with tourists when a cruise ship is in town.

7Bluebeard Beach

St. Thomas' Bluebeard Beach is located east of town on Bolongo Road and is known for its excellent windsurfing. The beach is serene, placid, well maintained and surrounded by palm lined walkways. The water is usually very calm and there is typically a nice breeze. The resort's watersports activities desk offers a range of options from kayaking to windsurfing, although equipment must be rented elsewhere. Bluebeard Beach is very quiet, great for resting and enjoying the scenery and perfect weather.

8Morningstar Beach

St. Thomas' Morningstar is not only one of the most attractive beaches in the Virgin Islands, it is also truly unique, providing everything a tourist need for a perfect vacation. The beach offers a vantage point from which to watch sailboats and cruise ships glide past the eastern point of St. Thomas' harbor. It offers good facilities for those who want to sit back on a lounge chair with a cool drink from one of the two full-service bars and for those who want to practice water sports. A concession rents floating mats, snorkeling equipment, sailboards and Jet Skis.
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9Cane Bay

Cane Bay is, by far, the best beach on St. Croix. It’s popular among divers and snorkel enthusiasts due to its spattering of colorful coral reefs just offshore; the nearby reefs offers some of the best diving in the world. It’s also a lovely beach for the families with kids and for those looking for a romantic walk. Weekends are the most popular days for the locals to visit, so those days may be more lively than others during the week.

10Jack and Isaac Bays Preserve

The white sand beaches and upland forests of Jack and Isaac Bays, make up one of the few pristine ecosystems remaining on St. Croix Island. The preserve is home to fragile bays, wind shaped ecosystems of rolling hills, steep valleys and beautiful beaches. Here can be found the largest nesting populations of green and hawksbill turtles on St. Croix. Beach access may be limited during some periods of turtle nesting season. Snorkeling is excellent in the area. Coral reefs in these bays are home to at least 400 species of fish, including parrot fish, blue tangs, four-eyed butterfly fish and sergeant majors. There are no facilities at Jacks & Isaacs, but that’s part of the reason the beach is still so beautiful and pristine, the sand is still so powdery soft and the water is still so pristine and calm. There are no other words for both of these beaches, except magnificent.
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