Most of the island's best strands are on its north shore, within the Virgin Islands National Park (more about that below), and the most famous – and according to aficionados one of the world´s most beautiful – is Trunk Bay (pictured here), with clear turquoise waters, powdery white sand, a fascinating  underwater snorkel trail, and a number of amenities, including lifeguards, a snack bar, and rentals of beach chairs and snorkeling gear.

A five-minute drive away from Trunk Bay, also gorgeous Cinnamon Bay is – at more than a half mile – the island´s longest beach. It´s similar in attributes to Trunk, plus one big extra: a camping resort whose options range from bare sites up to elaborate tents and cottages with electricity; there´s also an eatery and social center called Rain Tree Café, and nearby are ruins of a centuries-old plantation (see below).

Other wonderful beaches include Maho Bay (just a 15-minute drive from Cruz Bay and where you can spot marine turtles); secluded, romantic Honeymoon Beach (accessible from Cruz Bay by a short hike or water taxi); and serene, less touristy Salt Pond Bay (which unlike the others is located on the south coast and so is a bit more of a drive from Cruz Bay – 40 minutes – though just over 15 from Coral Bay).

Read more in my post St. John, the USA's Dreamiest Caribbean Paradise.. 




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