Magens Bay Beach

U.S. Virgin Islands




Venerable Virgin Islands Beach

A beautiful white-sand curve sandwiched between the Peterborg peninsula and Tropaco Point, Magens Bay Beach is St. Thomas’ most celebrated (and most popular) beach. It’s rumored that even famed sea captain Sir Francis Drake used the area as a base for his exploits.

Offering gin-clear waters and splendid views of the island’s verdant slopes, this stretch, located just a few miles north of Charlotte Amalie, is by no means under the radar. Both locals and tourists gather here for the quintessential Caribbean beach experience.


There is a small fee to enter Magens Bay Beach ($4), but the good news is that since it’s a part of the park system, the beach has parking, lifeguards, bathrooms, showers and a snack counter. Water sports equipment like paddleboards, kayaks and paddleboats can be rented, along with snorkeling gear, but don’t expect to see much in terms of aquatic life — the ocean floor is sandy and devoid of coral reefs.

Prepare for Crowds

If visitors have any complaints about Magens Bay Beach, it would be that it can get overly crowded at times. It doesn’t help that cruise ships bring sun-seekers by the hundreds.

Though there aren’t any secluded corners of the beach to escape to for privacy, one way to avoid the throngs is to come early in the morning or late in the afternoon.

Magens Bay Beach at a Glance

City:St. Thomas

Country or State:U.S. Virgin Islands

Length of Beach:.75 miles

Access:By car or cruise excursions

Best time to visit:Fall - best rates, no crowd

High Season:Dec. to April

Low Season:May to November

Beach Hours:8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


  • Water sports rentals
  • On-site restaurant

Beach Type:

  • White sand
  • Saltwater
  • Popular