U.S. Virgin Islands

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Long, white, sandy beaches are the number one reason people visit the U.S. Virgin Islands. Some of the popular ones, like Magens Bay on St. Thomas, and Trunk Bay on St. John, see hordes of cruise ship tourists during the winter. Go before 10am or after 4pm to miss midday crowds.

U.S. Virgin Islands Beaches

Carefree Villa

On action-packed St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Carefree villa within the grounds of the Mahogany Run Golf Course is equipped with three bedrooms, a pool, Wi-Fi, a computer, and golf clubs. Standout features include a deck with ocean vistas and proximity to the island’s best beach, Magens Bay. It’s a short drive to nearby beaches, and the villa provides beach chairs and a cooler. Other amenities include laundry facilities and weekly maid service.

Mahogany Run Golf Course, St. Thomas, 800-289-0900, www.villasofdistinction.com
Tags: beach | great value | villa


Stretching north and south of Frederiksted, beautiful, isolated beaches sit between the road and the sea. To avoid troublemakers, spread your towel out near any one of the restaurants that line the beaches.

St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands,
Tags: beach | outdoors | swimming

Hawksnest Bay Beach

A local favorite, this pretty beach sits off North Shore Road. Snorkelers can view the reefs and fish just off shore. It has bathrooms and picnic pavilions.

St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands,
Tags: beach | snorkeling | editor pick | outdoors | swimming

Magens Bay Beach

A lovely beach with shallow turquoise water, you’ll find restaurants, water-sport equipment rentals, bathrooms, and lots of people on busy cruise ship days here.

St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands,
Tags: beach | editor pick | water sports | outdoors | swimming

Maho Bay Beach

Not to be confused with the campground of the same name, this beach is right next to the road. There are no facilities, but it provides solitude when other beaches are crowded.

St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands,
Tags: beach | outdoors | swimming

Sapphire Beach

With a hotel and condominiums as a backdrop, this lovely beach has great views of St. John.

St. Thomas, off Rte. 38, U.S. Virgin Islands,
Tags: beach | editor pick | views | outdoors | swimming

Trunk Bay Beach

With an underwater snorkeling trail, snack bar, water-sport rentals, and showers, this beach sees a lot of traffic. The far ends of the beach are usually quiet, and the palm trees and sea grapes provide shade.

St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands,
Tags: beach | snorkeling | water sports | outdoors | swimming

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