St John’s most famous beach is also one of the most photographed beaches in the United States Virgin Islands. Over a quarter mile of beautiful white sand makes this the showpiece beach of the National Park Service. Enjoy a self-guided snorkel trail with underwater information about coral formations and sea life. Facilities include a snack bar/grill, souvenir shop, showers, restrooms, public telephones, and lifeguards.
From Cruz Bay – take Rte 20 ( North Shore Road) approx. 2.5 miles. There’s a scenic overlook where the majority of Trunk Bay pictures are taken. Continue on down the hill and you’ll see signs for Trunk Bay beach parking. There is a $4/pp admission fee.
St John’s most visited beach, the most photographed beach and voted one of the top ten beaches in the world by Condé Nast Traveler magazine! If that isn’t enough for you – it lives up to all the hype! Conveniently located with good parking and taxi service, you’ll find plenty of beautiful white sand beach with towering coconut palms, aqua blue water and terrific snorkeling.
Because of its popularity, Trunk gets a fair number of visitors. The numbers, not surprisingly, often correspond to the number of cruise ships at port in Charlotte Amalie on St Thomas. Check the cruise ship schedule.
While the beach can get crowded nearest the beach entrances and closest to the snorkeling trail – fewer people venture down the beach to the west ( left as you face the ocean). If you’re looking for a bit more space …make the walk. you’ll also find a little beach at the far end. It doesn’t get as much sun …but it’s about as private as you get on Trunk ; )
Snorkeling the underwater snorkeling trail is great for first-timers, kids and older adults. Although this site sees a lot of visitors, it’s still one of the best snorkeling spots on St John to see colorful fish and corals – in less than 20′ of water. Keep an eye out for clusters of indigo-blue tunicates. They are a rare treat – and seem to thrive in this location! Snorkel around the rocky cay is more adventure than sightseeing. Waves increase and corals decrease as you reach the far side. The eastern side of the cay is relatively barren of corals.
CAUTION! - Depending on the weather, tides and moon phase – there can be waves and a strong current on the far edge of the Cay. Use common sense, never exceed your abilities and always snorkel with someone.