We are going in March with a 15 year old and a 17 year old. They would like to go to a beautiful beach that has facilities...lounge chairs, umbrellas, bathrooms, restaurants, things to do. Does anyone have any great suggestions??
If you don't plan on snorkeling, I'd take a cab to Meagans Bay, its beautiful, but for an even nicer beach and you want to spend a little travel time, I'd get the ferry over to St. Johns/Trunk Bay, one of the nicest beaches I've seen and the snorkeling is good there. You can also find ship tours that take you there, both are nice beaches and it just depends on how much time you want to spend shopping in St. Thomas??
I was in St. John last year at Trunk Bay. There was hardly any beach at that time and it was full of bugs. (of course, I went in January if that means anything). I was personally a little disappointed in St. John, but I realize I am a minority in that feeling. We would like to go to a beautiful beach with facilities. Trunk bay did have bathrooms, but nothing else was open. Perhaps there wasn't a lot open due to the condition of the beach at that time. We probably just hit it at the wrong time or something. Meagan's bay sounds like it perhaps has more of what we are looking for. I also read something about Coki beach. Thanks for the help!!
I disagree with Donna...the snorkeling in Trunk Bay is AWEFUL...there isn't enough coral left to support a lot of fish and the fish that were there have said "to hell with this" and left. I did a study with the University of West Georgia on reef destruction, sure enough Trunk Bay was a subject. And yes liwarren is right, there just isn't a whole lot of beach at Trunk Bay and with tons of tourist...its crowded but you can still find a spot...its not as bad as im making it sound but i would divert from Trunk Bay and give Megan's Bay a shot.
I think as long as you can get over to St. JOhn, you'll be pleased, there are a few beaches to choose from. When we were at Trunk Bay, we say many fish, but for awhile at least it was because we brought bread and were later told we could not feed the fish, well, there went all the beautiful fish. We did snorkel all around the island there, and if you look, there is still some coral and plenty of fish. I still say the beach is one of the prettiest I've seen, have been there twice now and would go again.
Have also tried Meagans Bay and while its a pretty beach too, just doesn't compare to this.
Coki Beach for the best "off the beach" snorkeling but small and few facilities. Magen's is the prettiest. Getting to St. John's is half the fun. Nice ferry ride and beautiful open bus ride to the beaches. There's enough fish for everyone and the beaches are beautiful. Can get crowded but still plenty of room for everyone. Have fun.