Magens Bay Beach on St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, is consistently rated one of the best and most beautiful beaches in the world. It’s about a 15 to 20-minute drive to Magens Bay from downtown Charlotte Amalie. This heart-shaped beach is located within Magens Bay Park which includes an arboretum and acres of coconut groves and mangroves, in addition to camping grounds and of course the one-mile strip of pristine white sand itself. The entire area was donated to the island of St. Thomas by Arthur Fairchild, a Wallstreet financier, back in 1946.

This idyllic getaway is famous for its white sands dotted with tall palm trees and clear blue water, which is quite calm and not known for waves or currents. The fact that the depth of the water increases only gradually makes this beach perfect for young children. Kayaks and paddle boards are available for rent for those who want to brave the deeper waters, and various concession stands offer burgers, pizza, and a variety of other treats for when you start to get hungry. The beach can get quite crowded if several cruise ships are in port, so keep this in mind – it’s probably the most popular tourist destination on the entire island, but for good reason! It certainly lives up to all the hype.

Due to its popularity, and the need to maintain the large grounds, Magens Bay Beach is the only beach on St. Thomas which charges entry fees. The prices are perfectly reasonable, though: just $4 per adults and $2 for teens between 13 and 18 years old.

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