The U.S. Postal Service put it on a stamp, Condé Nast Traveler called it one of the top 10 beaches in the world, National Geographic declared it without equal: Trunk Bay. The talc-soft sands, turquoise waters and lush green backdrop of this earthly paradise inspire superlatives in all who see it, while its location within the Virgin Islands National Park ensures it remains free of unsympathetic development.
Just off-shore, a marked-out underwater trail is a popular snorkeling spot, and you can hire equipment if you didn’t bring your own. In the late afternoon, as visitors drift away, stick around for a perfect tropical sunset.
Trunk Bay is on St. John’s north shore, a few minutes’ drive from Cruz Bay, where ferries arrive from St. Thomas. An entry fee applies during the day, but this gives you access to well-maintained facilities.
For more aquatic activities and the island’s biggest swells head for nearby Cinnamon Bay.