A spun sugar strip of sand that curves in an elegant, smiley horse shoe shape over a full three quarters of a mile, Magens Bay has been regularly rated by National Geographic as one of the ten best beaches anywhere in the world. Even in the beach nirvana that is the Eastern Caribbean, Magens Bay is something truly spectacular.
It sprawls across the north west shore of St. Thomas, the largest of the US Virgin Islands, and sits at the head of a deep water bay that was once allegedly used as an anchorage by Sir Francis Drake. Normally blessed with benign weather, the island is one of the mainstays of the Caribbean cruise circuit.
As part of a protected national park, the beach also backs onto an area of natural mangrove swamps. The beach area itself provides a bar and restaurant hut, tables and chairs, beach rentals including kayaks, sailboats and deck chairs, lifeguards on duty, and restrooms at regular intervals.
But it is the sheer scale, sweep, and haunting beauty of the vast, beautiful expanse of beach that gives Magens Bay its unique, almost mystical cachet. Take a look at these photos below, and you’ll see why it remains so perennially alluring.