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Trunk Bay Beach

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St. John's most-photographed beach is also the preferred spot for beginning snorkelers because of its underwater trail. (Cruise-ship passengers interested in snorkeling for a day flock here, so if you're looking for seclusion, arrive early or later in the day.) Crowded or not, this stunning beach is one of the island's most beautiful. There are changing rooms with showers, bathrooms, a snack bar, picnic tables, a gift shop, phones, lockers, and snorkeling-equipment rentals. The parking lot often overflows, but you can park along the road as long as the tires are off the pavement. Amenities: food and drink; lifeguards, parking; toilets; water sports. Best for: snorkeling; swimming, windsurfing

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  • Address: North Shore Rd., Rte. 20, about 2½ mi (4 km) east of Cruz Bay Trunk Bay, St. John
  • Cost: $4
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  • Location: North Shore
Updated: 03-04-2014

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    A great place to see a dead coral reef

    Trunk Bay should be a required visit for anyone wishing to snorkel in the USVI. Every inch of the coral on the famous underwater trail is long dead, having been mauled into oblivion by the day in, day out thrashing of the fins of novice snorkelers. If you want to see what a reef looks like after it's been ravaged by thousands of careless tourists, by all means go to Trunk Bay.

    That said, the beach itself is undenialbly gorgeous, though many others on St. John are also beautiful and have a fraction of the crowds.

    by TimmyTim, 1/28/08

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