Trunk Bay
Trunk Bay

Trunk Bay

N Shore Rd, St John

The basics

Located within the Virgin Islands National Park, Trunk Bay attracts crowds of tourists, especially cruise ship passengers. In addition to the coconut palms and white sand beach, visitors are drawn to the bay because of its snorkeling. You can rent equipment, if you didn’t bring your own, or book a guided boat or land tour that includes snorkeling. Private charters are also available. In the late afternoon, stick around for a picturesque tropical sunset.

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Private St John Tour including Trunk Bay
Private St John Tour including Trunk Bay
$460.53 per adult
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Great day
We had a wonderful day on St John. Kenneth was an excellent tour guide. He was very knowledgeable and shared a lot about the island. Trunk Bay was beautiful.
Deborah_S, Jul 2023

Things to know before you go

  • A snack bar, souvenir shop, restrooms, and showers are on-site at Trunk Bay.
  • The western end of Trunk Bay is generally less crowded.
  • On the way from Cruz Bay, there's a scenic overlook where you can stop to snap photos of Trunk Bay.
  • For more aquatic activities and the island’s biggest swells, head to nearby Cinnamon Bay.
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How to get there

Trunk Bay is on St. John’s north shore, a few minutes’ drive from Cruz Bay, where ferries arrive from St. Thomas. From Cruz Bay, take Route 20 for about 2.5 miles (4 kilometers). An entry fee applies during the day, but this gives you access to well-maintained facilities. There is also plenty of parking here, as well as taxi service.

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When to get there

Trunk Bay is St. John’s most visited beach, so expect to encounter large crowds, especially when cruise ships are docked at the port in Charlotte Amalie on St. Thomas. (Check the Virgin Islands cruise ship schedule for info on that.) If you venture west, away from the beach entrances and the snorkeling trail, you’ll find fewer beachgoers and more space.

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Virgin Islands National Park

Providing protection for fish, coral, marine life, and tropical and migrating birds, this stretch of preserved wilderness, known as the Virgin Islands National Park, covers most of St. John. In addition to snorkeling, the national park includes hiking trails that traverse the island, and it holds the Annaberg Plantation ruins, which educate about enslavement during the 18th and 19th centuries.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What are the nearest attractions to Trunk Bay?
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