Last week, while traveling on the Disney Fantasy, one of our ports of call was St. Thomas, in the US Virgin Islands. After our endless winter here in New England, I was simply looking for relaxing excursions on the beach. So, when I saw the family beach break excursion to Magens Bay Beach St. Thomas, I knew that would be a great option for us. It’s regularly rated as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Once we arrived, I realized we had chosen correctly. Magens Bay Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches I’ve visited, and it was a relaxing and fun day.
A Day at Magens Bay Beach St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands
We booked our excursion through Disney Cruise Line, and met on the ship before departing. This is standard for any of the Disney Cruise Line excursions that we’ve taken. Once we boarded the vehicles, it took about 30 minutes to get to Magens Bay from the port, and we passed by two scenic vistas where we were able to take photos of the island. Since the St. Thomas is part of the US Virgin Islands, all prices are in US currency, and my AT&T cell service worked perfectly (with no roaming fees). It was nice to be able to reconnect with the world after several days at sea.
Once we arrived at Magens Bay, we were guided to a dedicated set of beach chairs as part of our excursion. It is a public beach however, and the general public can access Magens Bay for a nominal fee (see below for information about visiting Magens Bay beach individually). Our spot was right next to the bar and food stand. Beach waitresses also provide service to the beach area. If you are visiting, bring cash if possible – there is a $15 minimum for credit card charges.
The beach itself is absolutely beautiful. The water is warm and calm, and the beach feels safe. American Red Cross Certified Lifeguards are on duty throughout the almost one-mile span of beach. There are also clean shower/restroom facilities available. Kayaks, snorkel equipment, and other water gear is available for rent – there was a long but quick-moving line to get them. We chose not to rent anything though, spending much of our 3-hour excursion enjoying the beach.
Magens Bay is located over 68 acres, with about a mile of white sand beach.
Frequently Asked Questions About Visiting Magens Bay Beach
How Much Is Admission to Magens Bay Beach?
Currently, the entrance fee for guests (non-locals) is $5 for anyone 13 and over, and free for those under 12. Parking is an additional $2 per vehicle. Discounts are offered for active military personnel and seniors. If you purchase an excursion through your cruise line, expect to pay more, as it will also include transportation from your ship and a guide. It’s open from 8am to 5pm daily.
What is Available for Rent at Magens Bay Beach?
Lounge chairs, paddle boats, kayaks, and sunfish are available for rental at the beach concession hut. If you are planning a party or event there, you can also rent a covered “shed” which includes tables and chairs. Those are $100 and need to be reserved in advance.
How Can You Get to Magens Bay?
Taxis are available at Magens Bay and can take you to and from the beach. If booking an excursion, you’ll have transportation both ways. In general, I usually recommend booking an excursion rather than taking a cab off of your ship, because there’s less risk in running late.
What Concessions and Amenities are Offered at Magens Bay?
At Magens Bay, you’ll find a snack bar, shop, and bar, as well as three sets of changing areas/restroom facilities. There’s also an arboretum, 1 1/2 mile nature trail, and a coconut grove. For a short visit on a cruise ship excursion, you’ll probably want to spend most of your time on the beautiful beach. However, if you are visiting for a longer time, definitely take advantage of some of these other activities.
If St. Thomas and the US Virgin Islands is in your upcoming travel plans, I’d definitely recommend a visit to Magens Bay St. Thomas. To learn more, visit their website.
Written in 2014, updated in 2018