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Spending the Day at Trunk Bay

One of the prettiest views on island, the Trunk Bay overlook.

Last week, I told you all about the beach bar and snack shack at Trunk Bay. Well today I’m going to tell you about all of the other amenities that are available at St. John’s most popular beach.

Let’s start with the location: Trunk Bay is located on St. John’s North Shore, which is Route 20 on the map. It’s about 15 minutes from Cruz Bay and about 25 minutes from Coral Bay. The parking lot at Trunk Bay is on the smaller side, so it’s best that you get there early if you want a parking spot – by 9:30 a.m. to be safe. If you are staying in Cruz Bay or over at the Westin, it’s easier to taxi to Trunk Bay. The cost recently increased to $12 per person, per way for single riders, and $9 per person, per way for groups of two or more. St. John taxis are cash only. (Click here to see all of the rates.)

There isn’t a ton of parking at Trunk Bay.
The taxis are always waiting in this section of the Trunk Bay parking lot.

Trunk Bay is the only beach in the Virgin Islands National Park that has an entry fee because it has showers and restrooms. The cost is $5 for adults. Children 15 and under are free. All National Park passes are accepted with the exception of the “red” annual pass.

The entry booth at Trunk Bay
Trunk Bay fees

Once you enter Trunk Bay, you will see a rental booth to your left, and showers and restrooms to your right. The rental hut offers chair, snorkel (masks and fins) and life vest rentals. I implore everyone to wear a life vest or bring a noodle when snorkeling the underwater snorkeling trail at Trunk Bay. The rental booth is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week.

Walking into Trunk Bay
The rental hut at Trunk Bay offers chairs & snorkeling gear.
There are three different types of chairs available for rent.

The showers and restrooms are open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

There are separate buildings for men’s and women’s restrooms.
The showers building

And as I mentioned in a previous post, Trunk Bay has a full bar and snack shack on site. They food is not only tasty, but it is very affordable. Click here to read a detailed post on Trunks food and beverage offerings.

The snack shack at Trunk Bay
The beach bar at Trunk Bay

Now let’s chat about the reason we all visit Trunk Bay – the beach. Trunk Bay is easily one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, and perhaps the most beautiful beach on St. John. It has bright white sand and turquoise blue water. It is absolutely stunning.

You will notice three small cays toward the eastern side of the beach. The underwater snorkeling trail is located to the left of these cays if you are looking toward the water. The trail was replaced earlier this year, and now discusses the fragility of the world’s coral reefs. The signs are located down on the sand, and you can snorkel above them, reading about the world’s coral reefs along the way. There are some fish and corals near the underwater snorkeling trail, but there isn’t an abundance of fish and the coral isn’t in the best condition. But it is still a very cool thing to check out.

The underwater snorkeling trail is located to the left of this cay.
Stairway to heaven
Be very careful when snorkeling at Trunk Bay. There are no lifeguards on the beach.

Trunk Bay is a great place to spend an entire day when visiting St. John. Want to see more? Click here to watch a quick video we recently posted from Trunk Bay.

Want to learn more about St. John beaches? Please visit for additional information, plus more pictures and videos of several St. John beaches.


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