Swimming at Trunk Bay is one of the must do attractions of St John on the US Virgin Islands. There is no shortage of beautiful beaches in the Caribbean. But if you’re looking for one of the best in the world, you might want to pack your men’s swimwear and check out Trunk Bay. Donated almost 50 years go by Laurence S. Rockefeller to the National Park Service, Trunk Bay is one of the most photographed beaches in the world. As a matter of fact, Conde Nast Traveller magazine included it in its list of the top ten beaches on earth. So if you’re in the Caribbean and you’re wondering which beach to explore, Trunk Bay is surely a must-visit.

Getting There

Trunk Bay is one of St. John’s most visited beaches, thanks to its pristine beach and well-preserved coral reefs. To get there, first you must travel by plane to the nearby Saint Thomas’ Cyril E. King Airport. Then, board a taxi and head for the ferry station in Red Hook to travel to Cruz Bay, St. John’s main town. There are also companies catering to those who want to travel privately by boat. However, hiring a water taxi is significantly more expensive than boarding the ferry.

Once you get to St. John, there are cars you can rent to get around the area. However, take note that the terrain on the island is very hilly because of all the US Virgin Islands, St. John is the least developed, owing to the fact that a huge part of it is part of the National Park Service. As such, it goes without saying that you must drive carefully. Also, it would be wise to rent a Jeep or a 4WD car instead of an ordinary sedan.

Swimming at Trunk Bay

In you’re in it for the pictures, then be sure to bring a memory card with lots of storage space. Trunk Bay is indeed a very picturesque beach and it isn’t any wonder why it is one of the most photographed beaches in the world. The beach’s crystal clear waters and soft coral sands are indeed post card-worthy.

But who goes to the beach only to take pictures? Nobody! So while you’re there, make sure that you enjoy every inch of the beach to have a holiday like no other. When you are done with swimming at trunk bay, you can go snorkelling and see the colourful fishes and corals underwater. After all, Trunk Bay is the most popular snorkelling spot in St. John. While you’re at it, you can give underwater photography a shot, too.

Forgot to bring your equipment? Don’t fret. There are snorkel equipment rentals on the island so you can still go snorkelling even if you’ve forgotten the one you bought specifically for this trip at home.

If you’ve had your fill of sunbathing, swimming, and snorkelling, St. John offers a lot of outdoor activities for those who are looking for other things to do. Trade in your swimwear for men for something comfy and go explore the rest of the park. There are a number of hiking trails in the area, plus you may also visit the ruins of decades-old sugar plantations to learn about the island’s colonial past.

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– Bondi Joe