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Trunk Bay: My alternative to Jost van Dyke

View from Trunk Bay Overlook, part of the Virgin Islands National Park on St. John.
View from Trunk Bay Overlook, part of the Virgin Islands National Park on St. John.

I love going to Trunk Bay when I need the powdery-soft white sand between my toes and the unbelievable blues in the water that I love at Jost van Dyke, BVI. But who can make it over to Jost every month? When I go to Trunk I can walk on the beach, float in the water and enjoy looking at the string of palm trees along the shore. And quite frankly, Trunk Bay is less crowded than Jost most of the time. I happen to be one of those people who can tune out the crowds on all but the busiest days, or I arrive after the big tour groups have left. Plus Trunk Bay has showers!

Whether you have actually gone out to the beach at Trunk Bay or not, it is quite possible that everyone who has been here has a photo or postcard of this view of Trunk Bay. Besides the overlook at Maho and Francis Bay, it is one of the most beautiful (and easy to photograph) views on St. John.  Trunk Bay is one of my favorite beaches, and I may be the only local resident who will say that!  Most people who live here will direct people away from Trunk Bay for a number of reasons:

  • It’s too full of tourists, especially from the Cruise ships in St. Thomas
  • and it is therefore, too crowded.
  • The snorkeling is not that great.
  • There are other less crowded beaches with better snorkeling

All of these reasons are true. But it is all relative. If you don’t have snorkeling at home, almost any snorkeling while on St. John is fantastic when you are only here for a week. Admittedly it is more crowded than any other beach, but it is bigger and you can get away from the crowds. And it is still less crowded than any beach on the US east coast!

Trunk Bay beach from the east side, looking west, towards Cruz Bay.
Trunk Bay beach from the east side, looking west, towards Cruz Bay.

Reverse Sunset: Trunk Bay

Sunset falling on Trunk Bay, St. John, USVI in early 2013.
Sunset falling on Trunk Bay, St. John, USVI in early 2013.

The views of the beaches along the North Shore are breathtaking and despite being a regular visitor and two-time resident of St. John, I never take the views for granted. I have taken so many photos as I passed by the overlooks that I can generously delete some and still have a folder full of both the Trunk Bay and Maho Bay overlooks. But I don’t have any others like this. Driving back from Cruz Bay on a rainy day earlier this year, I happen to be passing Trunk Bay at the time of the sunset. I just loved the fact that the warm red light was falling almost directly on the beach and the beach was deserted!

This view was a glorious part of the “arrival sequence” to Maho Bay Camp: wake up way to early, board plane with my eyes barely open, grab a coffee at whatever airport I have a layover, land in St. Thomas and have the humidity hit me as if someone threw a blanket over my head, take a taxi “tour” of St. Thomas ending at the Red Hook Ferry dock, sneak in a Bushwhacker if there was time (making up for any frustration at missing the ferry by 10 minutes and having to wait an hour!), pile onto the ferry with all the other tourists and their over-sized luggage, find the Maho shuttle in town, riding along North Shore Road with a view of a spectacular beach every 10 minutes, ending with a bumpy ride up the road to Maho Bay Camp!