The Beach Guide

Trunk Bay

Trunk Bay is considered one of the best beaches in the Caribbean, if not the world. A regular contender for the best beach spot in Condé Nast Traveler magazine and cited most beautiful beach in the world by the National Geographic Society, Trunk Bay certainly has a lot to live up to.

Trunk Bay has everything you would expect from a Caribbean beach, and a little bit more. The sand is pearly white, the water a translucent shade of aquamarine and all this is wrapped up within the confines of the Virgin Islands National Park. With Coconut palms swaying gently in the breeze and the view offshore dotted with tiny islands you may well be in paradise.
A great effort has been made to keep the beach here as pristine as possible, and despite Trunk Bay’s popularity and reputation this seems to have been successful. On the one had the amenities here are some of the best on St John, yet at the same time all you have to do is don a snorkel and mask to see a wealth of sealife. In fact there is a 225-yard-long underwater trail or snorkeling the colorful coral reef here.

It is hard to argue that Trunk Bay isn’t the most beautiful beach in the world and you have to dig deep to find any reasons to the contrary. Perhaps the biggest problem is the beach is a victim of its own success; if somewhere is widely rated this highly it is obviously going to draw a crowd, and this is exactly what happens in the busy season. There is also the fact that you have to pay to get onto the beach, or access via the national park. However, this is less than $5 and most will agree it is for a good cause.
So yes, St John has other less popular beaches that are pretty stunning but how can you resist making a trip to “the most beautiful beach in the world”?!

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Trunk Bay Weather Info

5 Day Trunk Bay UV Index

UV Index scale

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Temperature Averages

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Trunk Bay tide times & sea state

  • Sun 16/02 »
    Surf report for Sun 16/02
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    8:00 5ft 7s  °  ° 21mph
    14:00 5ft 7s  °  ° 23mph
    20:00 5ft 7s  °  ° 23mph
    Tide times
    High 4:33am (0.80m)
    Low 12:35pm (0.41m)
    High 1:08pm (0.41m)
    Low 9:10pm (-0.11m)
    Daylight
    First light06:23
    Sunrise06:46
    Sunset18:20
    Dark18:42
  • Mon 17/02 »
    Surf report for Mon 17/02
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    8:00 4ft 9s  °  ° 19mph
    14:00 5ft 8s  °  ° 20mph
    20:00 5ft 8s  °  ° 20mph
    Tide times
    High 5:43am (0.87m)
    Low 9:58pm (-0.13m)
    Daylight
    First light06:23
    Sunrise06:45
    Sunset18:20
    Dark18:42
  • Tue 18/02 »
    Surf report for Tue 18/02
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    8:00 5ft 8s  °  ° 20mph
    14:00 5ft 8s  °  ° 22mph
    20:00 5ft 8s  °  ° 24mph
    Tide times
    High 6:48am (0.92m)
    Low 10:47pm (-0.14m)
    Daylight
    First light06:22
    Sunrise06:45
    Sunset18:20
    Dark18:43
  • Wed 19/02 »
    Surf report for Wed 19/02
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    8:00 6ft 8s  °  ° 23mph
    14:00 5ft 8s  °  ° 18mph
    20:00 5ft 8s  °  ° 20mph
    Tide times
    High 7:39am (0.95m)
    Low 11:37pm (-0.13m)
    Daylight
    First light06:22
    Sunrise06:44
    Sunset18:21
    Dark18:43
  • Thu 20/02 »
    Surf report for Thu 20/02
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    8:00 5ft 8s  °  ° 21mph
    14:00 5ft 7s  °  ° 19mph
    20:00 5ft 8s  °  ° 20mph
    Tide times
    High 8:21am (0.94m)
    Daylight
    First light06:21
    Sunrise06:43
    Sunset18:21
    Dark18:43
  • Fri 21/02 »
    Surf report for Fri 21/02
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    8:00 4ft 9s  °  ° 16mph
    14:00 4ft 9s  °  ° 11mph
    20:00 3ft 9s  °  ° 10mph
    Tide times
    Low 12:27am (-0.11m)
    High 8:58am (0.92m)
    Daylight
    First light06:21
    Sunrise06:43
    Sunset18:22
    Dark18:44

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