Magens Bay, St Thomas, US
took the classic view of the bay and one of a local beauty
Located on the North (Atlantic) side of the island, Magens Bay
features a well-protected white sand beach stretching for nearly a mile. It is
one of the most popular tourist destinations on the island. With its clear
water, soft sand and palm trees, it is commonly considered to be one of the most
beautiful beaches in the world - the National Geographic has recognised it as
such - I just don't see it. We have seen enough beaches to put in a
qualified opinion. The sand was not the finest and.....
.....the incredible force of not only the waves but the back
rip, so in the shallows, you got waves over your head coming
in AND out
Magens Bay was previously owned by Arthur Fairchild, who gave most of
it as a gift to the Municipality of St. Thomas and St. John in 1943 for use as a
public park. The far Western portion was donated by Fairchild's nephew's widow,
Christine Wheaton, in 2002. The Bay is currently administered by the
semi-autonomous Magens Bay Authority. The services provided by the Authority
include lifeguards, parking, showers and bathrooms, and there are snack counter,
bar, souvenir shop, and beach chair/float, windsurfer and small sailboat rental
concessions. The Authority is a self-sustaining entity which funds its
operations by charging a per-person entrance fee (currently $4.00 for visitors
and $2.00 for locals), parking fees, as well as payments received from the
park's restaurant and rental concessions.
In 2006, the territorial government purchased nearby Lindquist Beach
from private owners and in 2008 opened it up as a public park and gave it to the
Magens Bay Authority to manage.
managed to clear a space with his snoring. Back to the hire
car with forced air-con. Legend has it that Sir Francis Drake used Magens Bay as an anchorage
while waiting for ships to plunder.
En route back to Beez, we stopped to take a
shot of the harbour from a different side
ALL IN ALL NOT A FAVOURITE OF MINE BUT
ANOTHER TICK IN THE 1000 PLACES BOOK...........
A PRETTIER BAY WHEN THE CRUISE SHIP HAMSTERS HAD