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St. Thomas Magen Bay Beach Excursion Reviews

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Arguably St. Thomas' most gorgeous and calmest beach, Magen Bay includes a bar, a cafeteria-style eatery, and one of the islands best shops for beach wear. A small admission fee is well worth it!

RZM

1 review

We did a combination of Magen Bay Beach and shopping. I can see why this beach is among the nicest in the world, crystal clear waters and nice, white sand. Shopping was a little costly but it was our choice and even though you are often solicited to go into the fine jewellery stores, everyone is respectful.


Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

Lmn1996

1 review

Beautiful beach. The banana daiquiris were awesome. I wish we would have had longer to be there..


Provider: Royal Caribbean International

mugga123

2 reviews

Drove around the island with amazing scenery. Shopped for several hours. Stopped at Magens Bay for 2+ hours to swim. Beautiful water and fine sand. Drove to Mountain Top for banana daiquiris and more breathtaking scenery. Our driver was very informative. I really enjoyed the tour.


Provider: Royal Caribbean International

Saltwaterdevotee

4 reviews

Absolutely the worst shore excursion ever! The beach was overcrowded and we had been delivered there in an open seating bus which had seen better days. Going downhill enroute, we could smell the brakes. Positively sickening. Arriving at the beach there was little room for a lounge chair but in order to secure one, not included in the price of that excursion, you had to go into the gift shop and pay, not only for the chair but leave a deposit so that you wouldn't later share it. They took your ship and cabin number just to make sure. Then you had to go outside and give the slip to another person who presented you with a cruddy old lounge that had definitely seen better days. It was up to you to drag it up the beach to the first available empty space on the sand. Afterwards, you had to drag it back down the beach to have it marked as returned, then go back to the gift shop to get your deposit back. My advice is to avoid this excursion at all costs. It was disgusting.


Provider: Celebrity Cruises

aoverallrn

1 review

Gorgeous! Nice and spacious so you don't feel super crowded even though there's a lot of people there.


Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

Islasbubbe

1 review

Combined with island tour. Very disappointing beach. Awful restaurant and bar. Had to drag our rented chairs to where we wanted to sit and then to return.


Provider: Royal Caribbean International

Donald1946

1 review

Beautiful but crowded!!


Provider: Carnival Cruise Lines

mychickadee

1 review

nice to see and go into the warm aqua blue water, small beach but okay.


Provider: Independent Operator

wshaw859

1 review

Overall, the Sonny Liston shopping-beach tour was good. With caveats. They picked us up on time and got us back to the boat on time. The Magen's Bay Beach was chosen by the driver and the charge of $4 per person was required. We could have gone to Sapphire Beach, but Elvis (the driver) said it was too rough as it was on the Atlantic. I didn't like Magen Bay Beach - there was trash everywhere, the public facilities nasty, it was crowded and there were no waves. The driver picked us up at the right time but then took us on a long ride to the other side of the island because he needed to "find one guy". This became annoying as the delay took us back to the ship as darkness began and the driving was, at times, quite scary.


Provider: Independent Operator

mew1

7 reviews

Megan beach was amazing and beautiful and we enjoyed swimming and the facilities were very nice. Great few hours.


Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

Flatworld

2 reviews

We booked a ship excursion in St. Thomas, touring around the island in an open-air truck and making a brief visit to St. Peter Greathouse and Botanical Gardens before returning to Charlotte Amalie to do some shopping.


Provider: Royal Caribbean International

copref

5 reviews

nice quiet beach with changing facilities. We did not utilize the shopping portion and went back to the ship. From there, we strolled through the shops and went to a very boisterous Senor Frogs. Had a great time there.


Provider: Carnival Cruise Lines

jwildman

1 review

Beautiful scenery and the water was great. Wish I could say that fir the people working there.


Provider: Royal Caribbean International

lindakay13

1 review

Awful. 7 Ships in port created traffic gridlock. Streets are terrible. Not much to see. Beach was packed and restaurant and bar were packed so we packed up and took a taxi to town immediately. Town crowded so we took a taxi back to the ship which was a much better place to be.

Provider: Royal Caribbean International

ATLJFL

3 reviews

Very well timed and organized. Tour guide was Troy Benjamin and very informative and friendly

Provider: Royal Caribbean International

bagelmom6

1 review

We took the Magens Bay and Blackbeard's Castle excursion. We loved, loved, loved Magens Bay. It's my new favorite beach. It was absolutely beautiful and the water was perfect. We were lucky that only two ships were in port. I imagine that it can get packed when there are several ships in port but it was perfect the day we were there. We didn't want to leave. Blackbeard's Castle was fun but we didn't have long enough there. We walked through each place pretty quickly and we spent about 15 minutes in the pool. I would love to go back and spend a few hours there. There was one very strange thing there. Everything seems to be from around the 1800's and then suddenly you enter a dark room with a big dinosaur roaring. My daughter was terrified and started screaming and crying. It was very out of place. My mom and I enjoyed a couple of Bushwacker's at the bar at the bottom of the hill. Other than the dinosaur, we enjoyed Blackbeard's Castle and would go back.


Provider: Princess Cruises

rubysue

10 reviews

We enjoyed a few hours relaxing at this beautiful beach.

Provider: Disney Cruise Line

RobertScottMason

3 reviews

Expected to be overwhelmed with awesomeness after all the hype. Enjoyed watching pelicans dive for fish.

Provider: Carnival Cruise Lines

Bluenose Cruiser

1 review

Great value booking this tour through Carnival. St. Thomas - always beautiful - took the Megan's Bay/City Shopping Carnival Excursion and it was easy to find it upon leaving the ship Megan's Bay is not great snorkeling if you are looking for that - but a beautiful beach non the less.

Provider: Carnival Cruise Lines

egfel

1 review

St Thomas has one of the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen. The water is Turquoise Blue and so tranquil. The beach was beautiful and relaxing

Provider: Independent Operator

yiye34

2 reviews

Initially we booked St. John snorkeling and beach break. The morning when we arrived St. Thomas, we were told the excursion was cancelled due to mechanical problems. We called Concierge and they were able to help us booking the St. Thomas tour with Magens Beach break quickly. It's a nice excursion with three parts - first you are taken by open-air safari bus to a couple of vantage points with views of gorgeous St. Thomas port and Magen's beach. Second you are taken to Magen's beach and get to spend ~2 hours there. Magen's beach is quite nice but I don't believe it's too extraordinary for Caribbean beaches. The final stop is at Black Beard's castle - it is actually a quite large complex built on the side of the slope facing the port. Very nice scenery and relaxing museum. Highly recommended. We then dined at Glady's per recommendation from someone in the castle - food was good but price very high! After that we walked back to the ship - took us about 30 minutes easy stroke with very nice view along the way. Definitely beats stuck in the traffic.

Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

Snowconewitch

1 review

An interesting drive with "Fever" the tour guide. A wild ride in the jeep up the hill for a scenic view. Beautiful. The beach was pretty crowded and it rained. Still it was palm trees and pretty water-lovely. We were dropped off down town for a bit of shopping. Very crowded but interesting shops to look in.

Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

renejim

1 review

Meagan's Bay was nice, and for the price worth it. We took open air cars seating about 25 on a 30 minutes plus trip to Meagan's Bay, and though the driver described things we passed, his voice was garbled and we really didn't understand him. The water was beautiful and calm. The driver advised us that since there were so many shade trees and the sand was white and clean we shouldn't bother to rent a lounge chair. "Just find a shady spot and lay down your towel" This worked for me! We stopped on the way back for pics, and if you wanted to shop, he dropped you off with instructions about getting a cab back to the ship.

Provider: Royal Caribbean International

seagrams82

2 reviews

We were with other Cruise Critic members on this tour. We got to choose a start time from the ship to the downtown "shopping" area where we were on our own. Then Godfrey picked us up at noon for the island tour that ended up at Magen Bay Beach. We chose the 9 am pick up and shopped and then visited the local synagogue there. Godfrey had a cold and apologized but he was still very good even though his voice was giving out a little. Beautiful island and beach. Most of the other people chose Cokie Beach (sp) for snorkeling but we heard that was only ok, whereas we really enjoyed Magen Bay Beach. It was very quiet and a slow ship day. I think there were only 2 ships in port that day but sometimes there are 10 or more. Godfrey supplied water, but you were on your own for food. I would recommend taking a box of Cheerios or other cereal from the ship to hold you over or you can buy food but it was late by the time we could have bought food. Also take note of the time. There was a lot of construction and we barely made it back by 4:30 for a 5 pm departure. He was great about finding a short cut to get us back on time as he was very mindful but the road was very winding and we were a little rushed so it was an adventure. We do recommend him.

Provider: Independent Operator

chesapeake_traveler

3 reviews

In St. Thomas, the ship was docked at Crown Bay which I did not like because there is nothing to see or do there. The port at Long Bay is located next to the best shopping in St. Thomas. The morning snorkel excursion with sea turtles and stingrays was amazing. In the afternoon, I took a horrible open-air safari taxi to Megan's Beach. The beach was crowded, but I thoroughly enjoyed delicious pizza and rum punch at the local bar. I took a different taxi back to the ship. The taxi fare to Megan's Beach was $19.00 per person, a complete rip off considering that they squeeze up to 25 people in one taxi. That's a total of $475 for a 15 minute ride through downtown, and they also expect a tip. Cruisers beware.

Provider: Celebrity Cruises

maachi

4 reviews

Tour was very short and over priced. Take this tour thru t he Tourist Desk at the Terminal Instead.

Provider: Princess Cruises

Southwoods

4 reviews

Beach was void loungers and umbrellas, where we were forced to use our meager ship pool towels to lay upon the sand. The water was remarkably clear and the sand smooth.

Provider: Princess Cruises

bibiinri

3 reviews

Coral World was fine, nothing special. Megans Bay was beautiful and a terrific swimming bay. We rented lounge chairs for not much money and just relaxed and enjoyed!

Provider: Royal Caribbean International

JaYbarra2086

1 review

At St. Thomas we got a taxi and went to Magen's Bay. We filled a taxi with our group so we paid $6 a person, then it was $4 a person to get into the beach. Once you get there you can lay out on the sand or rent beach chairs for the day. The water here is crystal clear and the temperature is perfect! After lounging around in the water for awhile we hit up the bar/ restaurant for some food and drinks. We got back in the water and it decided to rain, i mean pour on us for about 5-10 minutes but no one seemed to mind so we all just stayed in the water. This happened a few times throughout the day but didn't ruin anything it is still a beautiful beach and we had a awesome time here.

Provider: Independent Operator

rotorhead1

1 review

St Thomas is good for shopping. Downtown is a little better tha Havensight pier. Magen's bay is a beautiful beach. Be sure to have a 'Pain Killer'. St Joh tour is cool also. Don't drink the Sour Sap.

Provider: Royal Caribbean International

bushmouse

3 reviews

Magen's Bay is beautiful--go if you get the chance.


Provider: Independent Operator

Mrsdstewart

1 review

We did a combination of shopping and beach tour. Next time we'll just take a cab to the beach which was a bit of paradise here on earth. Absolutely loved it!

Provider: Carnival Cruise Lines

Hardy95

3 reviews

Megan's Bay was a beautiful area, but we wish we had known what little time we would end up having here. We would have loved to have spent more time here. Once we got back on our tour bus (America was our driver and she did a great job), she took us down to the shopping district, the market area. They have tons of makeshift tent/booth type area. We did end up buying some souvenirs, but everyone wants you to buy from them. They are willing to barter a little. Loved all the colorful buildings and architecture. From here, we caught some type of shuttle from there back to the port and checked out a few more shops. By the way, while at Magen's Bay, we got cell reception and was able to call home to the states, which was a treat.

Provider: Princess Cruises

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