Wished that excursion price included a beach chair or beverage! Great tour to see the town. The best part of the this tour was the stop at BlackBeard's Castle where we go swim (Which was a surprise) & use WiFi and enjoy a Blackbeard's Revenge beverage. Favorite time of the day was here!
We had been to Sapphire Beach and really wanted to go to St. John, but didn’t want to do another catamaran ride since we had just done one the day before, and definitely didn’t want to take the long ferry ride there. So, we opted for Magen’s Beach Getaway even though the guy at the excursion desk tried to persuade us to go to Sapphire beach because he said that Magen's beach would be so crowded. We had been to Sapphire Beach and I really didn't think it would be that crowded since the excursion left at 2:00 PM. I was so right, the beach was not crowded at all, and they weren’t kidding when they said it is one of the ten prettiest beaches in the world. Our excursion left at 2:00 so that gave us plenty of time to shop beforehand. At 2:00, we took off in an open air bus and were on the beach around 2:25. They stopped along the way and let us off the bus to get that beautiful postcard picture overlooking Magen's Bay. We hopped back on the beach after everyone got their pics and headed to Magen's Bay. We placed our towels under the palm trees (there were no chairs available unless you wanted to rent them) and then we grabbed some beer from the bar there. We stayed on the beach for a little over two hours and then got back on our open air bus and headed back to port. It was a great, relaxing day.
It was 'interesting' riding in the 25 person taxi, but overall went smoothly and got us to the destination. We had very limited opportunities to take photos (the driver stoped once and a view point for about 3 minutes, otherwise it was a matter of trying to get pics from the moving taxi over other passengers). The main reason we took this excursion though was to get to a beach, and the beach at Magen Bay was nice, but quite crowded. I think the excursion was worth the money, but next time I might try to go to a less crowded beach if that's possible.
This was my second time at Magen's Bay and it never disappoints. The weather and water was perfect. We rented an open aired taxi that took us there for a few hours and back to the ship for lunch. We had a wonderful time.
Had a great time touring this island; we had a great time at Magens Beach. The island itself is very tired, dirty, and the locals seem angry. Great shopping at the Port shopping village - bought beautiful diamonds for wifey.
We got there early and got a good spot with tables under trees. It got very crowded later on. We brought snorkel equipment but never saw any fish. We had a very enjoyable day on the beach and even got pizza for lunch which was quite good. Beverages were reasonably priced.
Bad experience at the beach with the "rental" shop.
The shop keeper told me with an attitude "This is a public beach not the Ritz Carlton". Staff who handled the beach chairs out on the beach were very "lazy" and not helpful.
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