Magen's Bay Beach Crowded?

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#1
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I heard that Magen's Bay Beach gets really crowded when a lot of ships are in port. Is this true? I looked up the port schedule for the day that I will be there and it looks like the following ships will be in port:

Carnival Dream WICO
Carnival Freedom WICO
Oasis of the Seas CB

Would you consider this a busy day and not worth it to go to Magen's Bay Beach?
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When I went to Magen's Bay there were at least 2 ships in port. I can't remember if there were more. But the beach was not crowded.
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I've never seen Magen's "crowded" the 2 times we've been there. We will be in port this time with RCCL Explorer so I think that's around 6000 people between the 2 ships. I believe we may just try Sapphire to see another beautiful beach in St. Thomas. Don't let the crowded talk scare you away if you want to go to Magens, it's worth it very beautiful!!!
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The most crowded area at Magens is near the restaurant/bathrooms/showers/taxi drop off. If you venture further down the beach, it will probably not be crowded in those areas.

It's hard to say on any given day whether a beach will be crowded. Emerald Beach, though, is probably the least crowded, tourist-friendly beach.
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Magens is the most publicized beach in the USVI and BVI area of the Caribbean and so receives the most tourists on any given day. You are in port with 3 large ships, the Dream and Oasis are huge, and we just got off the Freedom today and that holds 2,974 guests. So yes Magens and Emerald will be very crowded. I would consider a beach on the East End of STT like Sapphire which doesn' get as crowded yet is very beautiful and offers great snorkeling. $18pp for roundtrip taxi.
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Originally posted by Ms411
The most crowded area at Magens is near the restaurant/bathrooms/showers/taxi drop off. If you venture further down the beach, it will probably not be crowded in those areas.

It's hard to say on any given day whether a beach will be crowded. Emerald Beach, though, is probably the least crowded, tourist-friendly beach.
That's true. It's more crowded near the taxi drop off, restaurant, and the showers area. But further down to the left was quite open. In fact, the left area is where people have weddings which is a nice thing to see as well.
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#9
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Originally posted by Marie51
Consider going to another beach. Sapphire is nice and they don't charge to get in like they do at Megans bay.
I agree---not because of the fee though.

We did Magen's and for the life of me, I can't figure out why so many people love this beach. The day we were there (only ship in port), the water was not blue of even clear. We could not do any snorkeling it was so cloudy.

It was not crowded at all. We are going back to St. Thomas in December and again next April, but we will not go back to Magen's.
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Anybody know how much a taxi is to Magens Bay?
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#11
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Originally posted by cruisinbanddirectors
Anybody know how much a taxi is to Magens Bay?
I believe it was $8 per person.
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There's plenty of room at Megan's Bay with the ships in port. When we were there this week, there was our ship (Carnival Miracle), then the Carnival Dream docked a couple hours later, and the Oasis of the Sea was already there, which I believe is the largest ship on Earth. No problem at all. MB is a nice beach and really enjoyable.
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You can walk to a less crowded area at Magens and it is nice there but there are other choices. Just depends on what experience you want.
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We stayed on St. Thomas last week and drove out to Magen's Bay on a day when there were three cruise ships in port. The place was packed by 11:00 a.m. and all the picnic tables and shady spots were long gone. The bay is beautiful but not worth the $18.00 it cost me to see it ($4.00 per adult + $2.00 for a car). We also visited Sapphire and Coki Beach during our stay and preferred both over Magen's.
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Yes when we stay on STT we too prefer Coki and Sapphire. Coki also tends to get busy around midday because it's so small but Sapphire is usually very comfortable. Both great beaches!
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#17
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Originally posted by sceneisle
We stayed on St. Thomas last week and drove out to Magen's Bay on a day when there were three cruise ships in port. The place was packed by 11:00 a.m. and all the picnic tables and shady spots were long gone. The bay is beautiful but not worth the $18.00 it cost me to see it ($4.00 per adult + $2.00 for a car). We also visited Sapphire and Coki Beach during our stay and preferred both over Magen's.

How much was it to rent 2 chairs and an umbrealla and Magen's bay?
#19
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Originally posted by Don&GG
I would like to know how much is it to rent 2 chairs and a parasol and Magen's Beach?
Hello! Sorry, I wish I could tell you the cost but we didn't rent any equipment. We were able to find a palm tree and set up underneath it. We were happy with that! We were in the water the majority of the time! You can bring your own snorkels, if you are interested. You should be able to see a variety of fish. We had a wonderful time but unfortunately, didn't make it to Coki or Sapphire. Our taxi driver was in a big hurry and forgot to stop at a lookout point for us to take pictures, so we asked her if she could make it a point to stop on the way back, and she did, but we still felt rushed. Enjoy!
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