The Best Beaches to Spend New Year's Day

Posted on December 30, 2016

The Best Beaches to Spend New Year's Day

The Best Beaches to Spend New Year's Day

2016 was no day at the beach so what better way to ring in 2017 than by doing just that? Virgin Islands EcoTours has the low-down on all the best beaches to visit on New Year's Day to relax, unwind, and have some fun!

St. Thomas

If you're on St. Thomas, Magens Bay is one of the most popular and picturesque beaches in USVI. The peninsulas protect the shore from erosion and big waves, making the calm waters an ideal spot for swimmers. This beach does have an entry fee ($4), which is used to maintain the facilities. Magen’s Bay is particularly beautiful because of the rolling mountains that seem to unfurl right down to the beach. It's perfect for snorkeling, but does get crowded, as it is a popular stop for cruise ships. But when it comes to celebrating the New Year, the more the merrier!


St. John

If you're looking for a beach on St. John, Honeymoon Beach at Caneel Bay is our favorite spot on the island. This beach is infamous for its beauty and serenity with crystal-clear waters that are great for swimming and snorkeling. You can also have unlimited access to our kayaks, SUPs, snorkel gear, pool floats, and hammocks with our Honeymoon Beach Day Pass. It's the perfect way to kick back and look forward to the new year at one of the prettiest beaches in the USVI.


Getting to Honeymoon Beach

  • By car (drive to Caneel Bay Resort, one mile from Cruz Bay)
  • By Taxi to Caneel Bay Resort
  • Or, hike the popular and easy one mile (20 minute) LIND POINT TRAIL, which departs from behind the VI National Park Visitor Center in Cruz Bay, a few blocks from the passenger ferry terminal.
  • Take the ferry, which departs from Red Hook (the eastern most point of St. Thomas) every hour on the hour in both directions—$7 per person each way. The ferry is a 15 minute scenic and enjoyable ride. Once in St. John, walk two blocks to the left towards the VI National Park Visitor Center where you will find the Lind Point Trail that leads you to Honeymoon Beach at Caneel Bay—a one mile hike.
  • Or, bring your car on the barge which mostly leaves every 30 minutes and costs $50 round trip. This is a better deal than the passenger ferry if you have 4 or more people as it gives you flexibility without needing a taxi service once you are on St. John. You will find the car barge to the left of the people passenger ferry on St. Thomas in Red Hook. The last car barge departs St. John at 6:15pm to return to St. Thomas by 6:45 pm.
  • Once you arrive at Caneel Bay Resort, follow the path to Honeymoon Beach (about an 8-10-minute walk)
  • Or take advantage of our NEW Honeymoon Beach Taxi Service, which is an 8-person golf cart that will shuttle guests from the Caneel Bay Parking lot to Honeymoon Beach for $5 per person each way.
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