Little Magens

Overall Rating

Overall rating
 
4.2
Scenery/View
 
4.3
Water
 
4.3
Shore/Sand
 
4.3
Snorkeling
 
3.9

Little Magens is actually part of Magens Bay. On the right along the Peterborg Peninsula, which frames Magens Bay, are a few little sandy coves, the largest is called Little Magens. There is no parking and no road. To access the little beach you must start at Magens Bay. Facing the water at Magens Bay, head right along the beach until you get to the end of the beach and then walk along the rocky shoreline. Little Magens is a pretty beach and is often sparsely populated. Nude bathing is overlooked at Little Magens, but be aware that public nudity, including at beaches, is illegal in the Virgin Islands.

Beach Amenities

  • Swimming

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Pretty Little Beach
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4.0
Scenery/View
 
4.0
Water
 
4.0
Shore/Sand
 
4.0
Snorkeling
 
4.0

Waded from Magens Bay to Little Magens following the rocky coast (right side when facing the water at Magens Bay). Could also do a rock scramble along the rocky coast - rocks are pretty smooth and low to the water. It was low tide and pretty easy wading, had young kids with me and they were able to follow along without trouble. Little Magens is a small beach, white sandy shore. The water is crystal clear and calm. There wasn't anyone on the beach - it was early morning, so it felt like our private beach. Kids enjoyed pretending we were shipwrecked, standing on a large rock ("the ship") on the beach. The view back at Magens and the whole bay is beautiful.

C
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Little to See at Little Megan's!
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3.0
Scenery/View
 
3.0
Water
 
3.0
Shore/Sand
 
3.0
Snorkeling
 
3.0

Greetings,

Made this trip to Little Megan's this month. At the time of this trip, there was no land-based way to reach this beach. (nor did we see evidence there used to be - unless tide level makes a difference) If you don't have a boat, you have to swim-walk (chest-deep water level) the quarter-mile distance from Megan's Beach being careful to stay away from the rocky shoreline. (waves!)

Upon arrival, the beach was a nice, small stretch of sand plenty deep enough to allow some sun protection under the trees. There was a pic-nic table set up and even a trash barrel for your trash. (Although, take-out-what-you-take-in is a much better practice) There was an abandoned catamaran there as well.

This beach is isolated from Megan's Beach, however, you'll notice a couple homes high above one end of Little Megan's with direct views of you.

So, word of caution to those with physical limitations. A windy day and high-tide (as when we visited) will challenge your trip out and back. If your committed to accomplishing some semi-isolation, this beach provides it.

Cheers!

JB
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How to Determine Hiking Difficulty

Easy

Hiking
  • Little Gain
  • Short Distance
  • Fair Health
  • Trail Condition Good

Moderate

Hiking
  • Moderate Gain
  • Medium Distance
  • Good Health
  • Trail Condition Good

Challenging

Hiking
  • Significant Gain
  • Medium Distance
  • Good Health
  • Trail Condition Good

Difficult

Hiking
  • Significant Gain
  • Longer Distance
  • Excellent Health
  • Trail Condition Good

Use a Map

Hiking on St. John is a popular activity that lets you enjoy the tropical outdoors. We recommend using the St. John Trail Bandit Hiking Map/Guide to plan your hikes. 

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Hiking Tips

  • Tell someone where you are going and when you will return. Avoid hiking or swimming alone.
  • Allow for sufficient time to explore, swim and rest.
  • Remain on park trails – some trails cross private property, do not trespass into private property.
  • Wear cool clothing, comfortable walking shoes. Sandals are not recommended. Sneakers are your best option.
  • Protect yourself against the sun and insects.
  • Bring water and snacks.
  • Do not leave items or garbage on the trails. Make sure you leave with all the items you brought with you.
  • Do not remove anything from the park property; this includes but is not limited to shells, rocks, artifacts, flowers, plants and animals.
  • Pace yourself to prevent fatigue. Watch footing on wet rocks and trails made rough and slippery at times by heavy rainfall.
  • Do not eat unknown fruits, nuts or berries. Some plants and fruits are poisonous and can cause allergic reactions. Do not touch unfamiliar plants. Avoid handling or picking plant life that may harbor stinging insects, cause rashes, scratches or skin punctures. Many plants have thorns beware, look but don’t touch. Some ground covering shrubs cause severe itching – it is in your best interest to stay on trails.
  • Do not climb on fragile historic structures. Leave artifacts in place.
  • Hike early and return early.
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