Magens Bay, St. Thomas, USVI

I have never swam in the water at any beach in the continental United States. I refuse, because there is no sea water as crystal clear and blue as the oceans that surround some of the world’s most beautiful islands, like St. Thomas. So, after a good night’s sleep, I headed out to Magens Bay for my first full day back home.


Beach Entry

Magens Bay charges out-of-towners $5 for entry, and just $2 for locals with proof of ID. I am proud to say, I paid $2.   


All I found to eat on the beach was basic American fare — pizza, burgers, fries, and such. I wasn’t interested in eating the same sort of food I can get in Los Angeles, and especially not for such inflated prices. But I wanted something to balance the alcohol I planned to consume, so I ordered a some fries for $4 and headed to the bar.  


At the bar, I started with a $6 can of local summer ale and quickly graduated to popular mixed drinks — painkillers and  bushwackers — each of which costing about $8. Served by a very friendly barkeep named Nelson, who hails from Northern California, I found myself at the bar for a few hours before heading to the water. 


Restrooms and Showers

The restrooms and showers at Magens Bay are very clean. I headed there to change into my bathing suit before taking a dip, and was very impressed with the cleanliness of the place. 



So, for the first time in over 30 years, I immersed my body in the ocean, and for me, it felt like a baptism. It feels good to be home, and it was a powerful feeling to be welcomed by the sea, to see the fish swim about my feet, and to know I am exactly where I belong. So, I sat there and let the waves welcome me home.

travelElisabeth Ovesen