Arthur Fairchild donated St. Thomas’ most popular beach, this beautiful mile of sand, to the people of the Virgin Islands. It is the only beach on St. Thomas that has an entry fee; funds are used to maintain the facilities and the beach. The waters are very calm with no waves or current, except intermittently between January and March when shifting tradewinds create mild waves. The bay deepens gradually from shore, making it perfect for small children, floating or swimming. The only thing Magens Bay isn’t great for is snorkeling, though there is a rocky stretch where you might see some things. Island tours can make the beach quite busy on certain days. Most beach goers pick a spot close to the bar/restaurant area, so if you walk down the shore a little farther, you’ll find fewer people. On weekday afternoons, residents can often be found relaxing after work and getting in some exercise. On Sundays and holidays the beach is a spot for partying residents, ranging from small picnics to loud gatherings. Lifeguards are on duty everyday.