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Yak Shak Rentals Has Recipes for Fun at Magens Bay

the yak shak sign sits atop a brightly painted box painted with birds, fish and an iguana wearing a snorkel mask

Written by Coconut Post

Whether you’re in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands as a visitor, a local — or always in spirit — Coconut Post keeps you posted on fun-filled news ’n views. Published monthly by Flamboyan On The Bay Resort & Villas, we’re focused on sharing our people, places, and fun things happening in paradise.

May, 2021

owner of the yak shak on mages bay beach poses with magens bay in the background he holds an oar

Above: Look for the colorful Yak Shak Paddleboard & Kayak Rentals sign by Shed #1 at Magens Bay Beach.

Top of the page: At Yak Shak, HL Freyn is ready to set you up with a single or double kayak or stand-up-paddleboard. 

a round photo of a half of a coconut wearing yellow sunglasses shaped like flowers


A bit about Bailey’s Banana Colada – AKA “BBC”

Legend has it the Bailey’s Banana Colada  —“BBC” — originated on St. Thomas. A favorite local recipe uses 2 bananas broken into chunks, 6-fluid ounces each of banana liqueur, Bailey’s Irish Cream, and room temperature coconut cream plus 6 cups of crushed ice. In a blender, combine banana chunks and banana liqueur until smooth. Next, blend in Bailey’s Irish Cream and coconut cream. Lastly, add ice and blend until smooth. Cheers!

On the island of St. Thomas, residents and visitors agree: an all-time favorite daytime destinations is Magens Bay. 

For decades, Magens has consistently been voted one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Thanks to calm waters in the protected bay, the crystal clear water is alive with turtles and fish.

If you are a guest at Flamboyan Resort, lucky you! You are staying at the only hotel within walking distance to Magens — just a half-mile away.

As soon as you arrive, in addition to a stunning panorama, the peaceful sight of stand-up paddle boarders and kayakers is sure to catch your eye. 

The good news is, you can get in on the fun. Just head over to theYak Shak. The friendly facility rents out Stand-Up-Paddleboards (SUP) as well as single and double kayaks. What a perfect way to check out the vibrant sea life!

Conveniently located to the right of the entry gate by Shed #1, Yak Shak is the only water sports rental business at Magens. It operates by the motto, “Families and first timers are our specialty.”

At the Yak Shak, you can count on HL Freyn to show you the ropes, answer all your questions and make you feel totally at ease.

Talk about a seasoned pro, HL said, “I started hanging out and helping out here back when I was nine years old. That was more than 30 years ago.” With a warm smile, he added, “My family moved to the island when I was a kid and my father brought me to this beach. Essentially, I’ve been here ever since.” How totally cool!

By the way, in addition to renting out paddle boards and kayaks, HL advised he plans to reinstate his popular Magens Bay nature hikes soon. Be sure to ask him about it.

Yak Shak is open seven days a week from
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, stop by in person or follow on Facebook.


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