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The majority of beaches are on the North Shore of Tortola (with the exclusion of Well Bay & Brandywine Bay) and you drive along the top of the island on the Ridge Road dropping down into each bay. The views really are stunning.  Here’s a quick summary, from west to east. 

All beaches are public but we’ll keep some of the details and directions to ourselves, as we value our local friendships too much to share everything with you. We’re sure you’ll have fun exploring and discovering for yourself though… 

We supply beach chairs, beach umbrellas and coolers at all the properties, do take them with you as only a couple of beaches have sun loungers (available to rent).

There are few car parks, it’s normal to just park alongside the road, please do leave plenty of space for drivers to get past though. And of course…please leave the beach as you found it (or better) and take your litter with you 

Smuggler's Cove

Generally calm and protected, fun snorkeling over the reef on either side. Nigel's Boom Boom Bar (love him or hate him) and Patricia’s Beach Bar run by Patricia and her husband Bush and daughter Pat for friendly service and great food and drinks. Lifeguard Mark is here Saturday thru Wednesday.

Long Bay (West)

A mile long of white sand, perfect for a bit of exercise. 2 beachfront restaurants (1748 & Tropical Fusion), mostly reef under water but 3 main swim areas with a sandy bottom (one at either end and one just to the west of the rocks). Fun to snorkel out to the rocks.

Apple Bay

The surfers favorite in the winter, fun to watch from Sebastian's Beachside restaurant. The beach changes from sand to pebbles with different weather and swell conditions.

Cane Garden Bay

The only beach with a bunch of beach bars and restaurants and live music, popular with the cruise ship passengers. Check out the cruise ship schedule to avoid crowds which usually leave by 4pm

Brewers Bay

Generally very quiet, couple of very low-key drink and snack shacks, good snorkeling to the west side far east end out near the point (a long swim, only for the more experienced swimmers)

Rogues Bay

A rocky isolated beach with some cool ruins

Trunk Bay

A stunningly gorgeous public beach within a private community

Lava Flow

A spectacular beach with spectacularly bad road - definitely park at the top of the track and walk down carefully.

Josiah's Bay

Home of the fab BVI Surf School (beach break), a long beach with plenty of space, never feels crowded

Little Bay

Difficult to find, aptly named very little beach, another place with a strong dangerous rip when there’s a swell.

Long Bay (East beef Island)

A favorite of the kiting / foiling enthusiasts, also now developed with public toilets and as a favorite of the cruise ship taxis who drop off crowds. Check out the cruise ship schedule to avoid crowds which usually leave by 4pm

Trellis Bay

Calm and protected, it’s a popular anchorage for a couple of the smaller ferries and outer-island resort water taxis. Just 5 minutes walk from the airport it's a nicer place to hang out that the airport lounge...Eat & drink at Da Loose Mongoose, Jeremy's Kitchen, Bon Marche and Trellis Bay Market place and buy gifts and T-Shirts at Aragorn's Studio.

Lambert Bay

A public beach in a resort setting - perfect if you fancy lunch or dinner as well.
*Has a very strong rip when there’s a swell.

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Samantha Pierce,
+1 (284) 542 7872,

Villas of Tortola

97MX+W95, Freshwater Pond, British Virgin Islands

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