Whether you’re interested in sunbathing on white sand beaches, under an umbrella, or snorkeling colorful coral reefs, these are some of the best BVI beaches you just can’t miss.
Considered the best beach in the BVI, and its center of activity, you’ll find white sand, warm calm waters, great food, snorkeling, plenty of bars in Cane Garden Bay. Some of the best sunsets in the Caribbean are here. Watch from the beach in a lounger under an umbrella, or from your yacht at the end of a great day. The bay is like a postcard no matter what angle you view it from!
Located at the bottom of a hill on the southern end of Virgin Gorda, The Baths is a popular beach and an amazing snorkeling place. A must-see in the BVI, you’ll swim through an elaborate cave system and among towering granite boulders—the perfect backdrop for family snapshots and Instagramming.
Bordered by verdant hills, tall palm trees, and crystal waters, you’ll find a little slice of paradise in Smugger’s Cove. A secluded beach in Tortola, you can sunbathe, snorkel, or engage in watersports without too much of a crowd. Enjoy the views of Jost Van Dyke across the Caribbean Sea or swim with sea turtles, sea urchins, and colorful fish.
One of the top beaches in the BVI, White Bay beach offers a long stretch of white sand and calm turquoise water. Swim off the boat, try your hand at stand-up paddleboarding, or snorkel among the spectacular coral formations of the offshore reef. Or you can just enjoy the sunshine by setting-up a hammock among the palm trees, relaxing with a good book, and having a drink from one of the local award-winning beach bars.
Located between Tortola and Jost Van Dyke, and formerly owned by the Rockefeller family, Sandy Cay now exists as part of the National Parks Trust and is open to the public. As it’s uninhabited you’ll have to bring your own libations—the perfect excuse for a beachside picnic. A beautiful hiking trail will take you through the island to a small cliff overlooking the ocean. This is an ideal spot to visit early in the morning while enjoying the pristine beauty of the beach, which is covered in sand dollars and hermit crabs.
6. Anegada Island
North of Virgin Gorda, you’ll find Anegada Island, one of the most sparsely populated islands in the BVI. Horseshoe Reef, the largest barrier reef in the Caribbean, sits just offshore here where you can snorkel and dive to your heart’s content. Benches and picnic tables line the beaches and conch shells are used as decorations in the island’s village named The Settlement. You may even get to see some of Anegada’s wildlife, which includes flamingos, iguanas, and turtles.
Part of the Little Sisters chain of BVI islands, Cooper Island beaches are worthwhile mainly due to the Cooper Island Beach Club where you’ll have access to a rum bar, coffee shop, dive shop, and local boutiques. Off the coast is a popular dive site called Wreck Alley, where four different boats were sunk to provide an artificial reef for sea life to inhabit.
Cooper Island. Photo by @hanhanbvi. Used with permission.
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