We have many wonderful beaches. Long Bay Beach (which begins at the end of Ewing House driveway) is absolutely beautiful and we are very close to two other wonderful beaches, Smuggler's Cove which has terrific snorkeling but a very bumpy road into it and Cane Garden Bay which is also very beautiful but due to its proximity to town gets a lot of cruise ship traffic. We still wouldn't miss them.
Our favorite beaches in more detail:
One mile of white sand, it's what you're looking down at from Ewing House. A couple points: while it's beautiful and our view has been the cover of the British Virgin Islands calendar, it's a rocky beach (under the water) for most of its length, so it doesn't ever get crowded. Now, there are large sand bars in three areas of the beach, most importantly right in front of our house. When you look down from the balcony, you can actually see where the sand is, so you'll know where to go. So you get one mile of white sand and you can still go swimming and sun bathing without the crowds.
On the other side of the sugarloaf you see at the end of Long Bay. Because the road is unpaved, and extremely bumpy, it's another beautiful uncrowded beach, but Smuggler's has great snorkeling as it's a hidden cove with no real waves and some great reefs.
Not actually a beach (as in it's stones), it's about 5 minutes walking from the house and it's the dominant surfing area on the island. Very consistent break (directly in front of Bomba's Shack), but it's not the place to learn how to surf. For learning how to surf, go to Josiah's Bay.
On the inside of a cove and protected by reefs, Cane Garden Beach is beautiful. It can get crowded in the middle of the day, as it's close to Road Town and gets cruise ship day trippers, but in the mornings and late afternoons, it's one of the prettiest beaches you'll find anywhere. It's also got a number of good beachside restaurants.
Quite a drive, and mainly popular with surfers, Josiah's beach is a lot of fun. It is never crowded, there are two beach bars there catering to the surfers, one of which (the first one on your way in), has amazing burgers, but more importantly, it's a great place to learn how to surf. They rent boards at the beach bar, and it's a pure sand beach where you can stand while you're wating for waves. Anyone who's tried learning how to surf will appreciate this. There are a couple areas with differently sized breaks, so both beginners and intermediates can have a good time.[Back to the top]
Way over on East End, you actually take a free ferry to Marina Cay, a small island where there's a little hotel and a Pusser's. It's a fun little island to wander around (there's a library in what used to be the 1930's house of two expats on the top of the hill), and the beach is very pretty looking out over the East End islands. It's a great day trip.
If you're in the mood for day-trips to other islands, there is more detail on other islands and their beaches here.[Back to the top]