The Caribbean is renowned for its lush rain forests, pristine beaches, and all-inclusive resorts. Thousands of couples tie the knot in the islands each year, and countless movies are filmed everywhere from the Bahamas to Barbados. With so many options, sailing the Caribbean makes for an incredible experience – but it can be overwhelming to find that perfect beach when there are so many out there. Fortunately, the beaches in the British Virgin Islands are some of the best hidden gems in the Caribbean.
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White Bay – Jost Van Dyke
On the island of Jost Van Dyke is one of the best party beaches in the British Virgin Islands. White Bay boasts several bars and small eateries and has the distinction of the being the birthplace of the Painkiller – a potent cocktail combining several fruit juices and dark rum. The sand has a reputation for being some of the softest in the world, due to its being produced by fish eating the coral surrounding the island.
The Baths – Virgin Gorda
The Baths are some of the most popular tourist attractions in the British Virgin Islands, and for good reason. The huge boulders encompassing hidden beaches and rock pools make this a true geological wonder. The beaches are some of the most beautiful in the world, with turquoise waters perfect for snorkelling and scuba diving. This, of course, results in both tourists and natives flocking to these gorgeous sands, so go early to avoid crowds.
Apple Bay – Tortola
Apple Bay on the island of Tortola is, quite simply, a surfer’s paradise. The winter season brings with it some totally rad waves, dude! Surfers describe it as having some of the best swells in the tropics. And don’t forget the food! The Sugar Mill Restaurant is often referred to as the best in the Caribbean.
Cane Garden Bay – Tortola
Cane Garden Bay is known as the “Jewel of the British Virgin Islands”. This sheltered beach is set against a backdrop of green, thanks to the nearby hills covered in trees. The clear blue water is calm for the majority of the year, making Cane Garden Bay a serene place to swim, snorkel, or just relax with a rum punch from Myett’s beach bar. Note that it is a stop for most cruise ships, so check with the BVI Port Authority before planning your day.
Smuggler’s Cove – Tortola
For the ultimate in peace and quiet, Smuggler’s Cove is the place to be. Accessible only by a dirt road, this hidden gem offers wonderful snorkelling in the coral bank near the shore. Make sure you bring everything you need, as Smuggler’s Cove remains one of the most secluded beaches in the British Virgin Islands, with no beach bars or snack shacks around.
So what are you waiting for? It’s time to set sail and drop anchor near one of these perfect slices of paradise!
Laura Lynch, creator and writer of Savored Journeys, is an avid world traveler, certified wine expert, and international food specialist. She has written about travel and food for over 20 years and has visited 70+ countries.