Cane Garden Bay (Tortola)

#2 in Best Things To Do in British Virgin Islands
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Price & Hours

Free
Dawn-dusk daily

Details

Beaches, Free Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
4.7

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  • 5.0Value
  • 4.5Facilities
  • 5.0Atmosphere

The center of activity in the BVI is on Tortola and the center of activity on Tortola is Cane Garden Bay. You'll spend the day at this northwestern beach swimming in the turquoise water, renting a boat or kayak, snorkeling around the beach's western edge and enjoying the great food. And when the sun goes down, Cane Garden Bay turns up. Happy hours are aplenty and live music wafts from local hotels with thrumming bars like Quito's Gazebo, Elm and Myett's – plus, chances are you'll be dancing. 

Recent travelers can't say enough about Cane Garden Bay. They're especially amazed at how quickly the area bounced back after Hurricane Irma, noting a collection of operating restaurants and bars, and the opportunity to rent Jet Skis. However, some say the chilled out atmosphere of the beach changes when the cruise crowds roll in. Either try to avoid visiting when a cruise ship is in port (check the BVI Ports Authority website for details) or plan to arrive early in the day to stake out a prime spot on the sand. 

Cane Garden Bay is situated on the north shore of Tortola, about 5 miles west of Road Town, and free to access daily. 

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