Smuggler's Cove (Tortola)

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Price & Hours

Free
Dawn-dusk daily

Details

Beaches, Free Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
3.9scorecard
  • 5.0Value
  • 2.0Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

Its name suggests stealth, and it's true that Smuggler's Cove is the ideal shore for a clandestine beach rendezvous than it is a raucous beach with amenities galore. You'll find these sands on Tortola's western coast to be less crowded than other beaches in the BVIs, with a relaxing atmosphere and little but the horizon to enjoy. In fact, there is only one beach bar/snack stand nearby, Nigel's, which is beloved by many a traveler. 

Travelers report good snorkeling conditions here, with plenty of colorful fish swimming around and coral to see. Beachgoers loved the quiet atmosphere of the cove was and the calm blue water.

Smuggler's Cove is free and accessible daily. It's located on the west end of Tortola, less than 10 miles west of Road Town. Keep in mind that you'll travel down a dirt road to reach the shoreline, but the extra bit of dirt on your tires will be worth it for all the secluded beauty, according to recent travelers.

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#1 The Baths (Virgin Gorda)

Wading through the colorful coves and granite boulders of The Baths in Virgin Gorda is undeniably the most notable experience you can have in the British Virgin Islands. Travelers and experts alike agree: It's the must-see attraction of the BVI archipelago. Massive smooth ash gray boulders of varying sizes rise from the sea's crystalline waters, making a maze of sorts for travelers to wade or swim through. Climbing through the crevices and grottoes of The Baths isn't terribly intensive, but the granite boulders can be slippery so swim shoes or sneakers are encouraged. Once you reach Devil's Bay, the stunning beach clearing at the end of the rocks, you'll find shallow clear waters perfect for a little light snorkeling or restful sunbathing. 

Visitors are consistent in their praise of The Baths, calling the natural wonder "beautiful" and the beach "pristine."  Although photo opportunities are rife at The Baths, some travelers recommend saving space on your camera for a few shots of The Baths' Cathedral Room – a natural pool within a small cave. 

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