Tortola is full of many beaches of all different types. You can see three beaches from Tingalayo – Apple Bay, Long Bay and Smuggler’s Cove (our favorite). To get to these, drive down the mountain (7-10 minutes), turn right at Ben’s Superette, quick right onto Zion Hill Road to cross over to the north side of Tortola (5 minutes). When you get there, go left for Long Bay Beach (3 minutes) or Smuggler’s Cove (10 minutes).
Or you can turn right for a whole line-up of beaches in the many coves along the north shore. Apple Bay (2 minutes), Cane Garden Bay (10 minutes), Brewer’s Bay (15 minutes), Trunk Bay (25 minutes). By then you are nearing the east side of Tortola, where you will find Trellis Bay. You can reach Trellis Bay using the south shore road as well, which may be a bit faster (45 minutes).
Or you can just jump in the pool (zero minutes!).
You can visit a new beach each day of the week and still have more to explore. For most, if not all of the beaches, there are no lifeguards on duty and depending on the weather the undertows can be dangerous so check the weather forecast and bring a friend. Here are just some of our favorites!