Cow Wreck Bay

Photo credit: © Andrew Warren

Cow Wreck Bay, located on the island of Anegada, offers miles of soft, white sand, accompanied by some of the best swimming waters in the British Virgin Islands. The area is largely undeveloped, with a local beach bar one of the few options for food and drink in the immediate area. The long stretch of ocean reefs allow the water to be calm and swimmable.

Situated on the western coast of the island of Anegada, 2.0 miles northwest of Setting Point, You might think about stopping by regardless of whether you're staying in the immediate vicinity. If you plan to sunbathe or take a nap on a fairly secluded beach, you should venture a little farther from the city, and a little closer to Cow Wreck Bay.

How to Access The Beach
The beach is accessible via small roads running off the northern coastal road.

Amenities and Ambiance

The bay is surrounded by beautiful plant life and sand dunes and offers miles of soft, white sand. Guarded by the extensive coral reefs offshore, the waters are calm and shallow, perfect for casual swimming and snorkeling.

Many visitors find themselves ordering a drink or snack from the concessions here, even if they move off-site for lunch.

Unfortunately, you won't find any public restrooms along this coastline, which is something to consider if you're bringing the kids, or plan to spend all day outside. You'll find the waters off-shore to be clear enough for snorkeling, so grab your gear if you want to see what lies beneath the surface.

What's Nearby


Positioned on the North West coast of Anegada. Nearby accommodations include the Anegada Beach Club, it can be found just a short distance away. Visitors have the option to walk or to take a cab to this property, one of the closest booking options reachable from Cow Wreck Bay, despite the fact that there aren't many other attractions within driving distance.

Cities and Towns

The closest part of Anegada to Cow Wreck Bay is The Settlement. This destination is only six miles from the coast, so it doesn't have to be a terribly lengthy excursion. The Settlement is a neat region that strikes a balance between island tranquility and urbanization.


The number of other people sharing spots in the sand can vary widely, depending on everything from the time the sun sets to how many of the nearby hotel rooms have been booked. This beach is not near many large hotels, but it can attract guests from smaller lodgings in the area.

Although you won't find many hotels nearby, the ones found closest to the shore have been listed in the table below.

Accommodations near Cow Wreck Bay
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Anegada Beach Club 1.6 E Hotel
Neptune's Treasure 1.6 SE Hotel
Keel Point Cottages 1.8 E Cottages


If you start getting hungry during your afternoon at the shore, this beach has you covered, and you don't have to go far away. One of the closest places to eat is Cow Wreck Restaurant. The restaurant has a menu featuring Caribbean cuisine. They have become well-known, however, because of their seafood. When you start to get hungry, you won't need to wait too long to eat as it's just a short distance away.

The table below provides a list of places to eat near this beach.

Restaurants near Cow Wreck Bay
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Cow Wreck Restaurant (284) 495-8047 Caribbean Very Casual 0.1 mi. ENE
Pomato Point Restaurant (284) 495-9466 Caribbean Very Casual 1.5 mi. S
Lobster Trap (284) 495-9466 Caribbean, International Informal 1.6 mi. E
Neptune's Treasure Restaurant (284) 495-9439 International Informal 1.6 mi. SE
Pam's Kitchen (284) 495-9237 International Very Casual 1.6 mi. SE
Anegada Reef Hotel Restaurant (284) 495-8002 Eclectic Very Casual 2.0 mi. SE
Potter's by the Sea (284) 495-9182 Caribbean, International Very Casual 2.1 mi. SE

Other Beaches

Needless to say, Cow Wreck Bay isn't the only beach worth visitng on Anegada.

The Virgin Islands offers endless ways to discover its natural beauty, and Cow Wreck Bay offers just one way to spend time outdoors.


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