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 island of Anegada, 2.0 miles northwest of Setting Point, You should consider stopping by even if you aren't staying in the vicinity. If you're looking for a quiet part of the coast, away from crowded tourist attractions, you should consider visiting 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.

If you're suddenly hungry or thirsty, the concession stand at Cow Wreck Bay is the ultimate convenience.

Unfortunately, public restrooms aren't available, so those of you traveling with small children may want to consider another spot. You will find the water here is of good snorkeling quality, so bring your gear if you want to do some underwater exploration.

What's Nearby


This spot is on the North West coast of Anegada. Nearby you'll find accommodations like Anegada Beach Club, which is not very far away. Visitors have the option to walk or to take a cab to this property, perhaps the closest booking option reachable from Cow Wreck Bay, despite the fact that there aren't many other popular spots you can drive to.

Cities and Towns

The closest region on Anegada to Cow Wreck Bay is The Settlement. This interesting part of Anegada is just six miles from the coast, so a trip here doesn't have to take all day. This area of the Virgin Islands is an area with plenty to do, but yet isn't overcrowded.


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 hotel rooms have been booked nearby. This spot is not near many large hotels, but you may see guests staying at some of the smaller accommodations in the area.

While you will find only a few places to stay in the region, those accommodations closest to the beach are shown in the list 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 someone in your group starts to get a little hungry at the beach, it's alright because you'll have plenty of places to dine, without having to go too far. Cow Wreck Restaurant is one of the closest eateries. The restaurant offers a menu of Caribbean cuisine. Visitors often rave about their seafood. When you start to get hungry, you won't need to wait too long to eat as it's not far off the beach at all.

The following table provides a list of dining options 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

Of course, there are lots of other spots along the coast of Anegada, so perhaps you can explore more than one.

Of course, there are lots of other things to do and see in the Virgin Islands; then again, Cow Wreck Bay is both a beautiful natural attraction, and a fun hangout spot.


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