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.

Located on the western side of the island of Anegada, 2.0 miles northwest of Setting Point, You should consider dropping by whether or not you're staying particularly close by. If you're looking for a quiet part of the coast, away from crowded tourist attractions, 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.

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

Unfortunately, restrooms will not be available here, but you may be able to find facilities at a nearby business. Happily, the off-shore waters are clear enough for snorkeling, so bring your gear if you want to do some underwater exploration.

What's Nearby


The beach is wonderful, but the surrounding area has a lot to offer, too. Look for it on the North West coast of Anegada. Nearby accommodations include the Anegada Beach Club, which can be found only a short distance away. Some will choose to take a cab here, while others will prefer the walk to this property, one of the most conveniently located booking options accessible from Cow Wreck Bay, despite the fact that there aren't many additional popular spots within driving distance.

Cities and Towns

The nearest area on Anegada to Cow Wreck Bay is The Settlement. This interesting part of Anegada is only six miles from the beach, which means it doesn't have to be a terribly lengthy excursion. This part of the Virgin Islands is noted for its balance between seclusion and urbanization.


Whether or not you encounter many other people will be influenced by everything from the time of day to the capacity of nearby hotels. There are not many major hotels nearby, but you may encounter guests staying at some of the area's smaller options.

Though there aren't many places to stay within a several miles, the nearest ones are shown in the following table.

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


A hot day at the beach will have you craving more than just a cocktail; no beach day is complete until you try a nearby restaurant, where you can sample the local chefs' favorite dishes, without having to go far. One of the nearest restaurants is Cow Wreck Restaurant. The restaurant has Caribbean food. Many guests rave about their seafood. You could take a cab or probably walk to this restaurant since it's not far off the beach at all.

Nearby restaurant options are shown below.

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, there are other beaches on Anegada besides Cow Wreck Bay worth visiting.

The Virgin Islands has some unforgettable natural wonders to explore, and paying a visit to Cow Wreck Bay is just one way you can spend your afternoon.


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