Big Reef Bay

This long, skinny beach is great for shell searching and taking long, sunset walks. The calm waters here make it a wonderful spot to swim and the nearby reef makes for good snorkeling too. A whole day's fun can be had at this beach.

Located near the heart of Peter Island, 5.8 miles southeast of downtown Road Town, Big Reef Bay is on the East coast of the island, You might think about stopping by whether or not you're staying nearby. Do you dream of finding a beach tucked into an untouched part of town? Many visitors seek a beach that hasn't been "discovered" by thousands of tourists; the lovely, less-traveled shores of beaches like Big Reef Bay are perfect when you need a break from the typical tourist scene.

Amenities and Ambiance

Keep in mind that restrooms won't be found on-site, so if you're visiting with small children you might want to consider a different location.

What's Nearby


You'll find this beach on the East coast of Peter Island. It is near St. Phillip's Church, which is one of a few local attractions.

Some may think that beaches and museums are an odd combination, but many travelers find that museums like VI Maritime Museum (positioned five miles away) offer an entertaining diversion and help share a different side of the Virgin Islands.

Being able to choose from some activities besides the beach will ensure you won't run low on things to do. The following table contains a list of nearby attractions.

Activities and Attractions Near Big Reef Bay
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
St. Phillip's Church Historical Site 4.8 NNW Tortola
VI Maritime Museum Museum 4.9 N Tortola
Old Government House Museum Museum 5.4 NW Tortola
Fort Charlotte Ruins Historical Site 5.5 NW Tortola
Eugene O'Neal Museum Museum 5.6 NW Tortola

Cities and Towns

Not far away you'll find Road Town, a town which is noted for its balance between seclusion and urbanization. From Big Reef Bay, Road Town is about five and a half miles (nine kilometers) away.


The number of other people sharing spots in the sand can vary widely, it depends mainly on when you visit, and how many of the nearby hotel rooms have been booked. There aren't many major hotels nearby, but it can attract visitors staying at some of the area's smaller options.

Since this beach is in a relatively touristed area, it is not typically very difficult to find the kind of hotel you're looking for close-by. If you and your party are hoping to get a place that's near the ocean, the table that follows lists the closest options to Big Reef Bay.

Accommodations near Big Reef Bay
Hotel Distance Direction Island Type
Peter Island Resort & Spa 0.6 NW Peter Island Resort
Prospect Reef Resort 5.0 NW Tortola Resort
Fort Burt Hotel 5.1 NW Tortola Hotel


If you're on the beach and start to get the munchies, don't worry, you'll have your pick of different cuisines and dining styles nearby. One of the nearest restaurants is Deadman's Beach Bar & Grill. The restaurant has both Caribbean and Continental cuisines. They're also renowned for their sandwiches. You'll have the option of walking or taking a cab since it's not far off the beach at all.

A list of nearby restaurants is listed below.

Restaurants near Big Reef Bay
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Distance Direction Island
Deadman's Beach Bar & Grill (284) 495-2000 Caribbean, Continental, Fusion 0.4 mi. W Peter Island
Tradewinds Restaurant (284) 495-2000 Caribbean 0.6 mi. NW Peter Island
William Thornton Floating Bar and Restaurant (284) 340-8603 Caribbean 3.9 mi. SW Norman Island
Cooper Island Beach Club Restaurant (284) 495-9084 Caribbean 4.2 mi. NE Cooper Island
Brandywine Estate Restaurant (284) 495-2301 Italian, Mediterranean 4.3 mi. N Tortola
Pusser's East (284) 495-1010 International 4.8 mi. N Tortola
CalaMaya (284) 495-2126 Eclectic 4.9 mi. N Tortola
Brisani's At The Reef (284) 494-2593 Caribbean, International 5.0 mi. NW Tortola

Other Beaches

There are plenty of beautiful beach locations to choose from on Peter Island, so if Big Reef Bay doesn't sound like your type of scene, you have options.

If you like the ambiance at this beach, you might also like Nanny Cay, found five and a half miles away. Still, if you're searching for something a little more active, you might enjoy people watching at Deadman's Bay. It's found a couple hundred yards to the west-northwest.

Another location you may want to try is The Bight, which is located four miles to the south west.

You may find that Big Reef Bay is a great fit for your vacation, but maybe you want to see more; if so, there are other beaches and natural attractions in the Virgin Islands you might like.


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