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.

Positioned on Peter Island, 5.8 miles southeast of downtown Road Town, Big Reef Bay is on the East coast of the island, You should consider stopping by regardless of whether you're staying in the vicinity. This beach is not just a pleasant attraction, it is one of the more unique and quiet beaches in the Virgin Islands. While Big Reef Bay may be a little more trouble to reach, it's a pleasure to find an undisturbed plot of sand like this one.

Amenities and Ambiance

Keep in mind that restrooms won't be found on-site, though you may be able to use the facilities at a nearby business.

What's Nearby


Positioned on the East coast of Peter Island; it's located near attractions like St. Phillip's Church, which is one of the most conveniently accessible attractions.

If you're interested in mixing some cultural exploration with your trip to the beach, you should plan a trip to VI Maritime Museum, a lovely museum found five miles to the north, giving you a chance to see, and learn about, even more of the area.

A selection of nearby activities will ensure that you never run out of things to do. The attractions nearest to this beach are listed in the following table.

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

Big Reef Bay is close to Road Town, so a trip into the city is a definite option. The nearby town of Road Town is in an area with interesting things to do and see, but isn't as sprawling and crowded as some other areas. From the beach, Road Town is found maybe five and a half miles (nine kilometers) away.


The mood here——social and lively, or virtually empty—— will vary depending on the time of day, particularly in the high season when hotels overflow with tourists. This beach is not near many large hotels, but you may encounter visitors staying at some of the area's smaller options.

Those hoping to find a room not far from Big Reef Bay will find themselves in luck, as there are plenty of hotels and resorts to choose from nearby. You will find the closest booking options by viewing what's shown in the table below.

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 during your visit you start getting hungry, you'll have some great cuisine to choose from, so there's no need to go too far from the shore. One of the nearest restaurants is Deadman's Beach Bar & Grill. The restaurant serves both Caribbean and Continental dishes on the menu. They also specialize in sandwiches. You and your group can get to this restaurant and start eating in just a few minutes since it's just a little ways away.

Restaurants closest to this beach are provided in the following table.

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 perhaps you can explore more than one.

Travelers who like this beach might also enjoy Nanny Cay, situated five and a half miles to the northwest. Others might prefer Deadman's Bay, which could provide more action, and isn't far from additional things to do and see nearby. It's found a couple hundred yards to the west-northwest.

You might also want to visit The Bight, located four miles to the south west.

Maybe Big Reef Bay is a perfect spot for you to kick back, and at the same time perhaps not the the ideal fit; in which case you should keep looking for a beach or natural attraction that suits your vacation style.


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