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 on Peter Island, 5.8 miles southeast of downtown Road Town, Big Reef Bay is on the East coast of the island, You might want even if you aren't staying in the vicinity. This beach is not just another beach 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 allows you to relax without being bothered by the noise of the crowds.

Amenities and Ambiance

Unfortunately, public restrooms aren't available, which is something to consider if you plan to spend a full day in the sun.

What's Nearby


Big Reef Bay is always a lovely side-trip when you're in the area. Look for it on the East coast of Peter Island; the area is home to other attractions such as St. Phillip's Church, which is one of the closest attractions to visit.

Beaches and museums may seem an unlikely combination to some, but some visitors find that museums like VI Maritime Museum (positioned five miles to the north) offer rare insight into Caribbean life and a whole new perspective of the Virgin Islands.

Beaches are one type of attraction you can visit, but there will be more options available in the Virgin Islands. The table below lists other attractions that are nearby.

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——for snacks, drinks, and other attractions——is a convenient option. The city of Road Town is close-by and is an area with plenty to do, but yet isn't overcrowded. From Big Reef Bay, Road Town is found maybe five and a half miles (nine kilometers) away.


The crowdedness of the shoreline can vary widely, depending on everything from the time of day to how many hotel rooms have been booked nearby. Big Reef Bay is not located near many major hotels, but you may encounter guests from smaller accommodations in the area.

Vacationers looking to find a hotel room near the beach won't have a difficult time, as there are lots of hotels to choose from in the vicinity. You can find the closest, most convenient booking options by perusing those shown in the following table.

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 the heat at the beach has you craving a cool cocktail and a bite to eat, you'll have many local dishes to choose from at nearby establishments. One of the closest places to eat is Deadman's Beach Bar & Grill. This restaurant offers both Caribbean and Continental menu items. They also specialize in sandwiches. You'll have the option of walking or taking a cab as it's only a short distance away.

Restaurants closest to this beach are listed 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

Of course, Big Reef Bay is just one of many beaches you might like on Peter Island.

Another location you might enjoy is Nanny Cay, located five and a half miles to the northwest. If you're on the lookout for more active and social, you might find that Deadman's Bay is just right. It's found a couple hundred yards to the west-northwest.

Vacationers may also want to visit The Bight, located four miles away.

Perhaps Big Reef Bay is the most convenient coastline for you to visit, but some travelers itch to explore more; if so, the Virgin Islands offers a variety of beaches for travelers who wish to try elsewhere.


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