Many people know of Dead Chest Island and don't even realize it, but it is true. It has been made famous by the "pirate" song that goes something like this: "15 men on Dead Man's Chest, yo ho ho and a bottle of rum." Of course, that is just hearsay, but many believe that the island of Dead Chest Island got its name after famed pirate Blackbeard left 15 men ashore the island with only a bottle of rum after a mutiny.
Uninhabited by humans, Dead Chest Island is a popular spot for snorkelers and novice divers because of the calm waters. The corals that lie beneath appear to resemble a garden, and Dead Chest West is known for its mazes of coral.
Dead Chest National Park is located in the heart of Dead Chest Island, 5.3 miles southeast of downtown Road Town; it's five miles (eight and a half kilometers) to the southeast of Road Town.
There are plenty of dining options to select from in the community immediately near this wildlife reservation. Tradewinds Restaurant, which serves Caribbean dishes, is also the closest restaurant to the nature preserve. The restaurant is maybe around less than a mile away from Dead Chest National Park, so check it out and dig in! Also within a short distance, you will encounter restaurants such as Deadman's Beach Bar & Grill and Cooper Island Beach Club Restaurant where you and your party should make it a point not to ask for your check without trying their specialty, seafood, among others.
Travelers who like nature preserves, and are interested in visiting others, ought to think about Rhone Marine Park and Sage Mountain National Park; the first is 1.0 miles to the east of this page's attraction. Other kinds of local attractions include VI Maritime Museum, which is four miles away Tortola. Also, you might think about making the trip to St. Phillip's Church, which is another attraction in the vicinity.
A selection of nearby activities will ensure that you never run low on things to do. The attractions closest to this location are found in the following table.
|VI Maritime Museum||Museum||4.1 mi. (4.0 km)||N||2.5 mi. East of Road Town||Tortola|
|St. Phillip's Church||Historic Site||4.2 mi. (2.3 km)||NNW||Kingstown||Tortola|
|Old Government House Museum||Museum||5.0 mi. (0.7 km)||NW||Road Town||Tortola|
|Fort Charlotte Ruins||Historic Site||5.2 mi. (0.8 km)||NW||Road Town||Tortola|
You can visit Dead Chest Island from sun up to sun down.
There is no charge to visit Dead Chest Island, however, many people visit the dive sites that surround it with a tour group. The prices of these groups vary.
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