The Bight

Though the bay is big, the beach known as The Bight on its shore is fairly small. The rest of the coast is covered in rocks or foliage.

Located on Norman Island, close to Peter Island, The Bight is on the North West coast of the island, You might think about stopping by whether or not you're staying very close. You will typically find plenty of beach space once you hit the sand, as the area surrounding the beach is not overly congested.

Amenities and Ambiance

This bay is peppered with boaters and the beach boasts a pier. The small patch of sand here is gray, but very soft. The water is calmed by the bay's shape and very warm.

The snack bar here is the ultimate convenience if you need a cold drink, or something to hold you over until dinner.

Unfortunately, restrooms will not be available here, which is something to consider if you plan to spend a full day in the sun. Happily, the off-shore waters are clear and good for snorkeling, so bring along some gear if you want to see the underwater world.

If you find that you go for beaches which grant a calm enclave, then you should enjoy The Bight; it is located in a much quieter area of Norman Island.

What's Nearby


The Bight is on the North West coast of Norman Island; the area is home to other attractions such as The Dungeon, which is five and a half miles away.

If you're interested in combining a cultural experience with your visit to the beach, you may want to consider visiting Old Government House Museum. This museum is located seven miles away, and might make a nice break from the midday sun.

If you're looking for other nearby attractions or activity options, the following table shows the closest options.

Activities and Attractions Near The Bight
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
The Dungeon Historical Site 5.6 NNW Tortola
Thornton Plantation Historical Site 5.9 N Tortola
Fort Recovery Historical Site 6.3 NW Tortola
Fort Charlotte Ruins Historical Site 6.8 N Tortola
Old Government House Museum Museum 6.8 N Tortola

Cities and Towns

The Bight is near Coral Bay, so you can explore the city as part of your day at the beach. Cities near The Bight include Coral Bay, which is a fairly rural area, but it will be a pleasant day trip for those hoping to get a taste of the local scene. From the coast, Coral Bay is a little ways off, maybe seven miles (11 kilometers) away.


How many other people you encounter at The Bight will depend on if you visit during a popular season, which is often indicated by how busy the hotels are. There are not many large hotels nearby, but it can attract visitors from the few small lodgings in the area.

Because this beach is located in a fairly popular tourist area, it typically isn't very difficult to find the type of hotel you're looking for close-by. For guests looking to get a place that's near the water, the following table shows the closest accommodation options to The Bight.

Accommodations near The Bight
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Peter Island Resort & Spa 3.8 NE Resort
Nanny Cay Marina & Hotel 5.7 N Resort
Fort Recovery Beachfront Villas 6.3 NW Resort


Although you'll be hard-pressed to find many dining options nearby, you can still find some interesting eateries, particularly if you are willing to drive a bit. William Thornton Floating Bar and Restaurant is one of the closest eateries, which is a delicious choice during or after a day at the beach.

The table below lists nearby restaurants.

Restaurants near The Bight
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Distance Direction Island
William Thornton Floating Bar and Restaurant (284) 340-8603 Caribbean 0.0 mi. SSW Norman Island
Deadman's Beach Bar & Grill (284) 495-2000 Caribbean, Continental, Fusion 3.7 mi. NE Peter Island
Tradewinds Restaurant (284) 495-2000 Caribbean 3.8 mi. NE Peter Island

Other Beaches

Of course, you'll find plenty of other beaches on Norman Island, and The Bight is just one option.

You may also want to consider Long Bay West, which is located seven and a half miles away. Long Bay West is a beautiful beach with breathtaking views where travelers can relax in style. The views and sunsets are spectacular and there's plenty of room for sunning, walking, or jogging.

The Bight could be the ideal stretch of sand, but it is possible that it may not be the best choice for your family; if so, there are other beaches and natural attractions in the Virgin Islands you might like.


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