The beach at Apple Bay has been nicknamed the "Surfing Beach" so, if you're in search of the perfect wave this is the destination for you. During most of the year the waves are only around five to six feet. Though this beach is small, you will still find plenty of beach activities, especially when the surf is up. For the best surfing, visit Apple Bay in January and February. This beach is on the northwest shore of Tortola and guarantees a fun time for active beach goers or those who just want to sunbathe on soft sand.
Located in the eastern part of Long Bay, 2.6 miles south west of Cane Garden Bay, Apple Bay is on the South West coast of Tortola. You should think about stopping by even if you aren't staying nearby. While Apple Bay is not the most secluded beach in the Virgin Islands, it has just the right amount of private-feel to attract beachgoers.
Many visitors find themselves ordering a drink or snack from the concessions here, even if they move off-site for lunch. You may also have the option to try local specialties from one of the mobile vendors who typically set up shop here.
Please note that public restrooms are not available, which is something to consider if you're bringing the kids, or plan to spend all day outside. Near Apple Bay, there is a small community and a very casual hotel called Sebastian's, so these shores are frequented by both vacationers and locals alike.
Be mindful that the immediate vicinity around Apple Bay is highly urbanized, so make sure to get a spot!
Apple Bay is on the South West coast of Tortola; this area boasts other attractions such as Belmont Archaeological Site, which is one of the most conveniently accessible attractions.
Beaches and museums may seem an unlikely combination to some, but some visitors find that museums like North Shore Shell Museum (one of the closest to Apple Bay) offer a fun learning experience and a whole new way to view the Virgin Islands' traditions and culture.
A selection of nearby activities will ensure that you never get bored. Attractions close to this beach can be found in the following table.
|Belmont Archaeological Site||Historical Site||0.3 mi.||W||Tortola|
|Fort Recovery||Historical Site||0.9 mi.||SSE||Tortola|
|North Shore Shell Museum||Museum||1.1 mi.||NE||Tortola|
|St. Michael Church Ruins||Historical Site||1.3 mi.||NE||Tortola|
|Vigilant Sloop||Historical Site||1.5 mi.||SW||Frenchman's Cay|
|The Dungeon||Historical Site||2.4 mi.||E||Tortola|
|John Lettsom House||Historical Site||2.4 mi.||NE||Tortola|
|Callwood Historic Distillery||Historical Site||2.6 mi.||NE||Tortola|
|Thornton Plantation||Historical Site||2.7 mi.||E||Tortola|
|Fort Charlotte Ruins||Historical Site||4.2 mi.||E||Tortola|
|Sunday Morning Well||Historical Site||4.3 mi.||ENE||Tortola|
|Scenic Trail||4.3 mi.||ENE||Tortola|
The nearby town of Road Town is a neat region that strikes a balance between island tranquility and urbanization. From the coast, Road Town is a quick trip away, roughly four and a half miles (seven and a half kilometers).
The crowdedness of the shoreline can vary widely, it depends on many factors: the time of sundown, happy hour, even how many hotel rooms have been booked nearby. Apple Bay is not located near many major hotels, but you may encounter guests from smaller lodgings in the area.
Since the beach is situated in a relatively popular vacation destination, it typically isn't all that difficult to find a hotel nearby that suits your needs. For guests hoping to find a place that's on or near the water, the following table lists the options closest to Apple Bay.
|Sebastian's on the Beach||0.0 mi.||WSW||Hotel|
|Sugar Mill Hotel||0.4 mi.||NE||Hotel|
|Long Bay Beach Resort||0.5 mi.||WSW||Resort|
|Fort Recovery Beachfront Villas||0.9 mi.||SSE||Resort|
|Agape Cottages||2.5 mi.||NE||Cottages|
|Rhymer's Beach Hotel||2.6 mi.||NE||Hotel|
|Quito's Ole Works Inn||2.6 mi.||NE||Hotel|
If someone in your group starts to get a little hungry at the beach, it's alright because you'll have your pick of different cuisines and dining styles nearby. One of the closest restaurants is Seaside Grill. The restaurant serves both Caribbean and Continental dishes on the menu. You'll have the option of walking or taking a cab since it's just a short distance away.
The table below provides a list of places to eat near this beach.
|Seaside Grill||(284) 495-4212||Caribbean, Continental||0.0 mi.||WSW||Tortola|
|Sebastian's Beach Bar and Restaurant||(284) 495-4988||International||0.0 mi.||WSW||Tortola|
|Islands Beach Restaurant||(284) 495-4355||Caribbean||0.4 mi.||NE||Tortola|
|(284) 495-4252||American, Caribbean, International||0.5 mi.||WSW||Tortola|
|Sugar Mill Restaurant||(284) 495-4355||Caribbean, Eclectic||0.5 mi.||NE||Tortola|
|Fort Recovery Restaurant||(284) 541-0955||Eclectic||0.9 mi.||SSE||Tortola|
|The Clubhouse at Frenchmans||(284) 494-8811||French||1.3 mi.||SW||Frenchman's Cay|
|(284) 494-0740||--||1.5 mi.||WSW||Tortola|
|Pusser's Landing||(284) 495-4554||American||1.6 mi.||SW||Frenchman's Cay|
|(284) 495-4684||French||1.7 mi.||SW||Frenchman's Cay|
|Big Banana||(284) 495-4606||Caribbean||--||--||Tortola|
Vacationers in search of the perfect beach will have plenty of other choices on Tortola besides Apple Bay.
You may also want to try Smuggler's Cove, which is generally a pretty popular beach. You'll find it one and a quarter miles to the west. A vacation in the BVI isn't complete without a trip to Smuggler's Cove, one of the areas most renowned beaches. Simplicity and relaxation are the key elements on this beach, where the sand and surf are the main attractions. If it's solitude and tranquility you're seeking, Cane Garden Bay is a beach secluded from lots of tourists and buildings. It is located not far off the beach at all.
Another sun-drenched spot to consider is Long Bay West, located within a couple of miles. 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.
Maybe Apple Bay is a perfect spot for you to kick back, and at the same time perhaps not the the ideal fit; in which case there are other beaches (and other outdoor attractions) worth trying.
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