Cooten Bay

Cooten Bay, located on the northern coast of Tortola, offers visitors the perfect surf area. The beach is a thin strip, mostly inaccessible by land, with rough sand and a large amount of shrubbery. Sharp coral rests underneath the water, so swimmers and surfers should take caution.

Located on the island of Tortola, Cooten Bay is on the North East coast of the island, You might want to drop by even if you aren't staying particularly close by. Even if you love being in the middle of all the action, there are some perks to visiting a beach that hasn't been "discovered" by thousands of tourists; relatively untouched parts of the coast like Cooten Bay are perfect when you need a break from the typical tourist scene.

How to Access The Beach
Access to the beach is area is easiest by paddling out from Josiah's Bay, which lies to the east of the beach area. Adventurous visitors can attempt to navigate through an unmaintained land path, which lies to the south of the bay.

Amenities and Ambiance

Cooten Bay is ideal for surfing, as it provides exciting waves and is fairly unpopular. Located between Josiah's and Carot Bay, the area is surrounded by exciting hills and thick, green vegetation.

Unfortunately, restrooms will not be available here, which is something to consider if you're bringing the kids, or plan to spend all day outside. You'll find the waters off-shore to be of good snorkeling quality, so bring along some gear if you've been hoping to get in some underwater exploration.

What's Nearby


This pleasant stretch of sand known as Cooten Bay is on the North East coast of Tortola. It's located near Josiah's Bay Plantation, which is one of a number of local attractions.

Museums and beaches may seem an odd combination to some, but many travelers find that museums like 1780 Lower Estate Sugar Works Museum (one of the closest to Cooten Bay) offer an entertaining diversion and a new way to experience the Virgin Islands' culture.

If you're looking for other nearby attractions or activity options, the beach is located near the attractions in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Cooten Bay
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Josiah's Bay Plantation Historical Site 0.7 mi. ESE Tortola
St. Phillip's Church Historical Site 2.0 mi. S Tortola
1780 Lower Estate Sugar Works Museum Museum 2.0 mi. SW Tortola
VI Maritime Museum Museum 2.1 mi. SE Tortola
Britannic Hall Historical Site 2.1 mi. SW Tortola
Sir Oliva Georges Plaza Historical Site 2.1 mi. SW Tortola
Sunny Caribbee Gallery Art Gallery 2.1 mi. SW Tortola
Her Majesty's Prison Historical Site 2.1 mi. SW Tortola
Sunday Morning Well Historical Site 2.2 mi. SW Tortola
Historic Main Street Walk Scenic Trail 2.3 mi. SW Tortola
Folk Museum Museum 2.3 mi. SW Tortola
Eugene O'Neal Museum Museum 2.3 mi. SW Tortola

Cities and Towns

Cooten Bay is close to Road Town, so exploring the city is a convenient option. The city of Road Town is close-by and is noted for its balance between seclusion and urbanization. From Cooten Bay, Road Town is a quick trip away, maybe two miles (three and a half kilometers).


The number of other people sharing spots in the sand can vary widely, it depends on several things: the season, the weather, even how many hotel rooms have been booked nearby. Typically, you can expect to encounter quite a few visitors from lodgings in the area.

Because this beach is in a pretty popular vacation destination, it is not usually very difficult to find a hotel nearby that's to your taste. If you and your group are hoping to get a place that's on or near the ocean, the table that follows lists the closest accommodation options to Cooten Bay.

Accommodations near Cooten Bay
Hotel Distance Direction Island Type
Lambert Beach Resort 1.2 mi. E Tortola Resort
Mooring-Mariner Inn -- -- Tortola Hotel
Treasure Isle Hotel 1.8 mi. SW Tortola Hotel
Village Cay Resort & Marina 2.1 mi. SW Tortola Hotel
Maria Hotel by the Sea 2.2 mi. SW Tortola Hotel
Fort Burt Hotel 2.6 mi. SSW Tortola Hotel
Prospect Reef Resort 2.8 mi. SSW Tortola Resort
Agape Cottages 4.0 mi. WSW Tortola Cottages
Quito's Gazebo 4.1 mi. WSW Tortola Hotel
Rhymer's Beach Hotel 4.1 mi. WSW Tortola Hotel


Don't worry if your stomach starts rumbling while sunbathing at Cooten Bay; you'll have your pick of different cuisines and dining styles nearby. Mrs. Scatliffe's Restaurant is one of the closest eateries. This restaurant offers a menu of Caribbean cuisine. They have become well-known, however, because of their seafood. Some guests will choose to take a cab here, while others will want to walk since it's just a short distance away.

Nearby restaurants are provided in the following table.

Restaurants near Cooten Bay
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Mrs. Scatliffe's Restaurant (284) 495-4556 Caribbean Informal 0.5 mi. NW
The Turtle Restaurant (284) 495-2877 Caribbean Very Casual 1.2 mi. E
Charlie’s (284) 494-2333 Italian Informal -- --
Ginny's (284) 494-2333 American, Asian Very Casual -- --
Mariner Inn Restaurant (284) 494-2333 Caribbean, International Informal -- --
Verandah Restaurant (284) 494-2501 Caribbean Fine Dining 1.8 mi. SW
Le Grand Cafe (284) 494-8660 French Informal 2.0 mi. SW
Dockside Bar & Grille (284) 494-2771 American Very Casual 2.1 mi. SW
Rita's Restaurant (284) 494-6165 American, Caribbean Very Casual -- --
Happy Lion Restaurant (284) 494-2574 -- -- 2.1 mi. SW
French Deli (284) 494-4518 French -- 2.1 mi. SW
Calypso Cafe (284) 494-8158 Eclectic Informal -- --

Other Beaches

Cooten Bay is just one of many beaches you can visit on Tortola.

If you like the ambiance at this beach, you might also like Cane Garden Bay, found a short taxi ride away. Stunning views greet visitors from the road leading into Cane Garden Bay, where all forms of tourists and locals mix together in this eclectic community by the sea to enjoy one of the island's prettiest beaches. Others might prefer Rogues Bay, which could provide a little more opportunity for excitement, and isn't far from other tourist hot-spots. It's found a half mile to the west-northwest.

Vacationers may also want to visit Lambert Beach, located within a short distance.

Of course, there are lots of other things to do and see in the Virgin Islands; then again, visiting Cooten Bay or the other beautiful beaches in the area can make your time in the Virgin Islands even more memorable.


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