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.

Set near the heart of the island of Tortola, Cooten Bay is on the North East coast of the island, You should consider dropping by even if you aren't staying very close. Cooten Bay is a distinguishable relaxation spot because it's one of the best spots for escaping the hustle of the Virgin Islands' urban areas. Other nearby beaches in the Virgin Islands may provide just as many amenities as Cooten Bay, but are usually busier because they're right around the corner from the area's major hotels and resorts.

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, so those of you traveling with small children may want to consider another spot. You will find the water here is clear enough for snorkeling, so bring along some equipment if you want to see the underwater world.

What's Nearby


Cooten Bay is always a lovely side-trip when you're in the area. Look for it on the North East coast of Tortola; the area is home to other attractions such as Josiah's Bay Plantation, which is one of the most conveniently accessible attractions.

Beaches and museums may seem an unlikely combination to some, but plenty of visitors find that museums like 1780 Lower Estate Sugar Works Museum (one of the closest to Cooten Bay) offer rare insight into Caribbean life and a new way to experience the Virgin Islands' culture.

Beaches are a great attraction to visit, but there will be more options available in the Virgin Islands. The following chart includes some other attractions close-by.

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 very close to Road Town, so you can explore the city after your visit to the beach. Road Town is the closest city and is an interesting area that brings together the quietude of the Caribbean and the urbanization of city life. From Cooten Bay, Road Town isn't far off, maybe two miles (three and a half kilometers).


Whether or not you encounter a lot of other visitors will depend on many factors, including the capacity of nearby hotels. You can typically expect to encounter a fair number of travelers staying at the closest accommodations.

Vacationers seeking a hotel room not far from the beach shouldn't have a tough time, as there are lots of accommodations to choose from in the area. You'll find the closest and most convenient booking options by perusing those shown in the table that follows.

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 Ole Works Inn 4.1 mi. WSW Tortola Hotel
Rhymer's Beach Hotel 4.1 mi. WSW Tortola Hotel


When you get hungry for an afternoon snack, the area near this beach provides some viable options, so there's no need to go too far from the shore. One of the closest restaurants is Mrs. Scatliffe's Restaurant. This restaurant serves delicious Caribbean cuisine. They also specialize in seafood. When you start to get hungry, you won't need to wait too long to eat as it's just a short distance away.

Restaurants closest to this beach are shown 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
Village Cay Restaurant (284) 494-2771 International 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

Other Beaches

Vacationers looking for a beach that's right for them will have plenty of other choices on Tortola besides Cooten Bay.

Travelers who like this beach might also enjoy Cane Garden Bay, located a quick car or cab 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. If you're on the lookout for more active and social, you might find that Rogues Bay is just right. You'll find it a half mile to the west-northwest.

You may also want to consider Lambert Beach, located within a short distance.

Perhaps Cooten Bay is the most convenient coastline for you to visit, but some travelers itch to explore more; in which case there are other beaches (and other outdoor attractions) worth trying.


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