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 should consider stopping by even if you aren't staying in the vicinity. This beach isn't just another pleasant afternoon distraction, it's special in that it's one of the few quiet beaches in the Virgin Islands. While Cooten Bay may be a little harder to reach, it permits unparalleled relaxation opportunities.

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.

Keep in mind that restrooms won't be found on-site, which is something to consider if you're bringing the kids, or plan to spend all day outside. The water here is clear enough for snorkeling, so bring your equipment if you're wanting to check out the underwater sites.

What's Nearby


This beach is positioned on the North East coast of Tortola. It is near some interesting sites like Josiah's Bay Plantation, which is one of a number of local attractions.

To some, beaches and museums may see like an unlikely combination, 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 whole new side of the Virgin Islands' history.

With the choice of exciting activities nearby, you'll never run out of ways to stay busy. The attractions closest to this beach are listed 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

Road Town is the closest town and is an interesting area that brings together the quietude of the Caribbean and the urbanization of city life. From the coast, Road Town is not far away, roughly two miles (three and a half kilometers).


Whether this spot is full of bodies or practically empty will depend on how many hotel guests decide to make the trip as well. You can generally expect to encounter a fair number of visitors from lodgings in the area.

Visitors looking for a place to stay close to Cooten Bay won't find it that difficult, as there are plenty of accommodations to pick from in the immediate vicinity. You'll find the closest and most convenient booking options by looking over what's shown below.

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


When you start craving an afternoon snack, the area near this beach provides some viable options, so you won't have to wander too far from these sands. One of the closest restaurants is Mrs. Scatliffe's Restaurant. This restaurant has a menu featuring Caribbean food. They are also famous for their seafood. You could take a cab or probably walk to this restaurant as it's not far off the beach at all.

A list of nearby restaurants is 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
Ginny's (284) 494-2333 American, Asian Very Casual -- --
Mariner Inn Restaurant (284) 494-2333 Caribbean, International Informal -- --
Charlie’s (284) 494-2333 Italian 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

Travelers searching for the perfect beach will have plenty of other choices on Tortola besides Cooten Bay.

Travelers who like this beach might also enjoy Cane Garden Bay, found 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 one and an eighth miles away.

There's plenty to see and do in the Virgin Islands, and dropping by Cooten Bay is just one way to appreciate a pretty afternoon.


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