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.
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.
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.
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.
|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|
|Scenic Trail||2.3 mi.||SW||Tortola|
|Folk Museum||Museum||2.3 mi.||SW||Tortola|
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.
|Lambert Beach Resort||1.2 mi.||E||Tortola||Resort|
|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.
|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||--||--|
|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||--||--|
|(284) 494-2574||--||--||2.1 mi.||SW|
|(284) 494-4518||French||--||2.1 mi.||SW|
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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