Josiah's Bay, a secluded area on the northern end of Tortola, offers an enjoyable beach spot with soft, white sand and moderate waters. Visitors are treated to an amazing view of Guana Island and a panorama of the bordering island extensions that enclose the bay. The area is easily accessible via a local road.
Located on the eastern coast of the island of Tortola, 2.5 miles northeast of downtown Road Town, You should consider stopping by even if you aren't staying in the vicinity. Couples and families who want to have more of the beach to themselves might want to plan a visit to Josiah's Bay.
Access to the beach area is provided by Ridge Road, with a parking area provided close to the beach. Visitors must descend down a hill to enter the beach, so only those physically able are encouraged to make the trip!
The bay is surrounded by beautiful, green hills and features tropical foliage. A good surfing location, Josiah's Bay has the perfect waves for an exciting time on the water. While the water is largely limited to experienced swimmers, the beach itself offers comfortable sand perfect for lounging or walking.
The concession stand at this spot is also an option. Depending on the season and time of day, you may also be able to buy some food from one of the mobile vendors who set up shop at the beach.
If you're not fond of dining in the sand, picnic tables can be found for you to eat on instead.
Unfortunately, you won't find any public restrooms along this coastline, which is something to consider if you plan to spend a full day in the sun. The water in the area is of good snorkeling quality, so purchase or rent some gear if you want to see what lies beneath the surface. This beach is well off the beaten path and often devoid of any people along its shores. Naomi's Grapetree Beach Bar is often home to this beaches' only inhabitants.
Travelers will find Josiah's Bay on the North East coast of Tortola. It's located near Josiah's Bay Plantation, which is one of the favorite local destinations.
Beaches and museums may seem an odd combination to some, but some visitors find that museums like VI Maritime Museum (located a mile and a half away) offer rare insight into Caribbean life and a whole new perspective of the Virgin Islands.
If you're looking for plenty of activities to keep you or your family busy, the beach is located near the attractions in the following table.
|Josiah's Bay Plantation||Historical Site||0.2 mi.||S||Tortola|
|VI Maritime Museum||Museum||1.7 mi.||SSE||Tortola|
|St. Phillip's Church||Historical Site||1.9 mi.||S||Tortola|
|1780 Lower Estate Sugar Works Museum||Museum||2.4 mi.||SW||Tortola|
|Britannic Hall||Historical Site||2.5 mi.||SW||Tortola|
|Sir Oliva Georges Plaza||Historical Site||2.5 mi.||SW||Tortola|
|Her Majesty's Prison||Historical Site||2.5 mi.||SW||Tortola|
|Sunny Caribbee Gallery||Art Gallery||2.5 mi.||SW||Tortola|
|Sunday Morning Well||Historical Site||2.6 mi.||SW||Tortola|
|Folk Museum||Museum||2.6 mi.||SW||Tortola|
|Scenic Trail||2.7 mi.||SW||Tortola|
Josiah's Bay is very close to Road Town, so exploring the city is a convenient option. Not far away you'll find Road Town, a city which is noted for its balance between seclusion and urbanization. From the beach, Road Town is a fairly short distance away, maybe two and a half miles (four kilometers).
The crowdedness of the shoreline can vary widely, depending on time of day, season, and how many people have booked nearby hotels. There are not many major hotels nearby, but it can appeal to guests staying at some of the area's smaller options.
Those looking for a room near Josiah's Bay shouldn't have a tough time, as there is no shortage of accommodations to choose from in the surrounding area. Find the closest, most convenient hotel booking options by perusing those shown in the table that follows.
|Lambert Beach Resort||0.7 mi.||ENE||Tortola||Resort|
|Treasure Isle Hotel||2.2 mi.||SW||Tortola||Hotel|
|Village Cay Resort & Marina||2.5 mi.||SW||Tortola||Hotel|
|Maria Hotel by the Sea||2.5 mi.||SW||Tortola||Hotel|
|Fort Burt Hotel||2.8 mi.||SW||Tortola||Hotel|
|Prospect Reef Resort||3.1 mi.||SW||Tortola||Resort|
|Beef Island Guest House||3.7 mi.||E||Beef Island||Guest house|
|Pusser's Marina Cay Resort||4.3 mi.||E||Marina Cay||Hotel|
|Scrub Island Resort and Spa||4.5 mi.||ENE||Scrub Island||Resort|
If someone in your group starts to get a little hungry at the beach, it's alright because there are lots of nearby options when it comes to dining. One of the closest restaurants is The Turtle Restaurant. This restaurant has Caribbean cuisine. You'll have the option of walking or taking a cab since it's just a little ways away.
Nearby dining options are listed in the following table.
|The Turtle Restaurant||(284) 495-2877||Caribbean||Very Casual||0.7 mi.||ENE|
|Mrs. Scatliffe's Restaurant||(284) 495-4556||Caribbean||Informal||1.1 mi.||WNW|
|Red Rock Restaurant & Bar||(284) 495-1646||International||Informal||2.0 mi.||E|
|CalaMaya||(284) 495-2126||Eclectic||Very Casual||2.0 mi.||SE|
|Pusser's East||(284) 495-1010||International||Very Casual||2.0 mi.||SE|
|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||2.2 mi.||SW|
|Brandywine Estate Restaurant||(284) 495-2301||Italian, Mediterranean||Fine Dining||2.2 mi.||S|
|Le Grand Cafe||(284) 494-8660||French||Informal||2.4 mi.||SW|
|Dockside Bar & Grille||(284) 494-2771||American||Very Casual||2.5 mi.||SW|
Visitors looking for a beach that's right for them on Tortola will have lots of options besides Josiah's Bay.
Travelers who like this beach might also enjoy Nanny Cay, located a brief car or taxi trip away. Others might prefer Cooten Bay, which could provide a little more opportunity for excitement, and is closer to additional things to do and see nearby. You'll find it a half mile to the west.
You may also enjoy Lambert Beach, which is located a half mile away.
Of course, there are lots of other things to do and see in the Virgin Islands; then again, taking a swim at Josiah's Bay is certainly a fun way to enjoy the area's natural attractions.
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