Josiah's Bay

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 island of Tortola, 2.5 miles northeast of downtown Road Town, You might want to drop by regardless of whether you are staying very close. There are advantages to visiting a beach that isn't overly lined with restaurants and beach bars; the lovely, less-traveled shores of beaches like Josiah's Bay are perfect when you need a break from the typical tourist scene.

How to Access The Beach
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!

Amenities and Ambiance

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 snack bar here is the ultimate convenience if you need a cold drink, or something to hold you over until dinner. You may also have the option to buy food from one of the mobile vendors who typically operate along this coastline.

Vacationers will love the convenience of having picnic facilities accessible for use.

Unfortunately, you won't find any public restrooms along this coastline, 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 purchase or rent some equipment if you are looking to do some underwater exploration. 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.

What's Nearby


Visitors will find this beach 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 closest attractions to visit.

If you want to combine a little culture with your trip to the beach, you might want to consider visiting VI Maritime Museum. This museum is located a mile and a half to the south-southeast, giving beachgoers the chance to escape that hot midday sunshine.

If your taste for travel keeps you looking for new activity and attraction options, the beach is located near the attractions in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Josiah's Bay
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
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
Eugene O'Neal Museum Museum 2.7 mi. SW Tortola
Historic Main Street Walk Scenic Trail 2.7 mi. SW Tortola

Cities and Towns

Josiah's Bay is very close to Road Town, so you can explore the city as part of your day at the beach. Nearby, you'll find the city of Road Town, which is a neat region that strikes a balance between island tranquility and urbanization. From the coast, Road Town is just up the road, roughly two and a half miles (four kilometers).


The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, depending on when you visit, and how full nearby hotel rooms are. Josiah's Bay is not near very many major hotels, but you may encounter guests staying at some of the area's smaller options.

Because this beach is in a fairly popular vacation destination, it shouldn't be much of a challenge to find the type of hotel you're looking for nearby. For visitors looking to get a place that's on or near the water, the table below lists the closest accommodation options to Josiah's Bay.

Accommodations near Josiah's Bay
Hotel Distance Direction Island Type
Lambert Beach Resort 0.7 mi. ENE Tortola Resort
Mooring-Mariner Inn -- -- Tortola Hotel
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 you need to grab a bite to eat around midday, the area near this beach provides some viable options, and you don't have to go far from these sands. One of the closest places to eat is The Turtle Restaurant. The restaurant has a menu featuring Caribbean food. When you start to get hungry, you won't need to wait too long to eat as it's just a little ways away.

The following table lists nearby restaurants.

Restaurants near Josiah's Bay
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
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 -- --
Charlie’s (284) 494-2333 Italian 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

Other Beaches

Tortola has many beaches, so if Josiah's Bay doesn't suit you, you can still find a great spot.

You might also enjoy Nanny Cay, situated a short taxi ride away. If you're looking for a more active beach scene, you might find that Cooten Bay is just right. You'll find it a half mile to the west.

Another sun-drenched spot to consider is Lambert Beach, which is located only a short distance away.

The Virgin Islands has so much to offer, and dropping by Josiah's Bay is just one way to appreciate a pretty afternoon.


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