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 eastern edge of the island of Tortola, 2.5 miles northeast of downtown Road Town, You might think about stopping by whether or not you are staying very close. There are plenty of advantages to visiting a beach that isn't overly lined with restaurants and beach bars; relatively untouched parts of the coast 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 located at this spot is perfect for quick lunches and cold drinks, too. Depending on the season and time of day, you may also be able to order some food from one of the mobile vendors who typically set up shop here.

Picnic tables are on-site——great for full-fledged lunches or afternoon snacks.

Please note that public restrooms are not available, so if you're visiting with small children you might want to consider a different location. You will find the water here is fit for snorkeling, so grab 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


Josiah's Bay is beautiful natural attraction, which you'll find on the North East coast of Tortola. It is near some interesting sites like Josiah's Bay Plantation, which is among the attractions close-by.

If you want to combine a cultural experience with your visit to the beach, you should plan a trip to VI Maritime Museum. This museum is located just a quick cab ride or walk away, giving you a chance to see, and learn about, even more of the area.

If you're looking for plenty of activities to keep you or your family busy, the following table shows the closest options.

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

The nearby town of Road Town is noted for its balance between seclusion and urbanization. From the beach, Road Town is not far away, about two and a half miles (four kilometers).


The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, it depends on several things: the season, the weather, even how many people have booked nearby hotels. This beach is not near many large hotels, but it's often visited by guests staying at some of the area's smaller options.

Beach-goers looking to find a place to stay near Josiah's Bay should find themselves in luck, as there are plenty of hotels to pick from in the surrounding area. You'll find the closest and most convenient lodging options by viewing what's listed below.

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


When lunchtime rolls around and you start getting hungry, this beach has many nearby restaurants, so there's no need to go too far from the shore. One of the nearest places to eat is The Turtle Restaurant. This restaurant offers a menu of Caribbean cuisine. You'll have the option of walking or taking a cab since it's only a short distance away.

The table below provides a list of nearby restaurant options.

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
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 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

There are multiple beaches to discover on Tortola, of course, so Josiah's Bay is just one of your options.

Travelers who like this beach might also enjoy Nanny Cay, located a quick car or cab ride away. On the other hand, Cooten Bay offers a few more possibilities for excitement, and isn't far from other tourist hot-spots. It's found a half mile to the west.

You may also want to consider Lambert Beach, located a half mile away.

Maybe Josiah's Bay is a perfect spot for you to kick back, and at the same time perhaps not the the ideal fit; if so, there are other beaches and natural attractions in the Virgin Islands you might like.


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