Long Bay East

Photo credit: © Holger Nielsen
 

Located on the eastern half of Tortola and in close proximity to the international airport, Long Bay offers a quiet beach spot for the entire family. Calm, shallow waters make for excellent swimming, while sea shell collecting stands as one of the most popular activities on Long Bay East. As many tourists head to nearby Trellis Bay, the beach at Long Bay is relatively quiet.

Positioned on the western edge of Beef Island, You should think about stopping by whether or not you're staying nearby. The beaches in the Virgin Islands aren't usually known for their peace and quiet, but Long Bay East is less exposed than the others, which offers some middle ground to those who want to stay away from big crowds, but still get the most out of their beach visit.

How to Access The Beach

Visitors must cross Queen Elizabeth Bridge, into Beef Island, to get there. Continuing on Waterfront Drive, drivers should turn off shortly before the Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport, where a local road will connect directly with the beach.

Amenities and Ambiance

Long Bay East is a long stretch of pristine white sand on the eastern tip of the island. Dramatic green hills and the turquoise blue waters decorate the view from the beach, while the soft sand is perfect for sunbathing.

Lots of visitors here find that the on-site snack bar is just fine for lunch. On some days, it may be possible to order lunch from one of the mobile vendors who are typically found at this location.

Please note that public restrooms are not available, which is something to consider if you plan to spend a full day in the sun. The water here is fit for snorkeling, so bring your equipment if you're looking to see some exciting marine life. Since it is so secluded, Long Bay East is a quiet place to relax, without crowds.

What's Nearby

Attractions

Long Bay East is always a lovely side-trip when you're in the area. Look for it on the West coast of Beef Island; it will be near other attractions like VI Maritime Museum, which is two and a half miles away.

Historical attractions such as Josiah's Bay Plantation provide a nice compliment to a soothing day at Long Bay East, and provide beachgoers with the opportunity to learn about the Virgin Islands' past, without having to go too far from the beach.

The beach is one type of attraction you can visit, but there's even more to see during your stay. The following chart includes some other attractions close-by.

Activities and Attractions Near Long Bay East
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
VI Maritime Museum Museum 2.6 SW Tortola
Josiah's Bay Plantation Historical Site 2.7 W Tortola
St. Phillip's Church Historical Site 3.7 WSW Tortola
Her Majesty's Prison Historical Site 4.9 WSW Tortola
Britannic Hall Historical Site 4.9 WSW Tortola

Cities and Towns

Road Town is nearby and is not lacking in exploration opportunities, yet also not overflowing with buildings. From the shore, Road Town is just up the road, maybe five miles (eight kilometers).

Hotels

The number of other people sharing spots in the sand can vary widely, it depends on many factors: the time of sundown, happy hour, even how many people have booked rooms nearby. There aren't many large hotels in the immediate vicinity, but it's often visited by guests staying at the few small lodgings in the area.

Because this beach is situated in a fairly popular vacation spot, it shouldn't be a great challenge to find just the right type of hotel nearby. If you and your party are wanting to book a place that's near the water, the table that follows lists the closest accommodation options to Long Bay East.

Accommodations near Long Bay East
Hotel Distance Direction Island Type
Beef Island Guest House 0.9 mi. E Beef Island Guest house
Pusser's Marina Cay Resort 1.7 mi. NE Marina Cay Hotel
Scrub Island Resort and Spa 2.1 mi. NE Scrub Island Resort
Lambert Beach Resort 2.2 mi. W Tortola Resort
Mooring-Mariner Inn -- -- Tortola Hotel
Treasure Isle Hotel 4.8 mi. W Tortola Hotel
Maria Hotel by the Sea 4.9 mi. WSW Tortola Hotel
Village Cay Resort & Marina 4.9 mi. WSW Tortola Hotel
Fort Burt Hotel 5.0 mi. WSW Tortola Hotel
Prospect Reef Resort 5.2 mi. WSW Tortola Resort

Food

Even after a restful afternoon at the beach, the day isn't truly complete until you visit a nearby restaurant, where you'll be able to try foods you've never heard of before, without having to stray too far. One of the nearest places to eat is Flying Iguana. The restaurant offers both Caribbean and International cuisines.

The following table provides a list of dining options located near this beach.

Restaurants near Long Bay East
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Distance Direction Island
Flying Iguana (284) 495-5277 Caribbean, International 0.7 mi. E Beef Island
Last Resort Restaurant The (284) 495-2520 -- -- -- Beef Island
Loose Mongoose Restaurant (284) 495-2303 -- -- -- Beef Island
Red Rock Restaurant & Bar (284) 495-1646 International 1.0 mi. WSW Tortola
Pusser's Marina Cay (284) 495-4554 American 1.7 mi. NE Marina Cay
CalaMaya (284) 495-2126 Eclectic 2.1 mi. SW Tortola
Pusser's East (284) 495-1010 International 2.1 mi. SW Tortola
The Turtle Restaurant (284) 495-2877 Caribbean 2.2 mi. W Tortola
Brandywine Estate Restaurant (284) 495-2301 Italian, Mediterranean 3.2 mi. SW Tortola
Mrs. Scatliffe's Restaurant (284) 495-4556 Caribbean 3.8 mi. W Tortola
Charlie’s (284) 494-2333 Italian -- -- Tortola
Ginny's (284) 494-2333 American, Asian -- -- Tortola

Other Beaches

Beef Island has many nice beaches, so if Long Bay East doesn't suit you, you can still find a great spot.

Travelers who like this beach might also enjoy Nanny Cay, situated six and a half miles to the west-southwest. Still, if you're searching for something a little more active, you might like Little Buck Island. It's found a mile and a half to the south west.

Vacationers may also want to visit Trellis Bay, which is located only a short distance away.

Maybe Long Bay East is a perfect spot for you to kick back, and at the same time perhaps not the the ideal fit; in which case there are other beaches (and other outdoor attractions) worth trying.

 

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