Long Bay West is located on the British Virgin Island's most populated island and offers a mile-long beach area composed of soft, white sand. The water is calm to moderate, making it perfect for an exciting swim or a surf at high tide. Palm trees and small villas dot the entrance to the beach.
Located in Long Bay, 0.7 miles northeast of West End, Long Bay West is on the South West edge of Tortola. You might want even if you aren't staying in the vicinity. Perhaps Long Bay West is a favorite among travelers because it's a beach that doesn't usually get packed with beachgoers, but it's still a popular and generally active spot.
Long Bay West is accessible by Long Bay Road and is open to the public, although the Long Bay Beach Resort sits on one side of it. Parking is roughly 30 feet from the beach, making it friendly to drivers and locals alike. Drivers need simply follow the major northern coastal road. A ferry terminal is provided on the southern side of the island.
The sandy white beach is one mile long and bordered by coconut palms and seagrape trees. The surf, which comes in from the Atlantic, is moderate. Hills offer an amazing backdrop.
The concession stand on-site could come in handy, even if you plan to have lunch elsewhere. If available, you could also try local specialties from one of the mobile vendors who are generally found here.
Unfortunately, public restrooms aren't available, so those of you traveling with small children may want to consider another spot. Since the Long Bay Beach Resort is located on part of Long Bay West, vacationers at the hotel spread out along the beach.
Be mindful that Long Bay West is in an area which is a bustling area, so show up early.
This beach is positioned on the South West coast of Tortola. It is near Belmont Archaeological Site, which is one of a few attractions close-by.
If you want to combine a cultural experience with your visit to the beach, you should plan a trip to North Shore Shell Museum, one of the closest museums, so it could be a welcomed alternative to hot afternoon activities.
The beach is one type of attraction you can visit, but there's even more to see during your stay. The following table includes the closest attractions.
|Belmont Archaeological Site||Historical Site||0.3 mi.||E||Tortola|
|Vigilant Sloop||Historical Site||1.0 mi.||SW||Frenchman's Cay|
|Fort Recovery||Historical Site||1.3 mi.||SE||Tortola|
|North Shore Shell Museum||Museum||1.6 mi.||NE||Tortola|
|St. Michael Church Ruins||Historical Site||1.8 mi.||NE||Tortola|
|John Lettsom House||Historical Site||2.9 mi.||NE||Tortola|
|The Dungeon||Historical Site||3.0 mi.||E||Tortola|
|Callwood Historic Distillery||Historical Site||3.0 mi.||NE||Tortola|
|Thornton Plantation||Historical Site||3.4 mi.||E||Tortola|
|Fort Charlotte Ruins||Historical Site||4.8 mi.||E||Tortola|
|Sunday Morning Well||Historical Site||4.9 mi.||ENE||Tortola|
|Scenic Trail||4.9 mi.||ENE||Tortola|
Coral Bay is the closest city to Long Bay West. It is not heavily urbanized, though it will be a nice day out for visitors hoping to get a taste of the local scene. From the shore, Coral Bay is not far away, roughly four miles (six kilometers).
The crowdedness of the shoreline can vary widely, depending on when you visit, and how packed the nearby hotels are. The area does not have very many large hotels, but it can appeal to guests staying at smaller accommodations in the area.
Because this beach is in a pretty popular tourist destination, it shouldn't be that difficult to find a hotel close-by that suits you tastes. If you're hoping to book a place that's on or near the beach, the following table shows the closest options to Long Bay West.
|Long Bay Beach Resort||0.2 mi.||ESE||Resort|
|Sebastian's on the Beach||0.6 mi.||E||Hotel|
|Sugar Mill Hotel||1.0 mi.||E||Hotel|
|Fort Recovery Beachfront Villas||1.3 mi.||SE||Resort|
|Agape Cottages||3.0 mi.||NE||Cottages|
|Rhymer's Beach Hotel||3.1 mi.||NE||Hotel|
|Quito's Ole Works Inn||3.1 mi.||NE||Hotel|
One of the best ways to round off a laid-back trek to the beach is to visit an area restaurant, where you'll be able to sample regional favorites, without going too far from the coast. One of the closest places to eat is . This restaurant serves both American and Caribbean cuisines. You could take a cab or probably walk to this restaurant as it's not far off the beach at all.
The following table lists nearby dining options.
|(284) 495-4252||American, Caribbean, International||0.2 mi.||ESE||Tortola|
|Seaside Grill||(284) 495-4212||Caribbean, Continental||0.6 mi.||E||Tortola|
|Sebastian's Beach Bar and Restaurant||(284) 495-4988||International||0.6 mi.||E||Tortola|
|The Clubhouse at Frenchmans||(284) 494-8811||French||0.9 mi.||S||Frenchman's Cay|
|(284) 494-0740||--||1.0 mi.||SW||Tortola|
|Islands Beach Restaurant||(284) 495-4355||Caribbean||1.0 mi.||E||Tortola|
|Sugar Mill Restaurant||(284) 495-4355||Caribbean, Eclectic||1.1 mi.||ENE||Tortola|
|Pusser's Landing||(284) 495-4554||American||1.1 mi.||SW||Frenchman's Cay|
|(284) 495-4684||French||1.2 mi.||SW||Frenchman's Cay|
|Fort Recovery Restaurant||(284) 541-0955||Eclectic||1.3 mi.||SE||Tortola|
|Big Banana||(284) 495-4606||Caribbean||--||--||Tortola|
Travelers in search of the perfect beach will have lots of choices besides Long Bay West.
Vacationers may also want to visit Great Harbour Beach, located five miles to the northwest.
Maybe Long Bay West 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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