Manchioneel Bay

A long, sweeping crescent shaped beach that's very popular with boaters, you'll enjoy taking walks down to the rocky edges of the beach in the warm Caribbean sun.

Located on Cooper Island, Manchioneel Bay is on the North West coast of the island, You should consider dropping by whether or not you are staying particularly close by. The Virgin Islands' beaches are hardly known for being secluded, however, Manchioneel Bay is tamer than most, which makes it an excellent attraction for those of you who'd prefer to stay out of the busiest areas.

How to Access The Beach

Unless you're already on Cooper Island, you'll have to charter a boat to get there.

Amenities and Ambiance

There is also a snack bar here.

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. Fortunately, the water here is fit for snorkeling, so bring along some gear if you're looking to see some exciting marine life.

What's Nearby

Attractions

Visitors will find this beach on the North West coast of Cooper Island. It is near some interesting sites like VI Maritime Museum, which is situated five miles away, and it is one of the favorite destinations in the area.

Historical attractions like St. Phillip's Church offer a nice compliment to the scenery of Manchioneel Bay, and allow visitors to learn more about the Virgin Islands, without having to go too far from the beach.

Being able to choose from some activities besides the beach will ensure you won't run out of things to do. The attractions closest to this beach are listed in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Manchioneel Bay
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
VI Maritime Museum Museum 5.0 NW Tortola
St. Phillip's Church Historical Site 5.8 WNW Tortola
Josiah's Bay Plantation Historical Site 6.3 NW Tortola
Old Government House Museum Museum 7.2 W Tortola
Her Majesty's Prison Historical Site 7.3 WNW Tortola

Cities and Towns

Manchioneel Bay is very close to Spanish Town, so touring the city could be a fun side-trip after visiting the beach. Not far away you'll find Spanish Town, a city which is an interesting area that brings together the quietude of the Caribbean and the urbanization of city life. From the beach, Spanish Town is found maybe seven miles (11 kilometers) away.

Hotels

The crowdedness of the shoreline can vary widely, depending on everything from the time the sun sets to how full nearby hotel rooms are. The area is not home to many major hotels, but you may see visitors from the few small lodgings in the area.

You'll find a decent selection of lodgings within driving distance. Some of the closest possibilities are displayed in the table below.

Accommodations near Manchioneel Bay
Hotel Distance Direction Island Type
Beef Island Guest House 4.3 NNW Beef Island Guest house
Pusser's Marina Cay Resort 5.2 N Marina Cay Hotel
Scrub Island Resort and Spa 5.7 N Scrub Island Resort

Food

Don't worry if your stomach starts rumbling while sunbathing at Manchioneel Bay; you'll have plenty of places to dine, without having to go too far. Cooper Island Beach Club Restaurant is one of the closest eateries. This restaurant offers a menu of Caribbean food. They are also known for their seafood and steak. You could take a cab or probably walk to this restaurant since it's just a little ways away.

The following table provides a list of nearby restaurants.

Restaurants near Manchioneel Bay
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Distance Direction Island
Cooper Island Beach Club Restaurant (284) 495-9084 Caribbean 0.1 mi. SE Cooper Island
Last Resort Restaurant The (284) 495-2520 -- -- -- Beef Island
Loose Mongoose Restaurant (284) 495-2303 -- -- -- Beef Island
Deadman's Beach Bar & Grill (284) 495-2000 Caribbean, Continental, Fusion 4.4 mi. WSW Peter Island
Tradewinds Restaurant (284) 495-2000 Caribbean 4.5 mi. WSW Peter Island
Pusser's East (284) 495-1010 International 4.5 mi. NW Tortola
CalaMaya (284) 495-2126 Eclectic 4.5 mi. NW Tortola
Flying Iguana (284) 495-5277 Caribbean, International 4.5 mi. NNW Beef Island
Red Rock Restaurant & Bar (284) 495-1646 International 4.9 mi. NW Tortola
Brandywine Estate Restaurant (284) 495-2301 Italian, Mediterranean 5.0 mi. WNW Tortola

Other Beaches

Of course, Manchioneel Bay is just one of many beaches you might like on Cooper Island.

Another sun-drenched spot to consider is Trellis Bay, located four and a half miles to the north-northwest.

You may find that Manchioneel Bay is a great fit for your vacation, but maybe you want to see more; if so, the Virgin Islands offers a variety of beaches for travelers who wish to try elsewhere.

 

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