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 stopping by whether or not you're staying nearby. It's often said that Manchioneel Bay is perfect for escaping the hustle of the Virgin Islands' urban areas. Many of the other beaches in the Virgin Islands may be just as beautiful, but tend to be busier because they border some of the area's most popular resorts.

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

Even if you plan to dine elsewhere, the snack bar on-site could come in handy.

Please note that public restrooms are not available, so if you're visiting with small children you might want to consider a different location. Fortunately, the water here is fit for snorkeling, so bring along some equipment if you want to do some underwater exploration.

What's Nearby

Attractions

You'll find this beach on the North West coast of Cooper Island; the area is home to other attractions such as VI Maritime Museum, which is five miles to the northwest.

If you're intrigued by the Virgin Islands' history, many sites offer unique historical perspectives on the area. One of the nearest historical attractions is St. Phillip's Church, which is one of the closest places of historical significance near Manchioneel Bay.

Being able to choose from some activities besides the beach will ensure you won't run low on things to do. The following table contains a list of the closest attractions.

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 you can explore the city after your visit to the beach. The closest town is Spanish Town, which is an interesting area that brings together the quietude of the Caribbean and the urbanization of city life. From the beach, Spanish Town isn't out of reach at seven miles (11 kilometers) away.

Hotels

Whether this spot is full of bodies or practically empty will vary depending on the time of day, particularly in the high season when hotels overflow with tourists. There aren't many major hotels in the immediate vicinity, but it can appeal to guests from some of the area's smaller options.

You'll find a good amount of hotel rooms within a car's reach. Some of the closest options can be viewed in the following list.

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 a variety of choices within a few miles. One of the nearest places to eat is Cooper Island Beach Club Restaurant. This restaurant serves delicious Caribbean food. They have become well-known, however, because of their seafood and steak. You'll have the option of walking or taking a cab since it's just a little ways away.

The table below provides a list of restaurants closest to this beach.

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

Visitors searching for the perfect beach will have plenty of other choices on Cooper Island besides Manchioneel Bay.

Another location you may want to try is Trellis Bay, which is located four and a half miles to the north-northwest.

Perhaps Manchioneel Bay is the most convenient coastline for you to visit, but some travelers itch to explore more; if so, the Virgin Islands offers a variety of beaches for travelers who wish to try elsewhere.

 

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