Smuggler's Cove

Snorkeling and swimming are popular in the calm waters of Smuggler's Cove.

Positioned on the western edge of the island of Tortola, 0.3 miles north-northwest of West End, You should consider stopping by whether or not you are staying in the vicinity. Seclusion and privacy are the features which most exemplify the Virgin Islands' beaches, but Smuggler's Cove is a little different. You'll still find it has a calm, serene mood, but you can visit without having to be too far removed from the city's activity.

Amenities and Ambiance

Smuggler's Cove is a secluded beach on Tortola, but is easily accessible by car. The crescent-shaped beach has sugary white sand and the water is stunningly blue.

Lots of visitors here find that the on-site snack bar is just fine for lunch. On some days, it may be possible to try local specialties from one of the mobile vendors who typically set up on this shoreline.

Unfortunately, you won't find any public restrooms along this coastline, but you may be able to find facilities at a nearby business. You will find the water here is clear enough for snorkeling, so bring your equipment if you're looking to see what goes on beneath the surface. Secluded and quiet, visitors won't find big crowds on Smuggler's Cove.

You should remember that the area right around Smuggler's Cove is a bustling area, so factor that into your plans.

What's Nearby


Travelers will find Smuggler's Cove on the North coast of Tortola. It is near some interesting sites like Vigilant Sloop, which is among the attractions in the vicinity.

Beaches and museums may seem an unlikely combination to some, but plenty of visitors find that museums like North Shore Shell Museum (one of the closest to Smuggler's Cove) offer an entertaining diversion and a new way to experience the Virgin Islands' culture.

If you can't wait to see as many of the Virgin Islands' attractions as possible, the following table shows the closest options.

Activities and Attractions Near Smuggler's Cove
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Vigilant Sloop Historical Site 0.6 mi. S Frenchman's Cay
Belmont Archaeological Site Historical Site 1.0 mi. ENE Tortola
Fort Recovery Historical Site 1.7 mi. E Tortola
North Shore Shell Museum Museum 2.3 mi. NE Tortola
St. Michael Church Ruins Historical Site 2.5 mi. NE Tortola
John Lettsom House Historical Site 3.6 mi. NE Tortola
The Dungeon Historical Site 3.6 mi. E Tortola
Callwood Historic Distillery Historical Site 3.7 mi. NE Tortola
Thornton Plantation Historical Site 4.0 mi. E Tortola
Fort Charlotte Ruins Historical Site 5.5 mi. E Tortola
Sunday Morning Well Historical Site 5.6 mi. ENE Tortola
Historic Main Street Walk Scenic Trail 5.6 mi. ENE Tortola

Cities and Towns

Smuggler's Cove is very close to Coral Bay, so walking the city is a definite option. Coral Bay is the closest town to Smuggler's Cove. It is a fairly rural area, but it will be a pleasant day trip for guests who want to see more of the area. From the coast, Coral Bay is not far away, roughly three and a half miles (five and a half kilometers).


The mood here——social and lively, or virtually empty—— will depend on if you visit during a popular season, which is often indicated by how busy the hotels are. The area is not home to many major hotels, but it can attract guests staying at smaller accommodations in the area.

Since this beach is situated in a fairly popular vacation area, it is not typically very tough to find just the right kind of hotel close-by. If you are wanting to book a place that's near the ocean, the table that follows lists the options closest to Smuggler's Cove.

Accommodations near Smuggler's Cove
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Long Bay Beach Resort 0.8 mi. E Resort
Sebastian's on the Beach 1.3 mi. E Hotel
Sugar Mill Hotel 1.7 mi. ENE Hotel
Fort Recovery Beachfront Villas 1.7 mi. E Resort
Heritage Inn -- -- Hotel
Elm Beach Suites 3.7 mi. NE Hotel
Myett's -- -- Hotel
Agape Cottages 3.7 mi. NE Cottages
Rhymer's Beach Hotel 3.7 mi. NE Hotel
Quito's Ole Works Inn 3.7 mi. NE Hotel


It's no problem if you start to get the munchies while hanging out at Smuggler's Cove; you'll have many local dishes to choose from at nearby establishments. Soper's Hole is one of the closest eateries. When you start to get hungry, you won't need to wait too long to eat as it's not far off the beach at all.

Nearby restaurants are shown in the table below.

Restaurants near Smuggler's Cove
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Distance Direction Island
Soper's Hole (284) 494-0740 -- 0.4 mi. S Tortola
Pusser's Landing (284) 495-4554 American 0.6 mi. S Frenchman's Cay
Frenchman's Slipway Restaurant (284) 495-4684 French 0.6 mi. S Frenchman's Cay
The Clubhouse at Frenchmans (284) 494-8811 French 0.8 mi. SE Frenchman's Cay
(284) 495-4252 American, Caribbean, International 0.8 mi. E Tortola
Seaside Grill (284) 495-4212 Caribbean, Continental 1.3 mi. E Tortola
Sebastian's Beach Bar and Restaurant (284) 495-4988 International 1.3 mi. E Tortola
Islands Beach Restaurant (284) 495-4355 Caribbean 1.7 mi. ENE Tortola
Fort Recovery Restaurant (284) 541-0955 Eclectic 1.7 mi. E Tortola
Sugar Mill Restaurant (284) 495-4355 Caribbean, Eclectic 1.8 mi. ENE Tortola
Banana Keet Cafe (284) 494-5842 -- -- -- Tortola
Big Banana (284) 495-4606 Caribbean -- -- Tortola

Other Beaches

Vacationers looking for a beach that's right for them will have other options if Smuggler's Cove doesn't suit their tastes.

You might also enjoy Apple Bay, found only a short distance away. Home to the renowned Bomba's Shack, a popular surfer's bar on the island, Apple Bay is a popular destination for watersports lovers. But, if you're interested in a more active beach, Sandy Cay Beach may be just what you're looking for. It's located three miles to the north.

You might also want to visit Long Bay West, which is located three quarters of a mile away. Long Bay West is a beautiful beach with breathtaking views where travelers can relax in style. The views and sunsets are spectacular and there's plenty of room for sunning, walking, or jogging.

There are countless experiences to enjoy in the Virgin Islands, so visiting Smuggler's Cove is just one way you can enjoy a sunny afternoon.


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