Smuggler's Cove

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

Located on the island of Tortola, 0.2 miles north of West End, You might think about stopping by whether or not you are staying in the immediate vicinity. Smuggler's Cove is one of those beautiful but fun beaches which rarely gets too crowded, but it's not totally void of people either.

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.

If you're suddenly hungry or thirsty, the concession stand at Smuggler's Cove is the ultimate convenience. Sometimes, visitors will be able to buy food from one of the mobile vendors who typically set up at this spot.

Unfortunately, public restrooms aren't available, so those of you traveling with small children may want to consider another spot. The water in the area is clear and good for snorkeling, so grab some gear if you're hoping to find some interesting marine life. Secluded and quiet, visitors won't find big crowds on Smuggler's Cove.

Since Smuggler's Cove is of course found in a relatively urbanized region, you'll want to plan accordingly.

What's Nearby


Smuggler's Cove is on the North coast of Tortola. Vigilant Sloop is one of a few local attractions.

If you're interested in combining culture 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.

If a visit to the Smuggler's Cove isn't enough to keep you busy all afternoon, this beach isn't far from any of the items in the following table.

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 in the Coral Bay area, so you can explore the city as part of your day at the beach. Cities near Smuggler's Cove include Coral Bay, which isn't a congested area, and it can be an interesting destination for guests looking to check out the local scene. From Smuggler's Cove, Coral Bay is not far away, about three and a half miles (five and a half kilometers).


How many other people you encounter at Smuggler's Cove will vary depending on the time of day, particularly in the high season when hotels overflow with tourists. There are not many major hotels nearby, but it's often visited by guests from the few small lodgings in the area.

Those looking for a hotel room close to the beach won't find it very tough, as there is no shortage of accommodations to pick from nearby. You'll find the closest and most convenient booking options by looking over those listed in the table that follows.

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 Gazebo 3.7 mi. NE Hotel


Because restaurants near the beach catch the freshest seafood and the balmiest breezes, don't miss your chance to dine at a nearby restaurant, where you'll be able to dive into the Virgin Islands' specialty dishes, within a reachable distance. One of the closest restaurants is Soper's Hole. 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 restaurant options are included in the following table.

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
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
Callwood's Restaurant & Bar -- American, Caribbean -- -- Tortola
Myett's Garden Grille (284) 495-9649 Caribbean, Eclectic 3.7 mi. NE Tortola

Other Beaches

Needless to say, there are other beaches on Tortola besides Smuggler's Cove worth visiting.

You might also enjoy Apple Bay, located 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. Others might prefer Sandy Cay Beach, which could provide a few more possibilities for excitement, and isn't far from other tourist hot-spots. You'll find it three miles to the north.

Travelers may also want to consider Long Bay West, located three quarters of a mile to the east-northeast. 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.

Smuggler's Cove could be the ideal stretch of sand, but it is possible that it may not be the best choice for your family; if so, there are other beaches and natural attractions in the Virgin Islands you might like.


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