Brewers Bay Beach

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Brewer's Bay, located on the northern coast of Tortola. If features an extraordinary stretch of light golden sand, with an incredible backdrop of dramatic green hills which overlook the beach. Unlike the beach with a similar name on St. Thomas, it's located in a secluded spot, and getting there can be an adventure. But, if you survive the steep descents and sharp turns, you'll be rewarded with a place of great beauty and quiet; in fact, you are likely to be the only ones visiting at the time. The beach offers prime snorkeling and radiant sunsets that should not be missed.

Set on the island of Tortola, You should think about stopping by even if you aren't staying in the immediate vicinity. The beaches in the Virgin Islands aren't usually known for their peace and quiet, but Brewers Bay Beach is a little bit further from the crowds, making it a good pick for those of you who want to stay away from big crowds, but still get the most out of their beach visit.

How to Access The Beach
Access to the area is more difficult than other locations on the island, as it requires a steep descent with numerous sharp turns. Only cars with four-wheel drive are encouraged to attempt the drive, while walkers should be in good physical condition.

Amenities and Ambiance

Brewer's Bay, a soft sand beach with protected waters, attracts nature lovers who camp nearby, and is a great spot for snorkeling and surfing the waters. Martin Point to the west and Anderson Point to the east enclose the area, framing the incredible turquoise bay for guests. The water is shallow thanks to the bordering points and are perfect for swimming and snorkeling.

The concession stand on-site could come in handy, even if you plan to have lunch elsewhere. You might also have the option to order some food from one of the local vendors who operate at or near this spot.

Those who wish to eat lunch here will enjoy having access to picnic tables.

Restrooms are available at Brewers Bay Beach. The water here is clear and good for snorkeling, so grab your equipment if you're wanting to check out the underwater sites. High season opens its doors to cruise ships that dock along the shore at Brewers Bay and drop off lots of tourists, but at other times the atmosphere is casual with a nice mix of tourists and locals.

Bear in mind that the area surrounding Brewers Bay Beach is a bustling area, which means the availability of certain facilities is likely to be affected.

What's Nearby

Attractions

Brewers Bay Beach is on the North West coast of Tortola; it's located near attractions like Callwood Historic Distillery, which is only a short distance away, so some will want to take a cab, while others will find it a nice walk.

Some may feel that museums and beaches are an odd combination, but many travelers find that museums like 1780 Lower Estate Sugar Works Museum (one of the closest to Brewers Bay Beach) offer a fun learning experience and help share a different side of the Virgin Islands.

There are options for close-by activities so you won't run out of things to do. The following table contains a list of the closest attractions.

Activities and Attractions Near Brewers Bay Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Callwood Historic Distillery Historical Site 1.3 mi. SSW Tortola
John Lettsom House Historical Site 1.4 mi. SW Tortola
Sunday Morning Well Historical Site 2.0 mi. SE Tortola
1780 Lower Estate Sugar Works Museum Museum 2.1 mi. SE Tortola
Historic Main Street Walk Scenic Trail 2.2 mi. SE Tortola
Sunny Caribbee Gallery Art Gallery 2.4 mi. SE Tortola
Britannic Hall Historical Site 2.4 mi. SE Tortola
Sir Oliva Georges Plaza Historical Site 2.4 mi. SE Tortola
Folk Museum Museum 2.5 mi. SE Tortola
Her Majesty's Prison Historical Site 2.5 mi. SE Tortola
Eugene O'Neal Museum Museum 2.5 mi. SE Tortola
St. Michael Church Ruins Historical Site 2.5 mi. SW Tortola

Cities and Towns

Brewers Bay Beach is close to Road Town, so a trip into the city is a definite option. Nearby, you'll find the city of Road Town, which is not an overly urbanized area, but still has its fair share of things to do. From the coast, Road Town is a quick trip away, maybe two and a half miles (four kilometers).

Hotels

The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, it depends on several things: the season, the weather, even how full nearby hotel rooms are. There aren't many major hotels nearby, but you may see guests staying at smaller accommodations in the area.

Travelers seeking a hotel room close to Brewers Bay Beach won't have a difficult time, as there are lots of resorts and hotels to choose from nearby. You'll find the closest, most convenient lodging options by looking over what's shown in the table that follows.

Accommodations near Brewers Bay Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Island Type
Quito's Gazebo 1.2 mi. SW Tortola Hotel
Rhymer's Beach Hotel 1.3 mi. SSW Tortola Hotel
Elm Beach Suites 1.3 mi. SSW Tortola Hotel
Myett's -- -- Tortola Hotel
Agape Cottages 1.3 mi. SSW Tortola Cottages
Heritage Inn -- -- Tortola Hotel
Treasure Isle Hotel 2.2 mi. ESE Tortola Hotel
Village Cay Resort & Marina 2.4 mi. SE Tortola Hotel
Mooring-Mariner Inn -- -- Tortola Hotel
Maria Hotel by the Sea 2.5 mi. SE Tortola Hotel

Food

If you're feeling hungry for a midday meal, this beach has you covered, so you won't have to wander too far from the shore. One of the nearest restaurants is Quito's Gazebo Bar & Restaurant. The restaurant serves delicious Caribbean food. They are also famous for their seafood. You and your group can get to this restaurant and start eating in just a few minutes since it's just a little ways away.

The table below provides a list of dining options near this beach.

Restaurants near Brewers Bay Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Quito's Gazebo Bar & Restaurant (284) 495-4837 Caribbean Very Casual 1.1 mi. SW
Rhymer's Beach Hotel Restaurant (284) 495-4639 Caribbean Very Casual 1.3 mi. SSW
Elm Beach Bar -- Caribbean Very Casual 1.3 mi. SSW
Myett's Garden Grille (284) 495-9649 Caribbean, Eclectic Informal 1.3 mi. SSW
Big Banana (284) 495-4606 Caribbean Very Casual -- --
Callwood's Restaurant & Bar -- American, Caribbean Very Casual -- --
The Village Cafe and Restaurant (284) 495-5544 Caribbean Informal 1.5 mi. SE
Happy Lion Restaurant (284) 494-2574 -- -- 2.0 mi. SE
Le Grand Cafe (284) 494-8660 French Informal 2.2 mi. SE
Virgin Queen (284) 494-2310 Caribbean, Eclectic, English Informal 2.2 mi. SE
Verandah Restaurant (284) 494-2501 Caribbean Fine Dining 2.2 mi. ESE
Rita's Restaurant (284) 494-6165 American, Caribbean Very Casual -- --

Other Beaches

Brewers Bay Beach isn't the only beach worth checking out on Tortola.

Another location you might enjoy is Cane Garden Bay, located just a little ways away. Stunning views greet visitors from the road leading into Cane Garden Bay, where all forms of tourists and locals mix together in this eclectic community by the sea to enjoy one of the island's prettiest beaches. Still, if you're searching for something a little more active, Lormer Bay may be just what you're looking for. It's found one and a quarter miles to the east-northeast.

You might also want to visit Long Bay West, located four and a half miles 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, and Brewers Bay Beach is just one of the many options.

 

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