Brewers Bay Beach

Photo credit: © Chris Sanfino
 

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.

Situated on the island of Tortola, You should consider dropping by regardless of whether you are staying in the vicinity. Brewers Bay Beach is one part of the Virgin Islands' coast that is not an overly crowded, even though it's central to many of the area's urban amenities.

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.

Many visitors find themselves ordering a drink or snack from the concessions here, even if they move off-site for lunch. You may also have the option to buy food from one of the local vendors who typically set up at this spot.

Picnic tables are on-site——great for full-fledged lunches or afternoon snacks.

You will be able to use a public restroom at Brewers Bay Beach. You will find the water here is clear and good for snorkeling, so purchase or rent some gear if you want to see the underwater world. 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 region in which Brewers Bay Beach is located is is a much-visited area, which means you may find quite a few people vying for the use of the same facilities.

What's Nearby

Attractions

Travelers will find Brewers Bay Beach on the North West coast of Tortola. It is near some interesting sites like Callwood Historic Distillery, which is seen one and a quarter miles away, and it is one of a few attractions in the region.

Beaches and museums may seem an odd combination to some, but plenty of visitors find that museums like 1780 Lower Estate Sugar Works Museum (one of the closest to Brewers Bay Beach) offer a fun learning experience and a new way to experience the Virgin Islands' culture.

A selection of nearby activities will ensure that you never run out of ways to stay busy. The closest attractions are found in the following table.

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

The nearby town of Road Town is in an area with plenty of worthwhile sites, while still remaining less developed and congested as some other places. From the beach, Road Town is not far away, roughly two and a half miles (four kilometers).

Hotels

The number of other people sharing spots in the sand can vary widely, depending on time of day, season, and how many people have booked nearby hotels. There are not many major hotels nearby, but it's often visited by guests from some of the area's smaller options.

Since the beach is in a fairly touristed area, it is not usually very difficult to find just the right type of hotel nearby. If you're hoping to get a place that's near the ocean, the table below lists the accommodation options closest to Brewers Bay Beach.

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 someone in your group starts to get a little hungry at the beach, it's alright because you'll have a variety of choices within a few miles. One of the closest restaurants is Quito's Gazebo Bar & Restaurant. This restaurant features Caribbean food. They are also known for serving seafood. Some guests will choose to take a cab here, while others will want to walk since it's not far off the beach at all.

Restaurants closest to this beach are shown in the table below.

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

Tortola has several beautiful beaches, so if Brewers Bay Beach doesn't suit you, you can still find a great spot.

If you like the ambiance at this beach, you might also like Cane Garden Bay, situated just a short distance 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. More active guests, though, may be interested in Lormer Bay, which could provide more action, and is closer to additional things to do and see nearby. It's found one and a quarter miles to the east-northeast.

Another option worth considering is Long Bay West, which is located not a great distance away, so a short ride in a taxi can take you where you want to go. 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.

Perhaps Brewers Bay Beach is the most convenient coastline for you to visit, but some travelers itch to explore more; if so, there are other beaches and natural attractions in the Virgin Islands you might like.

 

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