Big Trunk Bay

Big Trunk Bay offers guests a secluded beach experience on the western coast of Virgin Gorda. Surrounded by a private estate, large rocks, and a palm grove, the area is quiet and retains the tropical beauty that is lost in more developed areas.

Set on the island of Virgin Gorda, You might want to drop by regardless of whether you are staying in the immediate vicinity. Peace and quiet is what you'll find at the majority of the Virgin Islands' beaches, but at Big Trunk Bay, you'll find the same sense of serenity, without having to be too far removed from the city's activity.

How to Access The Beach
The beach is accessible via a small path off of Ridge Road or by anchoring in the bay.

Amenities and Ambiance

Trunk Bay is nestled in seclusion on Virgin Gorda's western shore. The beach can only be reached by boat or by hiking through the gully stream off of Ridge Road. White sands and blue waters greet visitors at this extremely deserted beach that is perfect for adventurous travelers.

The snack bar located at this spot is perfect for quick lunches and cold drinks, too. On some days, it may be possible to buy some food from one of the mobile vendors who typically set up on this shoreline.

Unfortunately, public restrooms aren't available, but you may be able to find facilities at a nearby business. You are the only human element at Trunk Bay, the ultimate in seclusion.

What's Nearby


This pleasant stretch of sand known as Big Trunk Bay is on the South West coast of Virgin Gorda; the area is home to other attractions such as Little Fort Ruins, which is one of the closest attractions.

Being able to choose from some activities besides the beach will ensure you won't run out of ways to stay busy. The attractions nearest to this beach are listed in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Big Trunk Bay
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Little Fort Ruins Historical Site 0.7 mi. NE Virgin Gorda
Copper Mine National Park Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 1.1 mi. E Virgin Gorda
Copper Mine Ruins Historical Site 1.1 mi. E Virgin Gorda
Old Methodist Church Historical Site 1.2 mi. NE Virgin Gorda

Cities and Towns

The nearby town of Spanish Town is not an overly urbanized area, but still has its fair share of things to do. From Big Trunk Bay, Spanish Town is a fairly short distance away, roughly a mile (a kilometer and a half).


Whether or not you encounter many other people will depend on many factors, including the capacity of nearby hotels. This beach is not near many large hotels, but it can attract visitors from some of the area's smaller options.

You'll find a decent amount of lodgings within a car's reach. Some of the closest choices have been displayed in the following list.

Accommodations near Big Trunk Bay
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Fischer's Cove Beach Hotel 0.6 NNE Hotel
The Wheelhouse 1.3 NE Hotel
Virgin Gorda Village Hotel 1.5 NE Hotel


If you're looking for a place to eat after, or even during, your visit to the beach, you'll have plenty of places to dine, without having to go too far. Sugar Apple is one of the closest eateries. The restaurant offers a menu of Caribbean food.

The following table lists nearby restaurants.

Restaurants near Big Trunk Bay
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Sugar Apple -- Caribbean Very Casual -- --
CocoMaya Restaurant (284) 495-6344 Asian Fusion, Latin American Informal 0.5 mi. NNE
Coconut Junction (284) 499-6357 Caribbean, Vegetarian Very Casual 0.6 mi. NE
The Reef Restaurant (284) 495-5252 Caribbean Informal 0.6 mi. NNE
Top of the Baths (284) 495-5497 Caribbean, Eclectic, International Very Casual -- --
Chez Bamboo (284) 495-5752 Asian, Cajun, International Informal -- --
Bath & Turtle Restaurant -- International, Vegetarian Very Casual 1.0 mi. NE
Mermaid's Dockside Bar & Grill (284) 495-6663 Caribbean Very Casual 1.0 mi. NE
Anything Goes Bar & Restaurant (284) 495-5244 -- -- 1.0 mi. NE
Mine Shaft Cafe (284) 495-5480 Eclectic -- -- --
Rosewood Little Dix Bay Pavilion (284) 495-5555 International Informal 1.6 mi. NNE
Rosewood Little Dix Bay Sugar Mill (284) 495-5555 Caribbean Fine Dining 1.7 mi. NNE

Other Beaches

Virgin Gorda has several beautiful beaches, so Big Trunk Bay is just one of your options.

Another location you might enjoy is Leverick Bay, found a short taxi ride away. Still, if you're searching for something a little more active, you might find that The Baths is just right.

You may also want to consider Spring Bay, located only a short distance away. A short swim or walk away from the very popular Baths on Virgin Gorda lies Spring Bay, one of the most stunning beaches on the island, whose clear waters make it a perfect spot for snorkeling.

There's plenty to see and do in the Virgin Islands, so visiting Big Trunk Bay is just one way you can enjoy a sunny afternoon.


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