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.

Located on the island of Virgin Gorda, You should consider stopping by whether or not you're staying particularly close by. The beaches in the Virgin Islands aren't usually known for their peace and quiet, but you'll find Big Trunk Bay to be a little calmer than most, which offers some middle ground to those who'd like a less hectic scene, but one that's not completely empty.

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 concession stand located here is another lunchtime alternative. Depending on the season and time of day, you may also be able to get lunch from one of the mobile vendors who operate at or near this spot.

Please note that public restrooms are not available, which is something to consider if you plan to spend a full day in the sun. You are the only human element at Trunk Bay, the ultimate in seclusion.

What's Nearby


You'll find this beach on the South West coast of Virgin Gorda. It is close to Little Fort Ruins, which is among the attractions in the area.

If you can't wait to see as many of the Virgin Islands' attractions as possible, the beach is located near the attractions 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

Nearby, you'll find the town of Spanish Town, which is not an overly urbanized area, but still has its fair share of things to do. From the coast, Spanish Town is not far away, maybe a mile (a kilometer and a half).


The number of other vacationers sharing this coastline can vary widely, depending on everything from the time the sun sets to how many people have booked nearby hotels. The beach is not located close to many large hotels, but you may meet guests from the few small lodgings in the area.

You'll find a good amount of places to stay a car ride away. A few of the more convenient options can be viewed in the list below.

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 someone in your group starts to get a little hungry at the beach, it's alright because you'll have your pick of different cuisines and dining styles nearby. One of the closest restaurants is Sugar Apple. This restaurant serves Caribbean cuisine.

Nearby restaurant options are shown in the table below.

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
Water's Edge (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 -- -- --
Little Dix Bay Pavilion (284) 495-5555 International Informal 1.8 mi. NNE

Other Beaches

Virgin Gorda has many nice beaches, and Big Trunk Bay is just one option.

If you like the ambiance at this beach, you might also like Leverick Bay, situated a short taxi ride away. Others might prefer The Baths, which offers a little more opportunity for excitement, and isn't far from other popular destinations.

Another location you may want to try is Spring Bay, located a quarter mile 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.

Maybe Big Trunk Bay is a perfect spot for you to kick back, and at the same time perhaps not the the ideal fit; in which case you should keep looking for a beach or natural attraction that suits your vacation style.


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