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 southwestern side of the island of Virgin Gorda, You might want regardless of whether you're staying very close. The beaches in the Virgin Islands aren't usually known for their peace and quiet, but Big Trunk Bay is less exposed than the others, making it just the right spot for vacationers who'd prefer to stay out of the busiest areas.

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.

Lots of visitors here find that the on-site snack bar is just fine for lunch. Sometimes, visitors will be able to buy some food from one of the local vendors who are generally found here.

Please note that public restrooms are not available, which is something to consider if you're bringing the kids, or plan to spend all day outside. You are the only human element at Trunk Bay, the ultimate in seclusion.

What's Nearby


Positioned on the South West coast of Virgin Gorda; it will be near other attractions like Little Fort Ruins, which is one of the closest attractions.

If your taste for travel keeps you looking for new activity and attraction options, the following table shows the closest options.

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

Big Trunk Bay is near Spanish Town, so walking the city is a definite option. The city of Spanish Town is close-by and is not lacking in exploration opportunities, yet also not overflowing with buildings. From the beach, Spanish Town is a fairly short distance away, about a mile (a kilometer and a half).


Whether or not you encounter a lot of other visitors will depend on many factors, including the capacity of nearby hotels. There aren't many major hotels nearby, but it's sometimes enjoyed by guests from the few small lodgings in the area.

You'll find a fairly good range of hotels to choose from near Big Trunk Bay. The most convenient of which can be viewed in the table 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


When you're starving for a midday meal, the area near this beach provides some viable options, so you won't have to wander too far from the shore. One of the nearest places to eat is Sugar Apple. The restaurant serves Caribbean cuisine.

Restaurants closest to this beach are listed 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
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

Of course, you'll find other beaches besides Big Trunk Bay on Virgin Gorda.

Another location you might enjoy is Leverick Bay, situated a short taxi ride away. On the other hand, The Baths offers more action, and is closer to other tourist hot-spots.

You might also want to visit Spring Bay, located a quarter mile to the south. 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 are countless experiences to enjoy in the Virgin Islands, and Big Trunk Bay is just one of the many options.


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