That "son of a son of a sailor", Jimmy Buffet ... the old Parrot Head himself, became famous singing about boats, beaches, bars, women, life's disappointments and the little things which bring him joy. Not surprisingly, he (like so many of us) always seems to find joy in sailing the BVI!
Buffet immortalized Tortola
in the lyrics of his song, "Manana": "I hear it gets better, that's what they say, as soon as we sail on to Cane Garden Bay".
For folks who, like Jimmy Buffet, truly appreciate sailing, great beaches, good restaurants, Caribbean entertainment and the ever popular beach bars, Cane Garden Bay
is your one stop shop!
There is no question that this is one of the most popular beaches in the British Virgin Islands and the entire Caribbean! The anchorage is wonderful with a lovely, protected swimming area and a dinghy dock allowing easy beach access.
There's almost always something going on and you'll enjoy some terrific sunsets here too!
Once upon a time, there were two tire swings in the bay. Sadly, one storm or another took them both out. Hopefully, someday there will be another. My niece (above) certainly enjoyed herself on the one that used to be at the west end of the beach.
: Bareboaters may want to avoid Cane Garden Bay altogether on cruise ship days. Whenever the cruise ships are in port, hoards of people are taxied over to the beach and it becomes wall to wall people with beach chairs and umbrellas as far as the eye can see. They clear out around 2:30 or 3:00 pm ... and the bay returns to normal.
|Safe For Children:
||Yes. Under adult supervision of course!
||No, not usually.
||Nothing much to see as there is a sand bottom.
||Yes. Lots of choices but currently, no windsurfers.
||Yes, and plenty to go around for everyone!
||Some wave action in the winter months. Usually calm otherwise.
|Bars & Restaurants:
||Quito's Gazebo & Myett's - sometimes in the evenings.
||Yes. Public washroom beside Myett's Restaurant.
||Yes. Bobby's Market Place and behind the pleasure boat rental.
|Hotels & Villas:
||Yes. Several private villas and small Inns.
||Tourist based area with several villas, small hotels, private residences and a few attractions for tourists to enjoy.
||By land or sea. Nice anchorage if there are no north swells ... which are common in the winter months.