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Smuggler's Cove Beach - Tortola

To_Smugglers_Cove_Overview Smuggler's Cove Beach - Tortola
I have a lot of "favourite" beaches in the BVI, but Smuggler's Cove, in Lower Belmont Bay is where I usually go (if I have time) to swim, kick back and relax for a while.

I love this place... and not just because its relatively close to my home, but because this particular beach is quite simply irresistible, the views are fantastic and the snorkelling is wonderful in certain spots!

The dirt road access is less than inviting and its not unlike embarking upon an African Safari to get here! In fact, some people prefer to walk in, leaving their cars elsewhere rather than drive. But of all the beaches in the British Virgin Islands, this one is definitely worth the trouble!

I prefer peace, quiet, good snorkelling and uncrowded beaches, so this is the perfect place for me. However, in recent years, the government has seen fit to have cruise ship passengers visit here. I choose to avoid going to the beach on those days.

On the far east end of the beach, out at the point, you will often find folks yoyo fishing on a nice quiet Sunday afternoon such as this. As a reminder to visitors ... unless you closely resemble the little guy in the photo below, public nudity is against the law in the BVI.

To_Smugglers_Cove_Fishing Fishing at Smuggler's Cove
To_Smugglers_Cove_Little_Nudist A Little Nudist soaks up some sun

To_Smugglers_Cove_Catamaran Catamaran at Anchor in Smuggler's Cove
To_Smugglers_Cove_Beach Just another day at the Beach!

Smuggler's Cove Beach Overview

Bottom Type: Mostly sand with a sprinkling of coral near shore.
Swimming: Excellent for both swimming and sunbathing!
Safe For Children: Yes. Under adult supervision.
Rip Current: No, not usually but anything can happen.
Snorkelling: Excellent! There is a coral outcropping about 100' off shore.
Scuba Diving: No dive shops.
Water Toys: No.
Beach Chairs: No.
Water Conditions: Minimal wave action in the winter months. Usually calm.
Bars & Restaurants: Not yet. Soon to come.
Entertainment: No.
Washroom: Not yet.
Provisioning: No.
Hotels & Villas: Several villas & Long Bay Resort are within walking distance.
Area Description: Sparsely residential. Very Quiet!
Access: By land or sea. Room for only a couple of boats to anchor.