Cane Garden Bay
Cane Garden Bay © CtrAltDel
The island's most popular beach, Cane Garden Bay is a favourite anchorage for sailors and the beach of preference for sunbathers, swimmers and watersports enthusiasts. It is also the centre of Tortola's nightlife, featuring seaside bars, restaurants and Caribbean-style entertainment, and the curved bay is dotted with guesthouses and villas. The action-filled beachfront offers rental of watersports and scuba diving equipment and features a variety of gift shops. If you are lucky, and the beach is relatively empty, you will feel sure that you have stumbled into paradise in Cane Garden Bay, particularly as the beach restaurants and bars make it so easy to sip on or eat something divine while soaking up the sun and enjoying the amazing snorkeling. However, try to avoid peak season on this beach because it is a favourite drop-off spot for cruise ships and can become very crowded, which somewhat ruins its idyllic Carribean vibe. Of course, its popularity is testament to its beauty, but if you prefer your beaches empty and undiscovered this may not be for you. Having said that, the vibrant night life benefits from the diverse travellers and jubilant holiday crowds, and the beach is very safe as a result of its hallowed tourist status. It is also a dream spot for photographers.