Tortola is a quaint, small island in the British Virgin Islands. Consisting of only 21 square miles and gloriously perfect beaches it’s a perfect spot for those looking for peace and quiet on vacation. These qualities have made it one of the most popular cruise destinations in the Eastern Caribbean. There are many flawless beaches on Tortola and Cane Garden Bay is one of the most popular, for a very good reason.
I’ve been to Cane Garden Bay twice (once on a cruise and once while staying on nearby Scrub Island) and both times I was in awe of the perfection of this beach. It’s a short 15-20 minute ride from the cruise port. Since it is one of the more popular beaches on Tortola, there are always taxis or minibuses waiting at the port for transport to Cane Garden Bay; when you are ready to leave there are usually multiple taxis waiting there as well.
The scenery of Cane Garden Bay parallels the perfection of the actual beach. Lush mountains surround the bay and boats are almost always sitting far out in the bay, gently bobbing on the water.
The beach is quite clean with multiple vendors, including chairs and umbrellas at reasonable cost, restaurants and bars as well as souvenirs. On our first visit, the beach was nearly deserted, with a few families strolling and playing in the water. Our second visit was via cruise and the beach was, understandably, quite busy. Even though we were late getting off the ship we had no trouble finding a chair to rent and our time there was equally enjoyable as the first.
If you are visiting Tortola on a cruise or on a restful vacation in the British Virgin Islands, be sure to visit Cane Garden Bay. You won’t be disappointed.
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