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Secluded Beach... and Snorkeling?

Tortola Secluded Beach... and Snorkeling?  

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  1. 1. We are looking to take a taxi to a beautiful uncrowded beach (loungers & umbrellas not needed). We travel w/ snorkeling gear, so good snorkeling is a plus- but not required. Which location do you recommend? Any information on taxi prices would be greatly appreciated

    • Brewers Bay
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    • Long Bay
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    • Smuggler's Cove
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We are looking to take a taxi to a beautiful uncrowded beach (loungers & umbrellas not needed). We travel w/ snorkeling gear, so good snorkeling is a plus- but not required. Which location do you recommend?  Any information regarding taxi prices would be greatly appreciated! 

 

1. Brewers Bay

2. Long Bay

3. Smuggler's Cove

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Same question I asked in your STT post please - your port times and date, and do you require restrooms? And you want a beach that offers some snorkeling I assume?

 

My initial choice would be Smuggler’s, as that is our favorite beach when cruise ships are in port. But a taxi can be somewhat risky for the return and a rental would be more appropriate. Without your port times/date info Brewers would be the very best option with a taxi.

 

With longer port times (10 hrs) there are better options so look forward to your answers...

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5 hours ago, blue_water said:

Same question I asked in your STT post please - your port times and date, and do you require restrooms? And you want a beach that offers some snorkeling I assume?

 

My initial choice would be Smuggler’s, as that is our favorite beach when cruise ships are in port. But a taxi can be somewhat risky for the return and a rental would be more appropriate. Without your port times/date info Brewers would be the very best option with a taxi.

 

With longer port times (10 hrs) there are better options so look forward to your answers...

Breakaway 9/26, only in port 7a-3p.  Again, no restrooms or food needed.

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Ok, unless you want to take the time to rent a Jeep and drive to Smuggler’s Cove, Brewers is your best option. Second most popular beach for cruisers, easy 8pp shared safari taxi with a beach bar, but still much less crowded than CGB and a nicer beach with snorkeling...

 

And for a less crowded beach and possibly some snorkeling, Long Bay, West End is a beautiful long, picture postcard beach actually pictured in several mags (as is Smuggler’s). LB should be less crowded, and unsure about snorkeling but I know it is rockier to the left and center as you face the water. Great views and diving pelicans here...There is a Tropical Fusion restaurant nearby that opens ~11, and you will see a small store as your taxi passes Sebastian’s restaurant and hotel before going over the knoll to LB. So in case you can’t get a taxi back from Long Bay for some reason, you can walk over the knoll back to the store to call a driver, one actually lives right nearby. Probably $12pp taxi to LB...

 

Smuggler’s is a short drive on an unpaved road past Long Bay and it’s been awhile since I’ve driven t it but guessing 2 - 3 km...not sure if any drivers will take you and return for you...But our favorite gorgeous and uncrowded beach with decent snorkeling and probably Nigel selling cold beer and grilling...

 

You sound like us and I’ll vote for Smuggler’s. Let us know what you enjoyed!

 

 

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On 8/8/2019 at 5:27 PM, blue_water said:

Ok, unless you want to take the time to rent a Jeep and drive to Smuggler’s Cove, Brewers is your best option. Second most popular beach for cruisers, easy 8pp shared safari taxi with a beach bar, but still much less crowded than CGB and a nicer beach with snorkeling...

 

And for a less crowded beach and possibly some snorkeling, Long Bay, West End is a beautiful long, picture postcard beach actually pictured in several mags (as is Smuggler’s). LB should be less crowded, and unsure about snorkeling but I know it is rockier to the left and center as you face the water. Great views and diving pelicans here...There is a Tropical Fusion restaurant nearby that opens ~11, and you will see a small store as your taxi passes Sebastian’s restaurant and hotel before going over the knoll to LB. So in case you can’t get a taxi back from Long Bay for some reason, you can walk over the knoll back to the store to call a driver, one actually lives right nearby. Probably $12pp taxi to LB...

 

Smuggler’s is a short drive on an unpaved road past Long Bay and it’s been awhile since I’ve driven t it but guessing 2 - 3 km...not sure if any drivers will take you and return for you...But our favorite gorgeous and uncrowded beach with decent snorkeling and probably Nigel selling cold beer and grilling...

 

You sound like us and I’ll vote for Smuggler’s. Let us know what you enjoyed!

 

 

What is the shore break like at Brewers vs CGB? I feel like from the pics I’ve see of both, CGB looks calmer and almost no shore break waves and Brewers has a bit more of a shore break when entering the water? Or maybe it’s just the day someone goes and shares their pics. 

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On 9/14/2019 at 9:09 PM, Libbiroed said:

What is the shore break like at Brewers vs CGB? I feel like from the pics I’ve see of both, CGB looks calmer and almost no shore break waves and Brewers has a bit more of a shore break when entering the water? Or maybe it’s just the day someone goes and shares their pics. 

When we've been there, the water has been essentially the same at both beaches.  

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All the beaches I mentioned are along the north shore and can be rough with any swells or wind, typically CGB and Brewers are calmer with a nice entry. We were not been able to enter the water at CGB while staying at Myett’s in May because it was so rough but other times it is like glass.

Josiah’s Bay just east of Brewers is popular with surfers and rougher yet. 

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We just returned... Smuggler's Cove was fabulous!  Great snorkeling & not crowded one bit!20190926_122722.thumb.jpg.648143a19cffd221f9461c3100c371fe.jpg20190926_122249.thumb.jpg.498c9a133b93d5f1d315c2472eba1af7.jpg20190926_122427.thumb.jpg.c30e9f1e117d16aa30d000d071111d03.jpg

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2 hours ago, blue_water said:

All the beaches I mentioned are along the north shore and can be rough with any swells or wind, typically CGB and Brewers are calmer with a nice entry. We were not been able to enter the water at CGB while staying at Myett’s in May because it was so rough but other times it is like glass.

Josiah’s Bay just east of Brewers is popular with surfers and rougher yet. 

 

We were also there during a swell, a few years ago in March.  Stayed in CGB at Lighthouse Villas, but went to both Brewers and Smugglers to check out the surf.  It was pretty much the same in all 3 places - too rough to enter.  Interestingly, we were able to go on a good snorkeling trip to the Indians, since it's to the south.  The other times we've been, all 3 beaches were calm and clear.  

 

Mettins, thanks for the beautiful pix of Smugglers.  I miss it!

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7 hours ago, blue_water said:

Looks like Long Bay in at least two of the pics?

No, Smuggler's Cove.

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Aah yes, ok. I’m looking at my photos and it is. Just the angle of view reminded me of Long Bay.  Both are gorgeous!

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