The BVI is blessed with three of possibly
the finest campgrounds in the world.
All three, Tortola's Brewer's Bay, Jost
Van Dyke's White Bay and Anegada's Loblolly Bay are right
on their respective beaches. This actually means the bluff
above the beach. The beach itself is the
inclined surface where the waves play themselves
Tortola. Brewer's Bay Campground
is on the Ocean
Coast's Brewer's Bay. Brewer's Bay has a rock seawall
before the campground, but what a fine beach with its
primitive, rugged aura of rocky cliffs
enclosing the bay and often crashing surf!
Brewer's Bay has a diversified
canopy of palms and almonds as well as
seagrapes. The campground goes along the beach and back
to the shady road.
The culture of these campgrounds differ
also. Brewer's Bay has a following of people who are into
nature and who have been coming for years. It has a beach
bar and restaurant that features traditional
local food. Carl Parsons, the owner/manager is
quite into traditional life in the BVI.
Jost Van Dyke. White Bay
Campground is at White Bay.
At White Bay, the
vegetation is diverse and the campground stretches back up the
hillside with small cabins and tent platforms in
the tropical woods, naturalistically landscaped
by Ivan who is quite a naturalist, who
also has "plantations" for tropical fruits that
are sold at his stand in Great Harbour.
White Bay has the Local Flavor
Stress Free beach bar, an honor bar with some
refreshments, etc. The photos on the walls attest to the happy
musical jam sessions and beach fun experienced
White Bay likewise has a
reef, somewhat more effective that Brewer's Bay,
nevertheless resulting in that classic, restful
Anegada. Mac's Place
Camping at Loblolly Bay,
Neptune's Treasure and Pomato
Point are all on Anegada.
Loblolly Bay, a completely unique
location in the BVI, is a coral island
meeting the vast Atlantic on its ocean coast.
Built completely from coral, Anegada's reef, visibly
demarcated by its famous line of white surf
a hundred yards or so off the beach, forms a series of
ocean lagoons as the bay's crescent shape meets points of
land on each side. So the "surf" here often
merely laps the beach.
The Loblolly Bay habitat produces some of
the finest seagrape trees, shaped by use
into tent canopies. The campground tends to stretch along
the beach, more than back from it, in this all sand
shore, covered with a variety of low succulent plantlife,
especially the beautiful bay lavender.
Why not? There are miles of beach here.
Yes, this is campground paradise!
Recovery Estates (495-4467) at Tortola's
West End has daily yoga classes on the dock
($10 per person) and therapeutic massage with Pamelah
Jacobson who specializes in Swedish, Shiatsu and
Reflexology massage ($65 per hour).
Resort has Thalasso-Spa,
a full-service European-style thalasso therapy spa at Prospect
Reef near Road Town.
Long Bay Beach
Resort at Tortola's North
Beach Coast has fitness training as well.
Peter Island. Peter
Island Resort has a full service fitness and
massage therapy center is located on Deadman"s Bay
beach on Peter
Virgin Gorda. Leverick Bay Resort
at the North Sound
has the Sviva
Spa, offering traditional and contemporary
therapies to women and men, including full body massage,
reflexology, facials, manicures, pedicures, waxing and
many more spa services in packages or specially designed.
While the nearest golf course (spectacular
Mahogany Run designed by Tom Fazio) is about an hour away
by ferry, the BVI has Pitch & Putt golf
Reef Resort at Prospect Reef near Road Town
and at Long Bay
Beach Resort at Tortola's North
The beautiful natural environment of the
BVI is sometimes overlooked due to the focus on the
Sage National Park is outstanding. Trunk Bay
is the reward for this hike on the Ocean
Coast. The Back
Road to Smuggler's Cove makes an excellent
road hike. Mt. Healthy
Windmill National Park has a short
trail with interesting plants and wildlife.
Gorda. Places as unlikely as the waterworld
North Sound offers
trails, including those at Biras Creek, the
Bitter End, Prickley
Pear Island (a national park) and the circular Trail
of Palms at Mosquito Island.
And the very aquatic Baths
has hiking trails to Devil's Bay and Stoney's
Bay. Gorda Peake has excellent trails, mahogany
trees and orchids, picnic tables and a lookout tower.
Jost Van Dyke. At
Harbour, there is the "Bypass"
Stroll as well as the White
Bay Walk over the mountain to White Bay. Also, the
owner of Nature's Basket (495-9312),
Ivan Chinnery, sometimes conducts walks to his own
plantation where he grows mangoes, papayas, pineapples
and bananas. At Little
Harbour, there is a small hiking mountain.
Ride in the sky at Shadow
Stables (494-2262) on Ridge Road just
east of Skyworld. Also, the Ellis Thomas
Riding School (494-4442) at Sea Cow Bay's race
track. Fantasic trail rides go along the ridges
and down to the beaches (photo of riders
from Shadow Stables on Cane Garden Bay's beach from Bev's
There is horseracing at the track in Sea
Cow's Bay once a month beginning August 3. See picture.
Tortola. Tennis courts are
generally available for guests for free and for a fee for
Bay Beach Resort at Tortola's
North Beach Coast has
an active tennis program and a special tennis
travel package. Prospect
Reef Resort at Prospect Reef near Road Town has six courts.
Peter Island. Peter Island Resort on Peter Island has one of the best pros in the Caribbean.
Virgin Gorda. Leverick
Bay Resort has complimentary tennis for its guests on
its newly re-surfaced astroturf tennis court. Mahoe Bay
villas have tennis.
Ultralight Flight Adventures
offers flights from the Anegada Reef Hotel over Horseshoe
Reef for $60 per person in a two-seater
state-of-the-art ultralight with an
experienced pilot. Flights are also available from the Sand
Box beach bar at Prickly Pear Island over
the Eustatia Sound and Reef.
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