Cane Garden Bay

Cane Garden Bay, Tortola: Address, Phone Number, Cane Garden Bay Reviews: 4.5/5

Cane Garden Bay
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Centrally located on Tortola's north side, this is probably the busiest beach since its beauty is often compared to Magen's Bay on St. Thomas.
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Lets_Cruise_13
Ottawa, Canada1,319 contributions
Jan 2020
On Friday January 24th, 2020, from the Capital of Road Town, Tortola, my wife and I took an NCL shore excursion TOVL2011, namely Island Beach Break for a duration of four hours. We left our ship the NCL Bliss early morning to meet around 8:15 am at the pier then followed David, our guide and driver, to our shuttle bus. The small shuttle bus did have A/C, but David did not use it. Shuttle seats were very close together and there was no isle space to walk from the front to the back. People filling up the shuttle were filling up front to back so those folks trying to get to the back of the shuttle had to basically climb over the 20 other people before they got to their seats.

We started with a scenic drive out of Road Town on Joe’s Hill Road with some photo stops on our way up to the central mountain area. At one stop we did get a photo shot of the entire bay, the capital city with our ship NCL Bliss docked, and in the background Dead’s Man Chest and Peter Island. During the drive up, the road was very steep and narrow and on many occasions the shuttle’s transmission was really struggling to make it up the hills. As we drove along, we could see in many places that the island is still recovering from Hurricane Irma, however, it hasn't dampened the spirit of the citizens living there.

We then drove down the mountain to a beautiful beach in Cane Garden Bay. Cane Garden Bay is a horseshoe shaped bay located on the north shore of the island and has one of the most popular beaches on Tortola. At the beach, there were lounge chairs and umbrellas set up everywhere and it was very difficult to find a place to sit just on the beach itself. It was very crowded and busy. People renting the chairs were on us like vultures (i.e., US 15.00 for two chairs). There were boats, kayaks and jet skis for rent as well as several bars where you could get tropical drinks. Most of the time waves were high and sea water from the tide level did reach the lounge chair area. We did spend two hours at the beach, our driver David was knowledgeable about the island’s history, and the beach area was wonderful.

The shuttle back to the ship was not as scary as the drive there. Back in the capital, we stopped at the outlets near the Cruise Terminal for shopping and then for a few drinks at TROPIX Cocktail Bar. We had a good time and would rate this excursion as four stars and would recommend it to our friends and family wishing to visit.
Written February 20, 2020
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Wetravelalot12
London301 contributions
Jan 2020
We docked at Tortola on our Caribbean cruise. Rather than pay to use the transfer option offered by the ship, we decided to make our own way to the beach by the local taxi services. These are not normal 'cars', but open sided jeeps which carry 25 passengers. They are located at the cruise terminal & clearly sign posted. The taxi drivers are easily identified by their lovely bright Hawaiian shirts. Tell the guys where you want to go, and they point you to the correct jeep.
The cost was USD 8 per person return. The journey is a bit of a roller coaster as you have to go up and over the mountain. The roads are steep and quite twisty. Once at the beach, the jeep stops and everyone pays their 8 dollars. You are then given a wristband which is your return ticket home. At the drop off point, there is a board with the return times of the taxi's. Once on the beach, you select where you want to camp. There are toilet at the built up end and this is generally where most people stay and hence busiest. Take a walk along the beach, where there are still bars, but it is a bit quieter. Our 2 chairs and umbrella cost USD 20. The sand here is lovely and soft. This did mean that the sea was churning up the sandy bottom, so the water wasn't suitable for snorkelling. The backdrop to the beach was stunning - beautiful green mountains.
Written February 24, 2020
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Dianne B
Stoke-on-Trent, UK384 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
We arrived here Thursday 12th March, caught the local bus outside of the cruise terminal $16 US dollars return..
Absolutely beautiful, we didn't want to pay for a sun lounger, we just put our picnic blanket on the sand..
Had our own little spot, just sat and relaxed for a couple of hours, with a few strolls up and down the beach..stopping for a couple bottles of red stripe.
Coming back in February so will return ❤️
Written March 24, 2020
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JDD
Kimberley, Canada124 contributions
Jan 2022
We visited this beach during a two week stay on Tortola. The beach itself is beautiful, with fine white sands and clear waters. Cruisers have numerous moorings and come/go throughout the day. Many hang out ashore in the 7 or so drinking and eating establishments that crowd the NW end of the beach. Loungers are available for a price and they are everywhere. The critical bit is to time it between or around cruise ships. When they are in the taxis and tour busses fill the parking area and street. It becomes a zoo with the NW getting very crowded and food or drink wait times extend accordingly. We ended up parking on the sand in the mostly unoccupied end and it was fine. A hot dog, drinks and a fish sandwich was a 30 minute expedition.

We returned a few days ago and could see the beach was empty. As we pulled into the parking lot so did the tours. We went elsewhere. The day is coming soon when this beach will need capacity limits….
Written January 5, 2022
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tmoore48
Westlake, OH481 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
We stopped here as part of a tour through our cruise ship. The beach was very crowded, and there was nowhere to sit or be in the shade without paying for either a beverage or for a beach chair. The ladies room had only two stalls, insufficient tissue, and no paper towels/dryers. Pretty, and Prussers at Myett was nice, but overall not the greatest.
Written January 19, 2020
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Notjustchips
Milford on Sea, UK739 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
We visited this beach for a few hours during our tour of the island. On entering the beach we noticed how packed it was and continued walking left. We eventually found four beds together. The beach itself was in a gorgeous location but so packed. The man hiring out beds came along and gave people in front beds for $10 each. Another man came along and tried to charge us $60 four the four. We argued that those in front had paid less but he wouldn’t have it. Other people had been charged $25 for two and that was what was generally the price. The feeling of someone trying to rip people off spoilt the occasion for me.
Written February 24, 2020
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susan f
Oldham, UK914 contributions
Feb 2020
We arrived at the beach for a two hour stay as part of a trip we were taking around the island. The sunbeds were very close together and drinks or food seemed expensive. Lovely clear water for swimming or snorkeling. We arrived around twelve o'clock and luckily got the last two sunbeds at the front, beware because the sea does come in around the sunbeds so perhaps not put beach bags or clothes on the sand!
Written February 26, 2020
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Tasha L
Fort Lauderdale, FL27 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
Paradise is the bar to eat at while at this beach. Food comes out hot and fast and delicious. Beach chairs and umbrella are available. Water clear and sand like baby powder but not white.
Written August 8, 2021
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Amanda2005book
Derby, UK374 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
We had not visited here before and fell in love. A short but very scary minibus taxi takes you to the beach for a small price per person return trip. You have to climb a very high mountain to get to the beach but it is so worth the trip! The locals were so friendly and amazing and this was the first island that we didn’t feel we were being ripped off. Beautiful sand and warm sea- there is a shelf and waves were a bit large at the time but was fine once past the shelf. Pelicans on the beach and chickens! Smoking not permitted in public in Tortola but here you could smoke at rear of beach. Plenty of restaurants and bars and inexpensive.
Written March 23, 2020
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Michelle L. May
Paxton, MA86 contributions
Apr 2021
With a big hotel and lots of restaurants, this is where all the tourists come in Tortola, from the cruise ships and the rentals. Why not? Reggae music playing, island vibes all around. Myetts and Quitos...and lots of smaller restaurants that have rebuilt. Live music there too! CGB is looking fantastic after Irma. Visit the little food shack on the far side of Myetts for the most amazing stuffed shrimp you will ever have. Maybe it's the cold Caribes or the Pain Killers, but we plant ourselves in front of them every time we visit. White sandy beaches, lots of sailboats...and plenty of relaxation. Visit a little off season for a much less hectic experience too. June is fabulous in Tortola. We have been going since 2017 and missed 2020, but we can't wait to go back.
Written April 28, 2021
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