We went to Charlotteville one day, but it was cloudy. We asked the way to Pirate's Bay and were told to drive up the paved road. (The one I had read about that no one should drive up!). So, if you are told by a local to drive up there, DONT. We did not, but decided to return on a better day. When we did return, it was a Saturday. We were surprised at how few people were around the town. We easily found a spot for the car and walked up the paved road that soon became a dirt road. We kept going and knew to look for the steps going down to the beach. We made it down easily, and there are 156 of them. There was a lady from Chicago who came to ask if we wanted a beach chair. It is her small business during certain times of the year. Her 2 year old son was enjoying the day at the beach with her. We had a good swim and snorkeled in the clear water. It was a great place to spend a few hours. We arrived in Charlotteville around noon, and the fishermen were already selling their fish. After our time at the Bay, we returned to the car to find a lady selling homemake ice cream from her car. Had to have some.