Josiah’s Bay


An undeveloped gem at the foot of a valley on the north shore, Josiah’s Bay is a dramatic strand that has excellent surf with a point break in winter. Many say it offers Tortola’s best surfing. A beach bar serves snacks and cold beers. Surf School BVI has a facility on-site from which it rents boards and offers lessons.

Josiah's Bay is a good 15-minute drive (US$20 taxi ride) from the airport.

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