Cow Wreck Bay

Top choice in British Virgin Islands

Here’s what you’ll find on dazzling, secluded Cow Wreck beach: the most sea-green water you’ve ever laid eyes on, colorful wooden beach chairs under rustling palms, roaming cows, conch shells, a delicious bar-restaurant, bathrooms and maybe even Sir Richard Branson on a kiteboard. The best way to spend the afternoon here is to swim, lounge and then lounge some more.

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