White Bay

British Virgin Islands

This gorgeous long white crescent lies pressed to the sea by steep hills. A barrier reef shelters the water from swells and waves, making for good swimming and a protected anchorage. Lots of day-trippers arrive by charter boat. The beach’s main activities are drinking, wriggling your toes in the sand and people-watching.

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