Brewer's Bay is just down the coast from Cane Garden Bay, yet it is often empty. When the cruise ships are in, Cane Garden Bay is like Majorca in the '70's - lots of fat, white, bellies, sunburn, noise and crowding. The taxis almost all take trippers to Cane Garden Bay, that's where all the beach bars are and its just around the corner from the Distillery.
Brewer's Bay isn't like that at all. I don't think I've seen more than 30 people on the beach on its busiest days. CGB has a narrow strip of sand, sloping into shallows.The shallows have no rocks and few fish to snorkel for, the sand goes waaaay out and is pretty featureless. About 30 metres offshore the yachts moor, and they come ashore in their dinghies. Its a busy place, and if busy is what you like, then that's fine. BUT, if you want a secluded beach (one -small - bar at each end), with some fantastic wildlife, then BB is for you. The beach is at least twice the depth of CGB in places (especially after storms), but its nowhere near as long.
I swam there last week and came face to face with a Sea Turtle about 20 metres offshore in about 2 metres of warm, clear, water. There's a huge reef running out from the West side of the bay and it attracts the most amazing fish. Its a lovely place. The downsides? After about 15:30, the sandflies will come out and they are a pain. On some days, the water - quite naturally - isn't as clear, but thats the case on most beaches anyway. For a pleasant beach, without the crowds (and with the plus of some excellent snorkeling), if you're on the North side of the island of Tortola, Brewers Bay pretty much has it all (it's also only 15 minutes from Road Town). Enjoy.
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