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“The little secret in "Nature's Little Secrets"”
Review of Brewers Bay

Ranked #7 of 65 things to do in Tortola
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Owner description: An exceptional bay and beach area on Tortola's north shore, which is protected by boulder-strewn barrier reefs, making this stretch of water popular for swimming and snorkeling.
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“The little secret in "Nature's Little Secrets"”
Reviewed 10 May 2013

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.

Visited May 2013
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“Clean, quiet, peaceful beach; great spot to avoid typical crowds”
Reviewed 6 May 2013

Brewers Bay is the perfect spot for a quiet day away from the usual beach crowds. There's access to a small bar, plenty of shade or sun, and great snorkeling. The water has a generous shallow entry with a long gentle slope, so it's perfect for just wading in or for younger swimmers. After reading all of the reviews about the snorkeling in Brewers Bay, we were excited to try it here. I don't have a ton of snorkeling experience, but the water actually seemed a bit murky to me on the days when we were there. One of the locals said the bay is usually not so cloudy, so perhaps it was just the weather. I could still see beautiful fish and coral in a short distance though, just not a few feet ahead. There's tons to explore along the left side of the bay along the rocks. It's probably really amazing on a clear day!

Visited May 2013
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Springfield, Virginia
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“Ah Peace!”
Reviewed 25 April 2013

There is no match anywhere for the seclusion and beauty of this beach. The snorkeling is first rate, and there's easy parking and plenty of shade.

Visited April 2013
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Terrace, Canada
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“Scenic picturesque Caribbean Paradise”
Reviewed 15 April 2013

If you are looking for a picturesque, clean and uncrowded Caribbean beach setting with a white sandy beach lined with lush green palm trees for shade and an aqua-marine sea lapping the pristine shoreline with great snorkelling, this is definately the place for you. This is an excellent rustic feeling , quiet and peaceful beach to spend a day from a cruise ship. The ammenities include one beach bar and grill with a bathroom and good beer and food where you can rent a chair for five dollars. You can sit under the shade of the wavering palm trees along the fine white sand beach with a few rocks mixed in and watch large brown pelicans with six feet wingspans diving for tropical fish in the shallows fifty or sixty feet in front of you. The pelicans will dive into the blue green surf within twenty feet or so from swimmers and snorkelers. The exploding splash of the pelicans interupts the quiet tranquil air on this fantastic Caribbean beach. You will hear the occasional rooster crowing to add to the solitary atmosphere along the beach where thrashers noisily cruise the palms where geckos climb the tree trunks. Brewers Bay Beach is definately a must for anyone wanting a quiet, tranquil,rustic and gorgeous beach with a low-key feeling to it without the crowds like other popular beaches on Tortola. The sandy bottom and shallow beach front make it an ideal area for children to swim and frolic. There are very few boats in the bay as anchorage is discouraged or forbidden here but one can see sailboats along the horizon beyond the bay. You can sit and listen to the palms swishing in the warm tropical breezes and hear the blue-green waters lapping the white sandy shoreline with gentle rollers coming ashore with a backdrop of azure blue skies behind lush green hillsides. The peaceful pace of action on this beach is priceless. In the group of 20 of us from Canada who have cruised several times in the Caribbean, it was agreed that this was the nicest, typical postcard perfect, uncrowded and peaceful Caribbean beach that we have encountered on our travels. The awesome sea views, rustic quiet setting with a nice beach bar called Nicole's and hardly any people, maybe 40 or 50, makes this a worthwhile destination from a cruise ship for the day.The road from Roadtown is steep, winding with switchbacks and narrow and a picturesque descent to Brewer's Bay.We took a 25 seat safari truck for $8 each way and felt safe. These drivers drive the hilly terrain several times a day all year round and are good at what they do and don't take unnessesary chances and use compression and brakes to control the speed. The road doesn't have steep, precipitous drop offs along the roadside but are fully treed all along the roadway. Don't let the threat of the steep road deter you from going to Brewers, as some reviewers discourage the steep trip, because when you get there it is very worthwhile being away from the noise and crowds. Some of the best snorkelling that I have encountered in the Caribbean was here as it wasn't rough and the water was clear. Go along the shore to the left of Nicole's along the rocky outcrops to a small islet where larger fish congregate. We got off the ship at 9:00 a.m. and caught our ride and were the first people on the beach where we grabbed chairs and dragged them under the palms for shade all day. One can walk down the beach further and see old ruins of distilleries that gave this bay it's name and a public campgrounds for locals and tourists. The snorkelling along the rocks of the left is superbly excellent and you only have to go 50 or 60 feet from shore and snorkel through the coral reef along deep channels in the coral. The colorful, tropical fish we encountered were of the larger variety from six inches to two feet with large blue ones, groupers, schools of smaller blue fish and other exotic varieties.All in all this was a great beach to spend a peaceful day swimming and snorkelling and viewing the natural world around Brewer's Bay Beach. The view of lush green hillsides with white houses sporadically dotting the forest and reflected into the aqua blue green sea that frothed white along the shore was spectacular and breathtaking. The green palm-lined sandy white beach stretches from rocky outcroppings towards the open Atlantic sea in one direction and to a long sandy and at times rocky shoreline that passes beside shallow coral reefs with pelicans swimming and diving for fish, in the other direction. A great scenic paradise with a pristine natural atmosphere.

Visited March 2013
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New Jersey
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“Great Beach Stop from Cruise”
Reviewed 31 March 2013

In search of a clean, not overcrowded beach while in port on an RCCL cruise, we headed to Brewers Bay. ThIs stop did not disappoint. From the port, following some discussion at the info desk and with the dispatchers, we jumped into an open air taxi with other passengers from our ship. The ride to the beach was an experience in itself - steep winding rows witH swItchbacks and absolutely fantastic views of the island and the water below. The beach is a bit rocky, but not an issue. We got chairs for a $5 rental and enjoyed having the access to a bathroom, cold local and other beers, and a grill.

Be sure you know who is picking you up and when. Taxis came regularly, handling about 10 passengers each, but they filled quickly. We found the return trip easier to arrange on other islands. A few tense moments, but the very friendly island people assured us there was no problem. The man renting chairs personally offered us a ride back.

In town for the day? Enjoy the ride to Brewers and the memorable view from this smal, intimate beach.

Visited March 2013
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