The Best of … Five Top Beach Bars in the British Virgin Islands

Cooper Island

Cooper Island

Cooper Island Beach Club
Cooper Island is one of the southern cays and on its leeward side a palm fringed sandy beach hosts the Cooper Island Beach Club. The name belies its true nature; it’s a beach bar and restaurant with rental cottages and is open to all comers. Recently up-graded, the restaurant has become a favorite amongst the boating crowd particularly for lunch.  Dishes include sirloin burgers, conch fritters, yellowfin tuna and jerk chicken wrap.  For drinks try a frozen virgin, mango mojito, or bushwacker. An underwater web cam shows pictures on a large screen in the bar. New additions to the small complex are an Italian ice cream bar, a coffee shop and a rum bar, all with al fresco seating. The beach with deck loungers is open to all and a short dinghy ride away is good snorkeling at Cistern Rock. A water sports outfit supplies rental equipment and scuba diving tours. Many wrecks are nearby.

The BVI has an abundance of beautiful, safe anchorages with fine shore-side attractions. It makes a perfect stop for cruising yachts on their year-long Caribbean cruise and is often the first choice for those who have decided on a charter yacht vacation.

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Julian Putley is the author of ‘The Drinking Man’s Guide to the BVI’, ‘Sunfun Calypso’, and ‘Sunfun Gospel’.