Long Bay and Nature Boy's Beach Bar, Tortola, British Virgin Islands

Even though Smuggler's Cove became our "Go To" beach for the week, we did enjoy a day on one end of Long Bay.  

To get there, drive through the Long Bay Beach Resort complex.  The road will veer to the left (see posting for Smuggler's Cove) -- an entrance to the beach is right there at the curve.  Park anywhere you can on the side of the road.  There was an open area on the right, before the curve, where a few cars can squeeze in.  

Nature Boy was the only vendor on the beach.  He has a makeshift bar that serves about anything you could wish for while on the beach.  Full bar, but no food (at least not that day).  He also had boogie boards for rent at only $5 each -- what fun!  

The Glass Studio, Tortola, British Virgin Islands

Following a recommendation from a friend (thanks, Tara!), we stopped by to visit the glass studio near Cane Garden Bay.  They have quite an operation going and it's all in the name of going green and doing good things for the island!  

They take used bottles from the bars and restaurants and turn them into beautiful works of art.  Not only does it help reduce waste on an island that is not equipped for recycling, but it teaches employable skills to locals.  We were given a fully narrated demonstration and it was quite fascinating.  

It was well worth the visit.  And of course we left with some glass treasures for souvenirs!  

Check out their website:  Green VI - British Virgin Islands

Palm's Delight Restaurant, Tortola, British Virgin Islands

Palm's Delight is a totally "local" restaurant right on the water at Carrot Bay and is delightful!  Service is friendly and the food is delicious, home-cooked local fare.  Prices are incredibly reasonable.  (My entree was $18 and for a similar dish at Pusser's Landing the price was $32.  Huge difference.)  

As with every restaurant we tried, you must remember that you are on "island time" and prepare yourself mentally for that.  I read some reviews on Trip Advisor complaining about slow service and having to get up to get a drink for themselves at the bar.  Something like that does not bother us.  If you're looking for Four Seasons service, this is not the place, nor is it the island for you.  

This was one of my favorite meals of the week and I'd highly recommend it!  And don't miss the homemade key lime pie!  

Smuggler's Cove Beach, Tortola, British Virgin Islands

Smuggler's Cove was our favorite beach on the island.  It is definitely off the beaten path -- you take a pothole-filled dirt road to get there.  There's decent snorkeling, four beach shacks to choose from for chairs, food and drinks, and crowds are minimal.  There was one day that a group of cruise ship passengers were taxied to the beach for the day, but it was nothing like the cruise ship crowds we saw at Cane Garden Bay. 

Getting there:  From the West End area, take Zion Hill Road over the hill.  When you come to the "T" at Sebastian's, turn left.  Go through the Long Bay Beach Resort complex until you come to a bend in the road.  Take the bend to the left, then take an immediate right turn on Palm Road.  It is a rough dirt road, but you are on the right track!  You will pass entrances to villas on the left and the parking area for the beach will appear to your right.  Park your car and enjoy!  

Additional tip:  The made-to-order food from the grill at Patricia's Beach Bar was delicious!  (In particular, the mahi mahi and rice and beans -- yummm...)

Sebastian's Seaside Grill, Tortola, British Virgin Islands

We enjoyed our lunch at Sebastian's Seaside Grill, right on the beach.  It was uncrowded and the service was very friendly.  The kids were able to play on the beach while we ordered and waited for our lunch to arrive -- a great set-up!  

Recommended:  Yes!