Beach-Lover's Guide to the BVI: Guana


This eco-sensitive private island has seven beaches, including a tiny pocket cove at a sheltered anchorage called Monkey Point and a windswept stretch known as North Beach. But the star is White Bay. When you add up the creamy sand, superb snorkeling, thriving wildlife and sunset views, it's arguably the finest beach in the BVI. There's a beach bar, but it's reserved for guests, and the management requests that visiting yachts use the south end of the beach, which is no hardship because that's where the bulk of the reef lies.

Where to Stay: Guana Island Resort ($650 low season, $895 high; 800-54-GUANA; includes the entire island, though only a tiny fraction has been developed.

Hot Stuff: Guana's owners recently bought Norman Island, and there are rumors of another resort.

Writer and photographer Bob Friel writes about outlaws, outcasts and extraordinary characters while chasing adventure stories around the world at

Published: 4 Sep 2007 | Last Updated: 1 Apr 2011
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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