Beef Island from the air February 2011.
About Beef Island
Beef Island is a small island located just off the east end of Tortola in the British Virgin Islands. Formerly a part of Tortola, a bridge now connects the two islands. We were told that it got its name because it was used for cattle grazing and slaughtering in the past. Hey, if you want that fresh ground beef cheeseburger while in paradise, the cows have to be close by.
Our Travels to Beef Island
We visited Beef Island in 2011 while on our BVI sailing trip. It is home to the airport that we flew into, as well as the start and end point of our sailing charter. Read more about our travels to Beef Island…
Getting to Beef Island
Those of you already in the British Virgin Islands have the luxury of pulling up in your boat or driving over from Tortola, but for the rest of us coming from afar, the island is home to Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport. Located on the western half of the island, it is the only airport on Beef Island, and one of only a small few in the Virgin Islands. Because the airport is located on Beef Island, it has become a great starting and ending point for sailing charters.
Beef Island’s Beaches
The beaches on Beef Island are beautiful, as are most of the beaches in the Virgin Islands. Because we were only on the island for a short time, we were only able to visit one of the beaches.
Trellis Bay Beach
The one beach we visited on Beef Island was Trellis Bay Beach. It is beautiful, but offers great protection for smaller boats, making it less ideal for swimming.
The beach on Trellis Bay from the end of the dinghy dock at De Loose Mongoose restaurant February 2011.
A view of the dinghy dock and Trellis Bay from De Loose Mongoose restaurant February 2011.
Dining on Beef Island
While waiting to board our sail boat charter in 2011, we ate lunch at De Loose Mongoose Beach Bar and Restaurant. This restaurant was located directly on Trellis Bay, near the end of the airport runway. The food consisted of typical beach grub, including our favorite snacks – beer and nachos.