Cooper Island Beach Club
What to Expect: The resort, on Manchioneel Bay on the northwest side of 480-acre Cooper Island, has no nightclubs, casinos, shops, or even televisions in the rooms. And there’s not a single car on the island. A casual-style restaurant on the beach and 11 colorful but simple rooms with kitchenettes, radios, ceiling fans, and private baths with outdoor showers are about all there is here—but that’s enough. Don’t expect much more than a sandy beach, clear and calm water, palm trees, and rum drinks. Upon arrival, guests are even greeted with a "Painkiller," the local—and lethal—drink of choice made from rum, pineapple juice, coconut cream, orange juice, and fresh nutmeg.
What to Do: Nothing. That’s the idea. Read on the beach. Swim in the ocean. Watch the sunset. If you must do something, snorkel, dive, or kayak; the on-site dive shop gives instructions and rents equipment. Getting There: The resort’s private boat transports guests to and from Tortola three days a week, and by special arrangement.
Insider Tip: Many visitors cite the restaurant as their main reason for returning. Sample the local West Indian specialty of conch fritters served with a spicy dip. Or, since you’re in the British Virgin Islands, try the Coronation Chicken Salad, made with curry and cream; it was originally created for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.
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