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Eastern Caribbean's top 10 beach accommodation on a budget: from Antigua to the British Virgin Islands

Above: Guavaberry Spring Bay, Virgin Gorda. Photo:UK Guardian
Above: Mongoose Apartments, Tortola. Photo:UK Guardian
Above: Mongoose Apartments, Tortola. Photo:UK Guardian
(UK Guardian)

Below is an extract from the Guardian article of the same title: Staying on Antigua, St Barts and the British Virgin Islands is never going to be cheap. But these 10 characterful cottages and guesthouses are relative bargains, from around £100 a night

Guavaberry Spring Bay, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

The rocks that give so much character to the beaches of the Baths and Spring Bay on Virgin Gorda, the third-largest of the British Virgin Islands, run through the Guavaberry resort too. Great boulders, covered in bougainvillea and night-blooming sirius cactus, surge from the rising ground on both sides of the quiet road near the south of the island. In among them stand 20 cottages, each with kitchen, living room, barbecue and lovely outside space, and one, two or three bedrooms. A small central area has shop, internet, laundry, books, snorkelling gear and regulars who gather to shoot the breeze. But life centres on the delightful beach and its superb sand and sea, framed by the famous boulders, jumbled on one another to create nooks, sun traps and explorable caves. There are bars and restaurants within walking distance. 

 +1 284 495 5227,, from $150 (£100) a night. Virgin Gorda is reached from Antigua (served by British Airways, Virgin) via Beef Island off Tortola (on local airline LIAT), and a ferry

Mongoose Apartments, Tortola, British Virgin Islands

Beach bars stand shoulder to shoulder for 300m on Cane Garden Bay, the liveliest beach on Tortola, so there is plenty of choice of loungers, watersports, live music and happy hours. You may want to avoid the beach on cruise ship day, when it heaves, but in the evening it can be your own – for truly spectacular views of the sun setting between Jost van Dyke and distant St Thomas. Mongoose Apartments are hidden in greenery just three minutes from the sand, with six one-bedroom apartments in a block surrounded by palms, each with kitchen and balcony. They're simple, comfortable, and the welcome's friendly. 

 +1 284 495 4421,, from $145. Reach the BVI from Antigua, as above



2 Responses to “Eastern Caribbean's top 10 beach accommodation on a budget: from Antigua to the British Virgin Islands”

  • vern (03/03/2013, 19:38) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am so happy for bvi.I am a Jamaican lived and went to school there , before I migrated to go to schoo in the states a blessed place to be. I love the bvi,coming back to live
  • bigger picture (04/03/2013, 14:03) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    this is a nice mention in publication. But it also baits the question, what are tourists looking for. This article promotes Guavaberry and Mongoose apt which only have 6 one-bedroom apartments with their own kitchen. Peace and quiet? location to beach? "Avoid beach on cruise ship days"? Doesn't this tell our government what a unique opportunity BVI has to promote boutique small hotels? look at sugar mill and its repeated awards. It is small and tucked away- yet tourists seek it out- This is what the Guardian is saying- that BVI offers these things which are hard to find on other islands. Pay attention Government and quit talking 5-star hotels which are impossible to maintain let alone win the designation.

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