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Re: Public / Private Beaches in the BVI

All beaches are (partially) public in the BVI, even on private islands. The public portions are from the water including the foreshore.

English common law applies:

the foreshore has been generally defined as land that is below the high water mark of ordinary tides. That excludes the highest tides of a given month (the spring tides) and the lowest high tides, which occur at the neaps. Land covered during the high spring tides was presumed not to form part of the foreshore but to belong to the owner of the adjoining land.


So the letter of the law allows you to use the beaches. In practice it might be a bit more difficult and certainly wouldn't go to the extent of hanging up a hammock in the trees. Private security might interfere and make your stay on the beach less than satisfactory.

There are many beaches to choose from in the BVI that are beautiful, pristine and public
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Last edited by Zanshin; 01-25-2013 at 06:42 AM.
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