Beef Island is an island in the British Virgin Islands, located to the east of Tortola, to which it is connected by the Queen Elizabeth Bridge. Beef Island is the site of the Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport, the main commercial airport that serves Tortola and the rest of the territory.
Trellis Bay is a short walk east of the airport. Trellis Bay is a small town (market, restaurant, coffee shop, local crafts) and beach. Long Bay is west of the airport.
In 2007, a major development on Beef Island was made subject to delays after challenges from an environmentalist group calling itself the British Virgin Islands Heritage Conservation Group. The proposed five-star hotel with a golf course and marina was proposed for development near Hans Creek, on the south east side of the island. After a judicial review, the British Virgin Islands court ordered the project suspended whilst the legal review was undertaken.
The court case against the development continues, and news articles are reporting that the legal fight has been inspired by the similar fight on Great Guana Cay, in the Bahamas.
- Location map: 18°27’-0"N, 64°31’60"W
- Beef Island map
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
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