The British Virgin Islands are blessed with many beautiful destinations, but perhaps the most stunning is Virgin Gorda, in the British Virgin Islands. The island was christened by Christopher Columbus as Virgin Gorda, meaning “The Fat Virgin” because of its shape. The island resembles a lady lying on her side. It’s the third largest island in the BVI at 10 miles in length and 2 miles in width.
The laidback feel of the life and people on Virgin Gorda make it the right choice for a quiet and tranquil vacation. Accommodations on the island vary from modest to luxurious, so no matter the budget, there’s a place for you.
To get to Virgin Gorda, you can fly or arrive by boat. Daily flights are available from the St. Thomas airport; each trip takes only 40 minutes. The ferry from Road Town on the island of Tortola makes four round trips a day, so you won’t have any trouble catching a ride if you decide to get in by boat. Posh resorts have their own boats that will provide transportation from the airport on Beef Island (Tortola) directly to the resort.
There are several ways to get around the island. There are open-sided safari buses that travel along the island’s main road, which can take up to 14 passengers. Car rental services are a great choice if you prefer to drive. And finally, boat charters will take you from one tourist spot to another with style.
The Baths on Virgin Gorda are the first place you should visit when coming to the island. Home to the island’s best beaches, the area’s main attraction is the series of natural pools formed by giant boulders. The rock grottoes are filled with seawater that allow exceptional snorkeling.
If you love to hike, there is a 15-minute trail from The Baths to Devil’s Bay National Park. The Virgin Gorda Peak National Park offers hiking paths that crisscross the park’s large stretches of undeveloped land. It takes 20 minutes to reach the peak where you can marvel at the idyllic views of the sweeping bays and the countryside below. If you want an unparalleled view of the island, there is a tower at the summit that you can climb.
There are many more destinations that await you on Virgin Gorda on your next trip to the Virgin Islands. With the island’s laid back feel, gorgeous beaches, exceptional snorkeling sites, and secluded hiking spots, you can be sure to get the vacation experience you’re after.