Where is the unique island Virgin Gorda that everyone talks about? It is in the British Virgin Islands. It’s best known for the Baths, a labyrinth of beachside boulders which are intertwined with gorgeous aqua pools and ocean grottoes. White-sand beaches nearby include Spring Bay and Devil’s Bay, plus Savannah Bay farther north. In the island’s mountainous north, trails lead up Gorda Peak to a lookout tower with amazing vistas of surrounding islands.
Virgin Gorda is one of the coolest islands in the Caribbean because while you are walking around the crystal clear blue waters, you are absolutely dwarfed by The Baths’ huge granite boulders. You feel as if the beginnings of the earth where formed here. This enchanting destination is a fantastic place to swim, snorkel, and lay out in the sun.
The Baths of Virgin Gorda
The history of The Baths Virgin Gorda stems from Christopher Columbus who deemed it “Fat Virgin,” on his second voyage to the New World in 1493. He thought it had a similar appearance to a reclining pregnant woman, with Virgin Gorda Peak being her belly and the boulders of The Baths her toes. These grotto like boulders actually originated from molten rock that bubbled up into the existing volcanic rock layers, creating formations that eventually became rounded and quite large. It’s an amazing place to take pictures and explore while swimming or snorkeling.
Fun Facts on Virgin Gorda
British Virgin Islands
8 Square Miles
Copper Mine & Hog Heaven
For history buffs, at the Copper Mine, you can see the remains of the chimney, cistern and mine shaft house with a backdrop of gorgeous water vistas.
To the north side of Virgin Gorda are green rolling hills with exceptional views for you to take in while hiking. Also, enjoy some island cuisine such as roti, conch fritters, salt fish rice and more. You can also see a spectacular view of offshore islands such as Necker Island and Saba Rock.