Virgin Gorda is a special place to me. First, it takes a bit of an effort to get there, and as the anticipation builds, the views get better and better. Think pirates, caves, baths, and beautiful ships surrounding the shoreline. Nothing beats a trail hike and swim through the baths, and sipping on a Pain Killer cocktail in pure paradise. No wonder this is a famous getaway for stars like Richard Branson! Both of my visits to Virgin Gorda were via Tortola.
Regular ferries run from St. Thomas to Tortola’s Road Town, the company is called Road Town Fast Ferry. I highly recommend this service if coming from St. Thomas. Ferries also run from Tortola to Virgin Gorda, Spanish Town. You can look into Speedy’s ferry service, for regularly scheduled daily departures. If you’re coming from USVI, you will need to clear customs in Tortola, since Virgin Gorda is apart of the BVI. Taxis also run regularly from the ferry dock in Spanish Town, to the Virgin Gorda Baths. If you are traveling via cruise ship, you can take a convenient private speed boat to Virgin Gorda (from Tortola) once you disembark your ship. Flying direct is also an option, however more expensive.
Amazing. The sky high boulders in this National Park are BVI’s most sought after attraction. Once you reach the beach, you will see hammocks, shaded areas and massive rock formations aligning the shore. The rocks have formed grottos, filled with turquoise blue water rushing in and out through the cave formations. I recommend wearing water shoes while venturing through the caves to Devil’s Bay. You will be climbing up makeshift ladders, squeezing through tight boulders, and wading through tide pools. Aw, but once you reach the beautiful beach, it’s worth every step. Also, arrive early! This place gets busier and busier each year with tourists. Like other famous islands I’ve wrote about, I always suggest to arrive early in the morning or late afternoon. Otherwise you’ll be sharing with cruise ship passengers hauling in, resort guests, and private yachts who have just moored.
Where to Eat
“Top of the Baths” is a destination in itself. As if dining on spiced “Boulder wings” and “Conch Fritters” while overlooking the most beautiful Caribbean views isn’t even enough, you can even take a dip in the venues swimming pool. The dining are is self seating, casual and provides a “flip flop” friendly atmosphere.
Have you been to Virgin Gorda? I highly recommend giving the BVI’s a try! I promise you wont be disappointed.