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Virgin Gorda Travel Guide
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Welcome to Virgin Gorda (VG) on the Paradise Islands website; the second largest island in the British Virgin Islands group. The island was discovered in 1493 by Christopher Columbus and the name means "fat virgin" as it reminded him of a reclining women when seen from a distance.

Gorda is 12 miles from the main BVI island of Tortola and west of Anguilla. VG is approximately ten square miles in a long narrow shape featuring uninhabited beaches a mountainous interior. It is generally considered to be the most scenic of the BVI and less developed than Tortola.

Savannah and Pond Bays Virgin Gorda

 

One of the main tourist attractions to visit are The Baths. Located on the southwest tip of Gorda you will find the most famous beaches where huge boulders are stacked a strewn amongst the white powder sand and palm trees. The labyrinth of caves and caverns created by the massive boulders gives way to Devil's Bay with truly breathtaking scenery and a must for any visitor.

Nail Bay

The Baths Virgin Gorda

Nail Bay

The Baths

 

VG has both stunning beaches and mountains. On the south end of the island it is fairly flat with white powdery beaches, the main settlement of Spanish Town and VG Yacht Harbour. Regular ferries operate to the yacht harbour from both Road Town on Tortola and Charlotte Amalie on St Thomas.

Leverick Bay Virgin Gorda

Along the centre of VG and the north shore there are hills and peaks with lush vegetation. Gorda Peak (known as the belly of the Virgin) is the highest point on the island at 366 metres and is surrounded by mahogany trees.

The Peak provides panoramic views of many of the smaller BVI including Cooper Island and Peter Island Resort to the south and over the North Sound to Necker Island Resort and Anegada in the north.

Devil's Bay Virgin Gorda

The isle has a small number of upmarket hotels and resorts including the Bitter End Yacht Club in the north of the island. Little Dix Bay, facing Sir Frances Drake Channel, was the very first luxury resort in the BVI and built in the sixties by Laurence Rockefeller; and the quiet and secluded Biras Creek Estate. To supplement the luxury resorts, Virgin Gorda has around twenty private villas to rent.
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Quick Facts

Main Town
Spanish Town

Language
English

Currency
US Dollar

Island Size
8 Square Miles

Population
3,700
 

Virgin Gorda Map

Virgin Gorda Baths

The Baths

Savannah Bay

Savannah Bay

Little Dix Bay

Little Dix Bay

Spanish Town

Spanish Town

Image map of The Baths, Virgin Gorda with names overlaid on the photo

Baths Aerial Map

Nail Bay

Nail Bay

Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour

Yacht Harbour

Spring Bay

Spring Bay

Copper Mine

The Copper Mine

North Sound

North Sound