Virgin Gorda

Overview

Introduction

On Virgin Gorda, the hallmarks of a British Virgin Islands vacation—scenery, relaxation and the sea—become even more pronounced. You won't find a lot of activities on Virgin Gorda, but if you enjoy superb snorkeling, scuba diving, sailing and small-scale exclusive resorts, you'll be quite pleased. Because there's only one tiny town—Spanish Town—visitors spend most of their time unwinding at a resort or beach or enjoying the sea.

Although it's a small island, Virgin Gorda's landscape is diverse, with the south rather flat (though partially covered with granite boulders) and the north mountainous (one peak reaches more than 1,300 ft/400 m). Four islands lie very close to its north: Drake's Island (also called Mosquito Island), Prickly Pear Island, Necker Island and Eustatia Island. A group of islands called the Dogs lies to its west.

The granite boulders in the south attract many visitors to Virgin Gorda. An area called The Baths is a must-see and one of the most photographed areas of the British Virgin Islands.

Note: The British Virgin Islands sustained severe damage during Hurricanes Irma and Maria in September 2017. Recovery will take months or even years. Travelers should investigate current conditions prior to planning a visit.

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