the beauty of the island & the wonderful people who live there
Probably the best thing I have seen in the Caribbean.
This is a small area within the Baths called Devils Bay Beach and Trail---the trail goes in and around large boulders sometimes in shallow water and sometimes dry rock and ends up at a pretty little beach for snorkling or just sunning. Stunning photo opportunity on the walk thru----more
Spring Bay is next door to the Baths National Trust park. It too is littered with the same huge black granite boulders, though not quite as many, and the beach is actually prettier and more accessible. But it's mostly the locals and returning VG guests who go to Spring Bay to avoid the crowds. One night each week the Little Dix Bay Resort holds a...more
The long winding steep road to North Sound at one point passes a trailhead tto Virgin Gorda Peak that's rather obscurely marked, but keep watching for it on your left as your little rental 4WD struggles & downshifts near the top. htere was no clear parking area by the trailhead, but you could pull over a little ways back to park.For a great...more
This is a lavish full-service resort that should satisfy most honeymooners' dreams of a romantic...more
Berchers Bay, Virgin Gorda, Barbados
Good for: Business
Mango Bay Resort offers beachfront, oceanview or gardenview villas on a lovely secluded sandy beach...more
I start drooling when I think of the buffet offerings at Little Dix Bay. There are salads and all kinds of apetizers. There are several varieties of main courses plus a cook to grill you a stake or make you a burger. And my favorite part, a whole table of desserts. Oh, the desserts, cakes, cookies, pastries... This is absolutely worth every penny...more
Great restaurant. DO NOT DRESS UP!!! The wait staff was adorned with tuxes, so I made the mistake of wearing pants and a dress shirt. Everyone else looked like they just got off a boat that they'd been on for quite a while (but they were comfortable, unlike myself).Outside dining with a terrific view of a bay. Everything was great.more
Good value popular casual dining in the main courtyard of the Spanish Town Harbor Mall. Open from 8:30am for breakfast, lunch & dinner, with bar & live music several nights a week. Good burgers, pizzas, seafood, wraps, rotis, salads, fish & chips, in addition to various specials.more
Remember, this isn't road Town or Charlotte Amalie, so it cannot support a wild night life. That being said, I think they do a really good job of entertaining their guests every week on VG. You just have to ask where to go. The bartender at the Bath & Turtle, your dive master at Dive BVI, the receptionist at your hotel...just ask them all, and...more
The Rock Cafe features a piano bar indoors every night of the week, with a speaker set up for the diners outdoors. the music is generally geared towrards the middle aged sailing & cruising set, but the quality of the performers I heard there was terrific. Maybe Elton John isn't your thing, but the 2 young UK pianists would've wowed him too with...more
There is no nightlife in Virgin Gorda. OK, so September is the slowest month, but I can't imagine it's any different in high season. I'm not complaining, we weren't looking to dance until 2 am. We did listen to a guitar player at Little Dix Bay's bar after having dinner there and it was very nice, but there is nothing to do after dark. Almost...more
Here's what NOT to do:I took an American Airlines flight from Florida to San Juan, Puerto Rico. Then I had to catch an American Eagle flight to Beef Island, BVI. Then I had to get a ferry from Trellis Bay on Beef Island to Spanish Town on Virgin Gorda, and a cab from there to FIscher's Cove Hotel. All this after spending the previous day flying...more
This ferry starts every day at Trellis Bay on Beef Island, then zooms over to the main Valley dock in Spanish Town, then Leverick Bay Resort & Marina, and lastly the Bitter End Yacht Club (which cannot be reached by road). It is fast - and I do mean fast! Don't stand up while it's up & running (strictly forbidden), and forget about taking pictures...more
We took Speedy's Ferry from Road Town, Tortola to Virgin Gorda. It was $25/person roundtrip and took about 25 minutes each way. The ferry runs several times each day, so you can easily plan a trip here.We really didn't want to rent a car when we got here, but it was the most sensible thing to do. Everyone told us that it was about a 2 mile walk...more
For those of you who opt to stay at the North Sound end of the island, Leverick Bay is the best spot for provisioning & shopping. There is not only a full service resort & marina with the Chef's Pantry store, but a small mall with an art gallery, jewelry store, clothing store and another Dive BVI shop location, and several restaurants & bars. See...more
You must visit Aragorn's Studio if you get a chance on Beef Island's Trellis Bay. Aragorn is locally famous in the British Virgin Islands for promoting the arts & crafts of island artists and specifically working to promote the work of the few remaining native Carib Indians. See specifics on my Beef Island page's Shopping Tips.For information about...more
The people are so nice and friendly here, you really can't go wrong. A common custom in the Caribbean is to say "good morning" in the morning as a greeting---before doing business with someone---and "Good Afternoon" is used between noon and 5pm. Again, the people in Virgin Gorda are probably among the friendliest in the BVI and USVI.
The Devil's Bay Trail goes from the main beach at the bottom of the hundreds of steps (exaggeration) down from the top of the Baths to Devil's Bay beach. It is a challenging trail and most of the time you are either walking in water or climbing on rocks. Some of the more difficult places to climb were aided by wooden stairs or a rope. I did not...more
When you are new to diving, it's easy to be unaware of your overall bulk, e.g. your tanks, and to allow things like a camera dangling from your wrist or a loose gauge that's not properly attached to your BCD to knock up against the fragile coral.Those little pieces you inadvertently break off took decades to grow, and the bigger chunks took a...more
This photo happened to be taken at the precise moment that another diver clonked me on the head with a very heavy underwater camera, hence the stoopid wide-eyed look I'm wearing. He wasn't used to using UW cameras, and really didn't even notice that he'd let it fall down and hit me, but he actually drew blood. And probably broke off a bit of coral...more
I don't think the concept of "Tourist Trap" has made it over to Virgin Gorda yet. You should probably try to get there before it does. Everyone was open,honest & friendly - yikes, tell me I'm not helping to ruin that by writing this page on VG!!!
Get a waterproof belt pouch for your valuables! I've used one ever since getting ripped off on St. Maarten, whenever I am swimming or snorkeling. Reef thongs & or sport sandals, and some reef booties that get good traction on wet rocks are a good idea too. Sarongs for us girls, I live in them when in the tropics; one that's not too obviously...more
Travel light if you are day tripping to Virgin Gorda. You don't want more then a back pack. Bring something that leaves your hands free. Bring the minimum or you will have to haul it through the trail to the baths! Waterproof bags are nice! Wear your swim suit on the ferry with a shirt. Pack dry clothes in a bag for after and put them on when you...more
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The Baths are unique & wonderful, but ask the people who live here for some tips on other lovely spots to see that might surprise you. HIke to the top of Gorda Peak, go see the Coppermine, visit Leverick Bay - yeah, I've detailed these already in my Things To Do tips, so have a look and try some of them out, instead of hanging with 5o bazillion...more
Everything above 1,000 feet is considered national park in the BVI.The 265 acre park at the forested peak near the island's center has hiking trails leading to an observation point.This is called Virgin Gorda Peak Park.From the observation tower you have a great view of many islands and cays.more
one of the best and most popular dived in the BVI. You can swim over the outline of the ship where she broke up. The HMS Rhone was a Royal Mail Steam Packet Ship which had both sail power and a steam driven propellor. In August of 1867 a storm blew up and the captain thought it was too late in the season for a hurricane, that it was just a...more
This island is a snorkeler's heaven, with lovely reefs close to shore and an abundance of sea life all around you. See Things To Do tips about Little Dix Bay & Savannah Bay for particulars. I bring my own snorkel mask & fins with me on island trips, so I won't have to hassle with renting them. For some great small lightweight snorkel fins, check...more
Great place to swim and sun later in the day when the cruise ship crowds have left.
Just a great place to relax away from the St. Thomas crowds.