The Baths of the Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

Virgin Gorda and The Baths, British Virgin Islands

Virgin Gorda British Virgin IslandsVirgin Gorda is the third-largest and second most populous British Virgin Islands. Christopher Columbus is said to have christened the island as Virgin Gorda, or “Fat Virgin” because it looks like a lady lying on her side.

One of the tourist havens in Virgin Gorda is the unusual geologic formation known as “The Baths,” located on the southern end of the island. The beach at The Baths shows evidence of the island’s past volcanic activities; huge granite boulders strewn all over, some forming natural tidal pools, tunnels, arches and picturesque grottoes that are open to the sea. The largest boulders can go as high as 40 feet! In addition to the splendid snorkeling, the Baths also offers an adventurous hike where you enter the rock formation at one side and climb, crawl, wade, swim and scale your way to the other side–another equally beautiful little bay. The journey takes about an hour, with time of course to stop for photo ops, or to soak in one of the natural pools.

Pro-tip: On a smooth water day, it takes a solid 45 minutes to get to The Baths by boat from St. Thomas. Double that time on rough seas day, which can be exhausting just from the ride. We recommend that you talk with the captain before you decide whether to make the journey to The Baths, depending how the weather is cooperating.