Virgin Gorda is the third-largest (after Tortola and Anegada) and second most populated of the British Virgin Islands. The dramatically shaped island of Virgin Gorda reminded Christopher Columbus of a reclining woman, so he named it Virgin Gorda, the Fat Virgin.
Measuring just eight-and-a-half-miles long, Virgin Gorda is the third largest in the island chain. Dramatic slopes plunge from Gorda Peak to the turquoise waters far below.
Not many islands offer the range of exclusive resorts, some of them the last word in understated elegance. There are other resorts accessible only by boat. The choice of restaurants will please the most discriminating palate.
By mid-morning in Virgin Gorda, the sun lovers would have settled down on one of the many deserted beaches that fringe the island: Savannah Bay, Handsome Bay, or Big Trunk Bay.
If you do not want to spend the day on a beach, there are plenty of other activities. You could explore The Baths, where huge boulders seem to have been arranged by a playful giant to provide a myriad of rock pools, secret beaches, and trails.
Visit the Copper Mine standing guard against the blue Atlantic. Or just spend the morning at a hillside restaurant cooled by gentle breezes while you watch the ferries cross the North Sound far below.
The main town is Spanish Town on the southwestern part of the island.
An unusual geologic formation known as The Baths, located on the southern end of the island, makes Virgin Gorda one of the BVIs major tourist destinations. At The Baths, the beach shows evidence of the islands volcanic origins, as huge granite boulders lie in piles on the beach, forming scenic grottoes that are open to the sea.
North of the Baths is the Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour, formerly owned Little Dix Bay. The most notable ruin on Virgin Gorda is the old Copper Mine. In the islands North Sound is the high-end Bitter End Yacht Club, now a five-star resort. Also located on the island is Rosewood Little Dix Bay, a four diamond resort offering luxury villas and suites as well as an award winning spa.