Virgin Gorda

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Virgin Gorda

British Virgin Islands


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Location: 18°28’55"N, 64°23’21"W
Area: 8 square miles

Virgin Gorda is an island of the British Virgin Islands; the third-largest of them (after Tortola and Anegada) and second most populous of the territory. The island covers an area of about 8 square miles. Christopher Columbus is said to have named the island "The Fat Virgin", because the island's profile on the horizon looks like a fat woman lying on her side.

The main town is Spanish Town on the south-western 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 BVI's major tourist destinations. At The Baths, the beach shows evidence of the island's 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 island's 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.


  • Ferries: from Tortola
  • Air: to Virgin Gorda Airport
  • Boat: Private boats are available, and water taxis

Most visitors come to Virgin Gouda by sea. Tourists come from neighbouring islands such as Tortola and St Thomas (in the American Virgin Islands) by boat and return to these islands for air transportation.



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