Spanish Town Attractions

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Spanish Town is the largest settlement on Virgin Gorda, and home to the most popular attraction as well: the Baths.  This unique set of boulders located on the beach are not the only reason to check out the otherwise quiet island.  These include ruins, beaches, and national parks, but it is important to note that all sites of significance are located outdoors. 

Beaches

Savannah Bay

You will discover a large number of beaches to consider in and around the area. Snorkeling is available at some of these beaches, if some of the people in your group enjoy the underwater scene. Just click on the name of the beach to get additional information about that individual beach.

If you are looking for a snorkeling spot, a beach worth considering is Little Dix Bay. Little Dix Bay, located on Virgin Gorda, features outstanding blue waters and soft, white sand. The area is maintained by the local Rosewood resort and features palm trees and lush green hills.

Another location that beach-goers can consider is Big Trunk Bay. Trunk Bay is nestled in seclusion on Virgin Gorda's western shore. The beach can only be reached by boat or by hiking through the gully stream off of Ridge Road.

Savannah Bay: Savannah Bay is a meandering, long stretch of white sand that is situated in north central Virgin Gorda. The pristine beach is backed by lush vegetation and leads down to sparkling aqua waters.

Needless to say, you can find a full range of beaches in and around the area. To read about other beaches available, read this article.

Historical Sites

If you enjoy learning about the historical roots of an unfamiliar place, you might want to visit some of these historical sites while on vacation in Spanish Town.

Little Fort Ruins is a historical site The property covers 36 acres on a hillside and includes a small fort, a masonry, and a munitions store. All are in ruins and the entirety of the site is completely undeveloped.

Another interesting landmark worth visiting is Copper Mine Ruins. It is situated at Copper Mine National Park and located 1.1 mi. South-Southeast of central Spanish Town. Copper was first mined on the island during the 18th century, but it was during the 19th century that Cornish miners built this mine to use for shipments back to Europe. It closed shortly therafter in 1862, and today the ruins make for a great attraction.

Be sure to look at this table to read more about sites of historical interest in and around the area.

Historic Sites In and Around Spanish Town
Name Phone Location
Copper Mine Ruins (284) 852-3650 1.1 mi. South-Southeast of Central Spanish Town
Little Fort Ruins (284) 852-3650 0.3 mi. West-Southwest of Central Spanish Town
Old Methodist Church -- 0.2 mi. East-Northeast of Central Spanish Town

Natural Attractions

Copper Mine National Park

One of the more frequently visited natural attractions is Little Fort National Park. <p>Justin behind an old post office in Fort Point are the ruins of a small fort that is not easily accessed by those who don't know the area. Established as a national park in 1978, it was done in order to protect local wildlife.</p>

Copper Mine National Park is another outdoor attraction you might enjoy. <p>Copper Mine National Park was originally used by the Spanish in the 16th century, though evidence exists that suggest the indigenous people of Virgin Gorda may have built mines even earlier. Mining was done at this spot on and off until 1867, and the ruins that exist today were built in 1838. The mines were rarely profitable and left to the elements, which has taken its toll on the structures here. Tourists enjoy touring these haunting ruins as well as the view of the ocean that is truly something to behold.</p>

Needless to say, you'll find additional choices too. Use this link to check out our article concerning natural attractions in and around the area.

 

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