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.
You will find several 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. You can click on the beach names for a detailed review of that part of the coast.
A beach scene that offers snorkeling is Little Dix Bay. Located between Casey Bay and Blowing Point, Little Dix Bay offers the feel of a natural island getaway, despite being close to a popular resort. The area's lush green foliage envelope everything but the white, soft sands and the turquoise blue waters.
Another place worth considering is Big Trunk Bay. The beach is accessible via a small path off of Ridge Road or by anchoring in the bay.
Savannah Bay: Savannah Bay, located on Virgin Gorda, provides an incredible beach experience. The generous stretch of soft sand provides visitors with the perfect place to lay back and the lack of development almost guarantees that the beach will be free of tourists.
These examples are only some of what's on the island. To reach our detailed guide to beaches, use this link.
Do you enjoy exploring the history of the places you visit? If so, you might want to visit some of these historical sites during your vacation.
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 popular destination is Copper Mine Ruins. It can be found at Copper Mine National Park and located 1.1 mi. South-Southeast of central Spanish Town. Surrounding the ruin of the mine itself are granite rock outcroppings and quartz, tin copper, clay, and feldspar deposits. Also included here are the ruins of the housing area of the Cornish miners that kept the mine in operation.
View this table to find out more about historic sites in and around the area.
|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|
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One of the worthwhile outdoor attractions is Little Fort National Park. 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.
A second place to consider visiting is Copper Mine National Park. 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.
Fortunately, you'll find plenty of other options too. Those wanting to get more information concerning natural attractions in and near the area, can do so by clicking on this link.
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