Attractions on Virgin Gorda

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The pace of life on Virgin Gorda is a little slower than what you're probably used to back home, and your every day activities will almost always take place outdoors.  Aside from the highly sought after attraction in Spanish Town called The Baths, there are several other beaches along the south coast worth checking out, in addition to several national parks.  Otherwise, tourists tend to spend their days diving, snorkeling, fishing, sailing, and bar-hopping. 

Beaches

The Baths

You will discover an abundance of beaches to consider on the island. Snorkeling is available at some locations, if some of the people in your group are so inclined. Click on each beach name to get additional information about that particular location.

A local beach with snorkeling is The Baths. The Baths is the most famous national park on the island and it will probably come to no surprise to most that it was ranked as one of the "Best Beaches on Earth" by Travel + Leisure in 2013 and earned a similar title in 2014 from Trip Advisor. The magazine made note that it was the best beach on earth for dramatic landscaping.

Another good option for visitors who enjoy snorkeling is Vixen Point. Located on Prickly Pear Island, Vixen Point is a great spot for many of the more popular beach time activities like beach combing, snorkeling, and swimming. Vixen is the most popular beach on the island, and can be very crowded when a cruise ship is nearby.

Leverick Bay: Leverick Bay is a sparkling velvet sand beach sitting adjacent to a handful of villas and rental properties. A pier is on the south side of the beach, after which the beach gets gray and rockier.

Needless to say, the area is home to a nice selection of choices for beaches on the island. For a more comprehensive look at this topic, read this guide.

Historical Sites

In case you enjoy experiencing the history of foreign countries, you might enjoy visiting a few of these historical attractions while on vacation on Virgin Gorda.

Little Fort Ruins is a historical site on the edge of Virgin Gorda. 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.

Many travelers also choose to visit Copper Mine Ruins. It is a part of Copper Mine National Park and located in southwestern Virgin Gorda. 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.

Take some time to look through the following table for information concerning historic sites on the island.

Historic Sites On Virgin Gorda
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

Tourists who enjoy natural surroundings will probably enjoy spending some time at 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.

Another attraction that needs mentioning 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.

Virgin Gorda has additional natural attractions. You can go to this extended discussion which is all about natural attractions on and around the island if you want some more specifics.

 

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