Virgin Gorda Attractions

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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

There are an abundance of beaches to visit on the island. Snorkeling is available at several locations, for those who enjoy the underwater scene. Just click on the beach names to get additional information concerning that section of the coast.

One beach that offers snorkeling is The Baths. The Baths, with its maze of random sea pools and canopy of exquisite boulders is a site that should not be missed. Wandering through the waters and trying to find a way out is always a fun adventure.

Another good option for snorkelers 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.

Luckily, the area is home to plenty of other beaches to choose from on the island. To learn about more beaches available, navigate to this page.

Historical Sites

Do you enjoy discovering the historical roots of places you visit? If so, you should consider visiting one or two of these historical sites 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.

Another common landmark for vacationers is Copper Mine Ruins. It can be found at 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.

Be sure to look through this table to see 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

Copper Mine National Park is one of the more frequently visited outdoor attractions. 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.

Little Fort National Park is another local attraction you might like. 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.

Needless to say, you will find some other options too. Those needing to find out more concerning natural attractions on and around the island, can learn more here.

 

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