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.
You will find a large selection of beaches to consider on the island. Snorkeling is an option at some of the beaches, if some of the people in your group enjoy the underwater scene. Click on the name of the beach for a detailed article concerning that specific beach.
If you want to snorkel, a beach providing that option 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 choice 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.
These examples are only a few of the available choices. To read our detailed page about beaches, read this article.
Do you enjoy learning some of the historical roots of the places you visit? If so, you might enjoy visiting some of these historical sites during your time on Virgin Gorda.
Little Fort Ruins is a historical site on the edge of Virgin Gorda. A small fort and wildlife sanctuary, this site is not exactly easy to access. Experienced hikers and those who are up for a challenge will be rewarded with the chance to explore a historic military compound and spot a number of unique plants.
Another landmark that often intrigues visitors is Copper Mine Ruins. It is found within Copper Mine National Park and located within 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.
Review the table just below to read more about sites of historical interest on the island.
|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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Assuming you enjoy spending time outdoors will frequently have a good 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. 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.
Another local attraction you should consider visiting 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 other natural attractions. Take advantage of this page regarding natural attractions on and around Virgin Gorda if you want to get more information.
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