Boating and Sailing Near Virgin Gorda

From day trips to extended adventures at sea, the waters of Virgin Gorda must be explored

Virgin Gorda has a long coast that is littered with places to dock. From private hotel piers to yacht clubs and marinas, boating and Virgin Gorda go well together. In Addition, the Virgin Islands Chain has plenty of smaller islands scattered among the sea, perfect for excursions and day-trips – which charter companies are happy to offer.

If you just want to enjoy some time on the water, without the stress and cost associated with renting a boat you should take a day sailing excursion. Wondering what it's like to go along for the ride? Take a look at the chart that follows to obtain contact phone numbers for area day sailing companies.

Boat Excursions
Name Phone Location Island
B&B Charters (284) 496-9341 Leverick Bay Marina - Leverick Bay Virgin Gorda
C&D Power Boat Rentals (284) 495-1401 3.9 mi. (6.2 km) East-Northeast of Road Town Tortola
La Boheme Charters (284) 541-4861 Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbor - Spanish Town Virgin Gorda
Sea It Clear (284) 343-9537 North Sound - Spanish Town Virgin Gorda

Considering chartering a boat or yacht? The following table enables you to contact area charter companies.

Charter and Rental Services
Name Phone Location Island
B&B Charters (284) 541-9341 B&B Charters - Leverick Bay Virgin Gorda
Dream Yacht Charters (284) 345-2185 Hodge's Creek Marina - 3.2 mi. (5.1 km) East of Road Town Tortola
Epic Yacht Charters (954) 543-1270 Downtown Road Town Tortola
TRC Boat Rentals & Charters (284) 546-0026 3.9 mi. (6.2 km) East-Northeast of Road Town Tortola

Docking

Throughout the Caribbean, the British Virgin Islands serves as one of the top yachting destinations. Each year sailors arrive in droves, typically stopping at some of the smaller out islands that are only accessible by watercraft. People who plan to explore these little islets and cayes will find Virgin Gorda to be a great home base, particularly because the North Sound is home to numerous islets like Prickly Pear National Park, Saba Rock, and Eustatia Sound. Just out from the west coast of the island sailors will also encounter a small group is islets called “the Dogs.”

When you arrive on Virgin Gorda you will first stop at Gun Creek Ferry Dock, which has only recently been declared an official Port of Entry for the British Virgin Islands. All vessels are required to immediately clear in, and if you arrive after hours you'll need to fly your yellow "Q" flag and simply wait offshore until an official is available.  If you call ahead, you may be able to arrange for an after hours inspection.  When you do meet with an official you'll need to present the ships papers as well as a passport for each passenger and crew member.  U.S. and Canadian citizens only need a notorized copy of their birth certificate to enter, but in order to return to either country a passport will be necessary.  

From there, you have many choices regarding where you'll dock your boat. The Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbor in Spanish Town is particularly popular because of its wide range of facilities. Mosquito Rock, Vixen Point, and the Bitter End Yacht Club in NSX North Sound Ferry Dock offer anchorages, as does Mountain Point which is Northeast of Mahoe Bay.

Planning to travel to Virgin Gorda using your own vessel, or a vessel you charter elsewhere? See the chart that follows for basic information for area marinas.

Anchorages and Marinas
Name Phone Location
Biras Creek Marina (800) 223-1108 Oil Nut Bay
Bitter End Yacht Club (800) 872-2392 North Sound
Leverick Bay Marina (284) 495-7421 Leverick Bay Resort & Marina - Santu Patia
Quarterdeck Club Marina (284) 494-2745 Bitter End Yacht Club - Oil Nut Bay
Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbor (284) 495-5500 Spanish Town
YCCS Marina (284) 393-2000 5.6 mi. (9.0 km) Northeast of Spanish Town
Nearby Anchorages
Location Latitude Longitude
Dog Bay - 4.0 mi. (6.4 km) Northeast of Spanish Town 18.4816752606 -64.3840456009
Bakers Bay - 4.5 mi. (7.2 km) Northeast of Spanish Town 18.4918408474 -64.3819856644
Pond Bay - 1.8 mi. (2.9 km) Northeast of Spanish Town 18.4689757697 -64.4155454636
Robins Bay - 5.1 mi. (8.3 km) Northeast of Spanish Town 18.4919222465 -64.3694114685
Malone Bay - 4.5 mi. (7.3 km) Northeast of Spanish Town 18.4985561456 -64.388422966
Little Bay - 5.5 mi. (8.8 km) Northeast of Spanish Town 18.4932042777 -64.3639612198
Cow Bay - Mosquito Island 18.5058816152 -64.3987226486
Prickly Pear National Park - Prickly Pear Island 18.5085921411 -64.3720185757
Vixen Point - Prickly Pear Island 18.5030735617 -64.3601846695
South Bay - Mosquito Island 18.5117765367 -64.390193224
Eustatia Sound - Prickly Pear Island 18.5096603971 -64.3619227383
St Thomas Bay - Spanish Town 18.4487752893 -64.4405651093

Throughout the waters surrounding Virgin Gorda there are so many unique spots to explore that at the very least a day sail with a local charter company is highly recommended. Still, if you've got the skills to captain your own vessel, a sail to this destination is certainly one to consider.

 

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