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're simply wanting to enjoy some time on the water, without the cost and responsibility associated with renting a boat you should take a day sailing excursion. Curious about this option? Take a look at the listing below to get contact information for area day sailing companies.

Boat Excursions
Name Phone Location
B&B Charters (284) 496-9341 Leverick Bay Marina - Leverick Bay
Island Rydes Boat Charters (284) 541-3068 3.2 mi. (5.1 km) North-Northeast of Spanish Town
La Boheme Charters (284) 541-4861 Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbor - Spanish Town
Sea It Clear (284) 343-9537 Spanish Town
Spirit Of Anegada Day Sails (284) 499-0901 Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbor - Spanish Town

Considering the option of renting a boat? You can take a look at this chart if you want to contact a charter operator serving this area.

Charter and Rental Services
Name Phone Location Island
B&B Charters (284) 541-9341 B&B Charters - Leverick Bay Virgin Gorda
Dream Yacht Charters -- 3.2 mi. (5.1 km) East of Road Town Tortola
TRC Boat Rentals & Charters (284) 546-0026 3.9 mi. (6.3 km) East-Northeast of Road Town Tortola
The Moorings BVI (888) 979-0673 Road Town Tortola


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.

Are you going to travel to Virgin Gorda in your own vessel, or a charter from another location? The following table provides a quick summary of marinas in the area.

Anchorages and Marinas
Name Phone Location
Biras Creek Marina (800) 223-1108 Oil Nut Bay
Bitter End Yacht Club (800) 872-2392 Oil Nut Bay
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

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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