The Baths

Photo credit: © Scott Moran
 

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. The area is also home to some good food at Top of the Baths restaurant and the Mad Dog Restaurant and Bar. The area is easily accessible from Spanish Town via local roads and a nearby carpark.

Positioned on the island of Virgin Gorda, You might want to drop by even if you aren't staying in the vicinity. The beaches in the Virgin Islands aren't usually known for their peace and quiet, but The Baths is less exposed than the others, making it just the right spot for vacationers who aren't fond of huge throngs of tourists.

How to Access The Beach
The Baths are accessible via a path that connects to the nearby car park. The path leading to the beach is fairly long, so be prepared to walk.

Amenities and Ambiance

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. It consists of a series of small pools lying beneath a dome of giant granite boulders that many believe were formed from volcanic activity. Enormous rock formations dot the white sand, providing a beach experience like no other.

If you're suddenly hungry or thirsty, the concession stand at The Baths is the ultimate convenience. On some days, it may be possible to purchase food from one of the mobile vendors who typically operate along this coastline.

This beach has public restrooms——something you'll appreciate if you spend more than a couple of hours here. The water in the area is of good snorkeling quality, so bring your gear if you want to see the underwater world. A favorite spot for tourist groups and cruise ships, The Baths can often get extremely crowded. However, it is easy to see the sights and then head over to some of the other bordering beaches for fine snorkeling.

What's Nearby

Attractions

Travelers will find The Baths on the South West coast of Virgin Gorda. It is near Copper Mine National Park, which is one of the area's attractions.

If you want to learn more about the history of the Virgin Islands, some of the nearby attractions offer a historical perspective of the country. For instance, nearby is Copper Mine Ruins, which is one of the closest historical attractions in the neighborhood of The Baths.

If a visit to the The Baths isn't enough to keep you busy all afternoon, the beach is located near the attractions in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near The Baths
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Copper Mine National Park Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 1.2 mi. ENE Virgin Gorda
Copper Mine Ruins Historical Site 1.2 mi. ENE Virgin Gorda
Little Fort Ruins Historical Site 1.3 mi. NNE Virgin Gorda
Old Methodist Church Historical Site 1.8 mi. NE Virgin Gorda

Cities and Towns

Spanish Town is nearby and is a neat region that strikes a balance between island tranquility and urbanization.

Hotels

Whether this spot is full of bodies or practically empty will be influenced by everything from the time of day to the capacity of nearby hotels. The Baths is not located near many major hotels, but you may see guests from some of the smaller accommodations in the area.

You'll find a good amount of places to stay which can be reached in the car. Some of the closest possibilities are displayed in the following table.

Accommodations near The Baths
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Fischer's Cove Beach Hotel 1.2 NNE Hotel
The Wheelhouse 1.8 NE Hotel
Virgin Gorda Village Hotel 2.1 NNE Hotel

Food

When you're starving for a midday meal, the area around this beach has plenty to offer, so you won't have to wander too far away. One of the closest restaurants is Top of the Baths. The restaurant offers both Caribbean and eclectic cuisines.

The table below lists nearby restaurants.

Restaurants near The Baths
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Top of the Baths (284) 495-5497 Caribbean, Eclectic, International Very Casual -- --
Sugar Apple -- Caribbean Very Casual -- --
CocoMaya Restaurant (284) 495-6344 Asian Fusion, Latin American Informal 1.1 mi. N
Coconut Junction (284) 499-6357 Caribbean, Vegetarian Very Casual -- --
The Reef Restaurant (284) 495-5252 Caribbean Informal 1.2 mi. NNE
Chez Bamboo (284) 495-5752 Asian, Cajun, International Informal -- --
Mine Shaft Cafe (284) 495-5480 Eclectic -- -- --
Anything Goes Bar & Restaurant (284) 495-5244 -- -- -- --
Bath & Turtle Restaurant -- International, Vegetarian Very Casual 1.6 mi. NNE
Mermaid's Dockside Bar & Grill (284) 495-6663 Caribbean Very Casual 1.6 mi. NNE
Rosewood Little Dix Bay Pavilion (284) 495-5555 International Informal 2.2 mi. NNE
Rosewood Little Dix Bay Sugar Mill (284) 495-5555 Caribbean Fine Dining -- --

Other Beaches

There are plenty of beautiful beach locations to choose from on Virgin Gorda, and The Baths is just one option.

If you like the ambiance at this beach, you might also like Leverick Bay, an additional spot which provides sufficient peace and tranquility. On the other hand, The Crawl could provide a little more opportunity for excitement, and isn't far from other tourist hot-spots.

Vacationers may also want to visit Spring Bay, which is close-by and another fun spot in the Virgin Islands. A short swim or walk away from the very popular Baths on Virgin Gorda lies Spring Bay, one of the most stunning beaches on the island, whose clear waters make it a perfect spot for snorkeling.

While the Virgin Islands has many alluring attractions, taking a swim at The Baths is certainly a fun way to enjoy the area's natural attractions.

 

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