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.
Situated on the island of Virgin Gorda, You might want even if you are not staying in the vicinity. Even though you won't find a bustling urban center here, many will find this area exactly what they're looking for, especially as a way to escape the crowds.
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.
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.
The snack bar located at this spot is perfect for quick lunches and cold drinks, too. On some days, it may be possible to purchase food from one of the mobile vendors who typically set up shop here.
For your convenience, restrooms are available at The Baths. The water in the area is clear enough for snorkeling, so bring along some equipment if you're wanting to check out the underwater sites. 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.
This beach is positioned on the South West coast of Virgin Gorda; the area hosts attractions such as Copper Mine National Park, which is one of the most conveniently accessible attractions.
History-focused attractions such as Copper Mine Ruins are a wonderful compliment to the scenery of The Baths, plus they allow vacationers to learn more about the Virgin Islands, without straying too far from the coastline.
Beaches are nice for a few hours here and there, but there's plenty else to see during your stay. The table below lists other attractions that are nearby.
|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|
|Historical Site||1.8 mi.||NE||Virgin Gorda|
Nearby, you'll find the town of Spanish Town, which is an area with plenty to do, but yet isn't overcrowded.
The mood here——social and lively, or virtually empty—— will be influenced by everything from the time of day to the capacity of nearby hotels. There are not many large hotels nearby, but it can attract visitors staying at the few small lodgings in the area.
You'll find a decent selection of hotels within a car's reach. Some of the closest possibilities are seen in the list below.
|Fischer's Cove Beach Hotel||1.2||NNE||Hotel|
|Virgin Gorda Village Hotel||2.1||NNE||Hotel|
If you're looking for a place to eat after, or even during, your visit to the beach, you'll have your pick of different cuisines and dining styles nearby. One of the closest places to eat is Top of the Baths. The restaurant has both Caribbean and eclectic dishes on the menu.
Nearby restaurants are listed below.
|Top of the Baths||(284) 495-5497||Caribbean, Eclectic, International||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|
|Water's Edge||(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||--||--||--|
|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|
|Little Dix Bay Pavilion||(284) 495-5555||International||Informal||--||--|
Of course, there are more fantastic beaches besides The Baths on Virgin Gorda.
Travelers may also want to consider Spring Bay, which is an additional nearby Virgin Islands destination. 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.
Maybe The Baths is a perfect spot for you to kick back, and at the same time perhaps not the the ideal fit; in which case you should find a beach with a seclusion factor that suits you.
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