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.

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.

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.

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.

What's Nearby


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.

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

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.

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


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.

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
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 -- -- --
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
Little Dix Bay Pavilion (284) 495-5555 International Informal -- --

Other Beaches

Of course, there are more fantastic beaches besides The Baths on Virgin Gorda.

You might also enjoy Leverick Bay, another area that provides ample time for relaxation. Still, if you're searching for something a little more active, you might find that The Crawl is just right.

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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