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.

Located on the island of Virgin Gorda, You should think about stopping by even if you aren't staying nearby. The Baths is one of those beautiful but fun beaches that is never really too crowded, even though its not far from some of the Virgin Islands' best hotspots.

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.

Even if you plan to dine elsewhere, the snack bar on-site could come in handy. You might also have the option to try local specialties from one of the local vendors who typically set up shop here.

The Baths does have public restrooms for your convenience. Fortunately, the water here is clear and good for snorkeling, so bring along some gear if you've been hoping to get in some underwater exploration. 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

You'll find this beach on the South West coast of Virgin Gorda; it's located near attractions like Copper Mine National Park, which is one of the closest attractions.

If you're intrigued by the Virgin Islands' history, there are nearby attractions where you can learn about their culture and traditions. For instance, nearby is Copper Mine Ruins, which is one of the closest locations with historical significance near The Baths.

With a selection of nearby activities, you'll never run low on things to do. The following table contains a list of the closest attractions.

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

The Baths is close to Spanish Town, so travelers staying in town won't have far to go. Not far away you'll find Spanish Town, a city which is in an area with plenty of worthwhile sites, while still remaining less developed and congested as some other places.

Hotels

Whether or not you encounter a lot of other visitors will be influenced by everything from the time of day to the capacity of nearby hotels. The area is not home to many major hotels, but you may see visitors from some of the area's smaller options.

You'll find a decent amount of places to stay within driving distance. A list of the closest options have been displayed 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

Food

If you start getting hungry during your afternoon at the shore, the area around this beach has plenty to offer, and you won't have to look too far away. One of the nearest places to eat is Top of the Baths. This restaurant serves both Caribbean and eclectic dishes on the menu.

The following table provides a list of dining options near this beach.

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, so The Baths is not your only option.

Another location you might enjoy is Leverick Bay, an additional spot which provides ample time for relaxation. More active guests, though, may be interested in The Crawl, which offers more action, and isn't far from additional things to do and see nearby.

You might also want to visit Spring Bay, another favorite sun-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.

The Virgin Islands has some unforgettable natural wonders to explore, and The Baths offers just one way to spend time outdoors.

 

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