The Crawl

The Crawl, 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.

Set on the island of Virgin Gorda, You might want to drop by even if you are not staying very close. Vacationers who want their beach to have a little bit of everything——a hint of seclusion, with a somewhat social scene—— may want to give The Crawl a try. It's just slightly removed from the center of it all, but it also doesn't completely lack a social atmosphere.

How to Access The Beach
The Crawl is 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 nearby Baths is the most famous national park on the island and the Crawl shares beach access with it. 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.

Unfortunately, you won't find any public restrooms along this coastline, so those of you traveling with small children may want to consider another spot. The water here is clear enough for snorkeling, so bring your gear if you're wanting to check out the underwater sites.

What's Nearby

Attractions

This spot is on the South West coast of Virgin Gorda. It's located near Copper Mine National Park, which is within a distance that tourists could probably walk or take a cab to, and it is one of the local attractions.

History-focused attractions such as Copper Mine Ruins are a great compliment to the natural beauty of The Crawl, and they give vacationers the chance to learn more about the Virgin Islands, without having to leave the coast. Actually, you'll find this spot one and a quarter miles from this place of historical significance.

With the choice of exciting activities nearby, you'll never run out of ways to stay busy. Attractions close to this beach can be found in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near The Crawl
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Copper Mine National Park Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 1.3 mi. ENE Virgin Gorda
Copper Mine Ruins Historical Site 1.3 mi. ENE Virgin Gorda
Little Fort Ruins Historical Site 1.4 mi. NNE Virgin Gorda
Old Methodist Church Historical Site 1.8 mi. NE Virgin Gorda

Cities and Towns

Spanish Town is the closest town and is an interesting area that brings together the quietude of the Caribbean and the urbanization of city life. From the beach, Spanish Town is a quick trip away, about a mile and a half (two and a half kilometers).

Hotels

Whether or not you encounter many other people will be influenced by everything from the time of day to the capacity of nearby hotels. The Crawl is not located near many major hotels, but you may see guests staying at the few small lodgings in the area.

You'll find a decent amount of lodgings which can be reached in the car. Some of the closest possibilities can be viewed in the table below.

Accommodations near The Crawl
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Fischer's Cove Beach Hotel 1.3 NNE Hotel
The Wheelhouse 1.9 NE Hotel
Virgin Gorda Village Hotel 2.2 NNE Hotel

Food

Even after a restful afternoon at the beach, the day isn't truly complete until you eat at an area restaurant, where you can try foods you've never heard of before, without going too far from the coast. One of the nearest places to eat is Top of the Baths. This restaurant has both Caribbean and eclectic dishes on the menu.

The table below provides a list of nearby dining options.

Restaurants near The Crawl
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 1.2 mi. N
Coconut Junction (284) 499-6357 Caribbean, Vegetarian Very Casual 1.2 mi. NNE
The Reef Restaurant (284) 495-5252 Caribbean Informal 1.3 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 -- -- 1.7 mi. NNE
Bath & Turtle Restaurant -- International, Vegetarian Very Casual 1.7 mi. NNE
Mermaid's Dockside Bar & Grill (284) 495-6663 Caribbean Very Casual 1.7 mi. NNE
Rosewood Little Dix Bay Pavilion (284) 495-5555 International Informal 2.3 mi. NNE
Rosewood Little Dix Bay Sugar Mill (284) 495-5555 Caribbean Fine Dining 2.3 mi. NNE

Other Beaches

Of course, you'll find other beaches besides The Crawl on Virgin Gorda.

You might also enjoy Leverick Bay, located a brief car or taxi trip away. More active guests, though, may be interested in The Baths, which offers a little more opportunity for excitement, and isn't far from nearby attractions.

You might also want to visit Spring Bay, located a half mile away. 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 area offers plenty of picturesque views and exciting attractions, visiting The Crawl or the other beautiful beaches in the area can make your time in the Virgin Islands even more memorable.

 

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