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.

Located on the island of Virgin Gorda, You might think about stopping by even if you aren't staying nearby. Many of the beaches in the Virgin Islands are quiet and secluded, but The Crawl offers those same relaxation qualities without having to travel too far from the buzz of the city.

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, restrooms will not be available here, but you may be able to find facilities at a nearby business. You'll find the waters off-shore to be clear and good for snorkeling, so grab your gear if you're hoping to see what lies beneath the surface.

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 not far from away. Some will choose to walk here, while others will want to take a taxi, and it is one of a few area's 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 venture too far from the coast. In fact, you'll find this spot one and a quarter miles from this site of historical interest.

Beaches are nice for a few hours here and there, but there's plenty else to see during your stay. The following chart includes some other attractions close-by.

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

The Crawl is near Spanish Town, so touring the city could be a fun side-trip after visiting the beach. Spanish Town is nearby and is noted for its balance between seclusion and urbanization. From the shore, Spanish Town is a quick trip away, roughly a mile and a half (two and a half kilometers).

Hotels

Whether or not you encounter many other people will depend on if you visit during a popular season, which is often indicated by how busy the hotels are. The area is not home to many major hotels, but you may meet visitors from some of the area's smaller options.

Vacationers will find a good range of resorts and hotels to pick from near The Crawl. The most accessible of which can be seen in the following table.

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

One of the best ways to round off a laid-back trek to the beach is to visit an area restaurant, where you'll be able to sample the local chefs' favorite dishes, without going too far from the coast. Top of the Baths is one of the closest eateries. The restaurant serves both Caribbean and eclectic cuisines.

Nearby restaurants are provided in the following table.

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

Virgin Gorda has several beautiful beaches, so perhaps you can explore more than one.

You might also enjoy Leverick Bay, located a quick car or cab ride away. If you're looking for a more active beach scene, you might enjoy people watching at The Baths.

Travelers may also want to consider Spring Bay, which is located within a short distance. 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 plenty to offer its visitors, and paying a visit to The Crawl is just one way you can spend your afternoon.

 

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