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.

Situated on the island of Virgin Gorda, You should think about stopping by regardless of whether you are staying very close. The Crawl stands out from other beaches because it's one of the best spots for escaping over-crowded hangouts in the town proper. Most other beaches in the Virgin Islands may be just as beautiful, but tend to be busier since they're found in the most popular parts of town.

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.

Keep in mind that restrooms won't be found on-site, which is something to consider if you're bringing the kids, or plan to spend all day outside. You will find the water here is clear enough for snorkeling, so bring your equipment if you're hoping to find some interesting marine life.

What's Nearby

Attractions

This pleasant stretch of sand known as The Crawl is on the South West coast of Virgin Gorda; the area is home to other attractions such as Copper Mine National Park, which is one and a quarter miles away.

If you're interested in learning more about the history of the Virgin Islands, there are plenty of places where you can learn first-hand about the country's past. The nearest historical attraction is Copper Mine Ruins, which is not a great distance from the shore, and is accessible in a taxi or on foot.

Beaches are one type of attraction you can visit, but there's even more to see during your stay. The table below lists other attractions that are nearby.

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 nearby town of Spanish Town is not an overly urbanized area, but still has its fair share of things to do. From the shore, Spanish Town is a fairly short distance away, about a mile and a half (two and a half kilometers).

Hotels

The mood here——social and lively, or virtually empty—— will depend on many factors, including the capacity of nearby hotels. The area does not have very many large hotels, but it's often visited by guests staying at some of the area's smaller options.

Visitors will find a pretty nice variety of booking options to pick from close to The Crawl. The most accessible of which 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

A trip to the beach isn't complete until you dine at an area restaurant, where you can sample the local chefs' favorite dishes, without having to stray too far. One of the nearest places to eat is Top of the Baths. The restaurant has both Caribbean and eclectic menu items.

The following table provides a list of restaurants closest to this beach.

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
Water's Edge (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
Little Dix Bay Pavilion (284) 495-5555 International Informal 2.4 mi. NNE

Other Beaches

The Crawl is just one of many beaches you can visit on Virgin Gorda.

You might also enjoy Leverick Bay, situated a brief car or taxi trip away. However, if that's not exactly what you're looking for, The Baths could provide a few more possibilities for excitement, and is closer to additional things to do and see nearby.

Another sun-drenched spot to consider is 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.

The Virgin Islands has plenty to offer its visitors, and dropping by The Crawl is just one way to appreciate a pretty afternoon.

 

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