Visiting Virgin Gorda on your BVI charter yacht
Virgin Gorda is the BVI’s third largest island and legend has it that Christopher Columbus saw the shape of the island as a reclining woman or “Fat Virgin”. Virgin Gorda invites you with its yacht clubs, quiet coves, safe anchorages and luxury resorts and villas.
Known for its natural beauty and the famous “Baths”, an ancient rock formation where you can wander through caverns under huge boulders and a water trail that leads you to another stunning bay, one of so many around the island. Taxi’s can take you and your party around the island for scenic views and pristine beaches. Visit the ruins of an old copper mine or sip on a cocktail at an amazing viewpoint overlooking North Sound. There are a few nice hiking trails and restaurants and bars to visit on your charter and here are a few favorites:
Top of the Baths – As the name suggests, there is a bar with a pool located just up the hill from the famous Baths on the South End of the island. Take a plunge to cool off and then try the Mango Daiquiris. Follow the trail to the parking area at the top of the hill.
Coco Mayo – A short distance from the Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbor. Amazing cuisine, great wine selection, tropical decor, and stunning sunsets. Ride in with the tender and dock in Spanish Town. Walk toward the Baths or a 5 min taxi ride.
Leverick Bay Marina – Here is an opportunity to walk/run up a fairly steep paved road for as far as you like. The higher you go the better the view. This road will also take you to Hog Heaven – a bar/restaurant on the side of the road with great food and views of Mosquito, Necker, Prickly Pear, and Eustatia islands as well as the famous Bitter End Yacht Club. Note: This is more of a steep walk/run up a road than a casual stroll. For those just looking for a quick look and stop at the top, an open-air taxi is suggested. When you return visit the gift shops, the pool, beach bar with live music, and “Pirate” entertainment for the whole family provided by Michael Beans. Have a look at the YouTube video in the link.
Gorda Peak – This moderate/easy trail is accessible from the top of the highest peak from the road and will require transport to get there. There are 2 trails of one is short (about 800ft) and the other climbs steadily to the peak where a treehouse platform awaits you for a 360° spectacular view of most of the surrounding islands. The trail starts well-groomed but steep and then evens out with more of a footpath to the top. This trail takes about 25 min one way. The views are rewarding and worth the effort. Note: Comfortable hiking shoes are suggested.
Bitter End Yacht Club – This famous yacht club has so much to offer. From hiking, shopping, great restaurants, and water sports rental to a few bars like The Crawl Pub along the pretty walkway that follows the bay around to Biras Creek where there is The Fat Virgin restaurant and bar right on the water serving drinks and good cheeseburgers.
Saba Rock – (Closed – currently under re-construction) This cute island resort is only accessible by boat and has beautiful gardens to walk along with your specialty drink and rest on a comfortable deck facing the Eustatia Sound. Hammocks swing in the tradewinds and there is also a small seawater tank where some eels and lobsters hide. At happy hour they feed the tarpons and this is a lot of fun for everyone. A free ferry will take you to and from Bitter End Yacht Club.
Sandbox Bar & Grill – Located on Prickly Pear island in the North Sound of Virgin Gorda. A long beach with a volleyball net and sun loungers is available after you purchase an ice-cold beverage. This beach is great to hang out with after you swim up or kayak to the bar.
Enjoy your visit to this little slice of paradise. Book now with Epic to find the right boat and crew for your next unbelievable vacation!