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Baths at Virgin Gorda Visitor Tips

The Baths at Virgin Gorda
The Baths at Virgin Gorda. Credit: Wikimedia Creative Commons license
The Baths at Virgin Gorda is possibly the most famous tourist attraction in the British Virgin Islands.

The Baths consist of giant granite boulders that lie along the beach's edge and form shelters over secretive pools. Visitors can swim or snorkel in-between the boulders. Some of the boulders are as much as 40 feet in diameter, according to the BVI Tourist Board.

Molten rock formed the boulders beneath the surface, cooled slowly into hard crystalline granite, cracked into blocks and eventually appeared on the beach as softer nearby rock eroded away, the tourist board says. Weathering rounded the blocks of granite.

The site is part of The Baths National Park, a seven-acre reserve that also includes Devil's Bay, which is reached by a series of ladders. The nearby Spring Bay has a white sand beach. Overall activity level is moderate.

Visitors may not be able to swim among The Baths during the winter because of strong ocean currents, the tourist board says.

Bathrooms and lockers are available at the site. The Top of the Baths restaurant sits on a hill overlooking the area and also includes a bar, pool and shops.

Prices and How to Get There

Virgin Gorda is the third largest island in the BVI chain. Most cruise visitors disembark at Road Town on nearby Tortola island.

If they want to visit The Baths, they take a 40-minute cruise from Road Town to Spanish Town, Virgin Gorda, and then a 20-minute drive to The Baths for a self-guided tour. The total excursion time is about four and a half hours, which means the actual visit will last no more than about two hours.

As an example of prices, one cruise line listed the excursion at $85 per adult and $61 per child. Another listed $86 for adults and $70 for children. Both cruise lines said prices vary by sailing. Some independent excursion operators posted costs above $100 per person.
Scott S. Bateman is a professional journalist who has traveled widely throughout the Caribbean and the Americas.

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July 28, 2017
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