Virgin Gorda is a stunning island that, at first glance of its magnificent beachside boulders, you could easily mistake for Seychelles. This tiny island is known for its beautiful beaches, crystal-clear waters, and unique geological formations, such as The Baths.
Although only small, spanning just 8 square miles, there are an abundance of things to do in Virgin Gorda. Whether you decide to relax and snorkel in the pristine waters or sample some of the best restaurants in the British Virgin Islands, you won’t be bored in Virgin Gorda!
Where is Virgin Gorda?
Virgin Gorda is an island in the British Virgin Islands (BVI), a British overseas territory of 50+ islands in the Caribbean. It is the third-largest island in the BVI and is situated in the eastern part of the archipelago.
The 8 Best Things To Do in Virgin Gorda
1. Visit the Baths for a Mesmerising Adventure
Exploring the Baths in Virgin Gorda is one of the best things to do during your trip to the island.
The Baths is a series of giant granite boulders scattered along the shoreline, creating an enchanting labyrinth of tunnels, grottoes and pools. As you traverse through narrow passages and winding trails, the towering boulders create an otherworldly atmosphere surrounded by crystal-clear turquoise waters.
After you have made your way through the Baths, you will reach Devil’s Bay. Here you will discover a pristine sandy beach nestled amidst the towering boulders. Enjoy the calm waters, go snorkelling, or simply bask in the sun!
The gentle stroll down to the Baths from the car park takes 10 minutes, and you can do it in sandals or barefoot.
For amazing views, head to Top of the Baths restaurant for a drink or breakfast afterwards. The Top of the Baths is located at the entrance to the Baths, so you can’t miss it. They also have a pool you can use. Mad Dogs Cafe is next door if you’d prefer to grab a quick drink/snack.
Top tip: The Baths in Virgin Gorda is a treasure for photographers and anyone seeking that unforgettable experience. Capture your Insta-worthy photo at the end of the Baths, just before you come out at Devil’s Bay.
Things to Know Before Visiting the Baths in Virgin Gorda
- Arrive before 8 am or between 12 pm and 2 pm to avoid the cruise ship crowds.
- Entry is $3, and cash ONLY (the minimum card charge is $20 – we learnt this the hard way).
- There are lockers at Devil’s Bay to store your belongings, a bar, and souvenir stalls.
- Parking at the Baths is free.
- Pack your sunscreen, a towel, and a waterproof bag to protect your belongings.
Read more: Travel Guides for the British Virgin Islands
2. Spring Bay & Valley Trunk Bay (Hidden Gem)
To escape the crowds of Devil’s Bay, don’t miss the neighbouring beaches, Spring Bay and Valley Trunk Bay, on your Virgin Gorda itinerary.
Spring Bay is a hidden gem nestled along the southwestern coast of Virgin Gorda. As you head through a scenic trail, you can find a postcard-perfect cove adorned with swaying palm trees and untouched natural beauty. The calm, shallow waters make it ideal for swimming, snorkelling, and paddleboarding. And the powdery white sand reminded us of some of the beaches on Tortola, the largest island in the BVI.
Valley Trunk Bay beach is only accessible by footpath from Spring Bay (or by boat). To get here on foot, take a right as you enter Spring Bay and follow the footsteps in the sand down a path behind a few trees. The sense of seclusion and tranquillity makes Valley Trunk Bay one of the best hidden gems in the British Virgin Islands!
Things to Know Before Visiting Spring Bay & Valley Trunk Bay
- The easy trail to Spring Bay from the car park takes only a few minutes.
- Parking at Spring Bay is free.
- There isn’t much shade, so pack your sunscreen.
- A snorkel is a must to explore the vibrant marine life.
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3. Take a Picnic to the Secluded Savannah Beach
Lord only knows why Savannah Bay isn’t crammed with people daily. It truly is one of the best beaches in Virgin Gorda and possibly one of the best beaches in the world.
Tucked away on the island’s northern coast, Savannah Beach is a hidden gem offering, what feels like, an escape from the world. Pack a picnic basket, gather your beach essentials, and prepare for a day of blissful relaxation! The shoreline is untouched and pristine – the perfect setting for a picnic.
I am confident Savannah Beach has the bluest water ever. After your picnic, take a refreshing dip, go snorkelling or just take a stroll along the beach.
Top tip: On your way to Savannah Bay (there is only one road from the south), stop at this viewpoint overlooking the bay. Here you can really appreciate the beautiful, different shades of the blue Caribbean Sea. If you don’t say WOW at least a handful of times, we cannot be friends!
Things to Know Before Visiting Savannah Beach in Virgin Gorda
- The unpaved road down to the beach is drivable without a 4×4.
- Parking at the beach is free.
- There are no amenities on the beach, so pack drinks and snacks.
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4. Indulge at Coco Maya and Sugarcane
When it comes to culinary delights in Virgin Gorda, two exceptional restaurants stand out: Coco Maya and Sugarcane. Both renowned for their exquisite cuisine, inviting atmospheres, and beautiful views, these restaurants offer memorable dining experiences and are two of the best places to eat in Virgin Gorda.
Coco Maya, located on the stunning beachfront of Spanish Town, offers a fusion of international and Caribbean flavours. We particularly loved the tapas and Asian dishes. The giant beach Jenga was also super fun, and often, they have a live DJ, which compliments the cosy and chic feeling of the restaurant.
Nestled in Nail Bay, Sugarcane Restaurant is one of the most romantic, charming restaurants in the British Virgin Islands. You can experience poolside dining, impeccable views of the Caribbean Sea, top-notch service, and a variety of delicious options on the menu – need I say more?
Things to Know Before Visiting Coco Maya and Sugarcane Restaurants
- We didn’t make reservations at either restaurant, but perhaps we just got lucky. It is best to reserve a table in advance, especially if you’re a large party.
- Try to visit both restaurants at sunset – the ambience at Coco Maya is incredible, and the views from Sugarcane are second to none.
- Both restaurants have free parking.
5. Visit Hog Heaven for Scenic Views and Mouthwatering Barbecue
No trip to Virgin Gorda would be complete without a visit to Hog Heaven.
Perched high on a hill overlooking the North Sound, this rustic yet charming bar and restaurant offers panoramic views and a menu with a mouthwatering selection of barbeque dishes that will satisfy your cravings and leave you wanting more.
Hog Heaven attracts locals and tourists alike, visiting to enjoy finger-licking-good food, friendly vibes and the surrounding natural beauty. It is rated highly for its delicious pulled pork, so we had to see if it lived up to expectations. Our findings? One word – delicious!
This place is a must-visit during your trip to Virgin Gorda.
Top tip: From Hog Heaven, you can see Sir Richard Branson’s two islands, Necker Island and Moskito Island, as well as other islands in the BVI cluster.
Things to Know Before Visiting Hog Heaven in Virgin Gorda
- There is casual lay-by parking on the side of the road.
- There is no need to make a reservation or even purchase a drink to enjoy the view (although I recommend you do to support a local business).
6. Take the Free Ferry to Bitter End Yacht Club
For a taste of luxury and maritime charm, one of the best things to do in Virgin Gorda is to hop on the free ferry from Gun Point Creek and head to the iconic Bitter End Yacht Club.
Situated on the northern tip of Virgin Gorda, this renowned resort and marina is a paradise for sailors and travellers seeking a luxury vacation experience. Whether you arrive as a guest or a day visitor, Bitter End Yacht Club welcomes you with a variety of things to do and a warm, laid-back ambience.
At the Bitter End Yacht Club, sailing is a way of life. Whether you’re an experienced sailor, a novice eager to learn, or just a beach bum, there are water-based activities to suit everyone. You can charter a sailboat to explore the nearby coves and islands, go on a snorkelling adventure to discover vibrant marine life or unwind on the stunning beach that lines the coast.
You’ll also find a spa and wellness centre, restaurant, coffee shop, and beach bar.
So, definitely take advantage of the free ferry and immerse yourself in a world of luxury and relaxation at this renowned Virgin Gorda gem.
Things to Know Before Visiting Bitter End Yacht Club
- Boats to Bitter End Yacht Club from Virgin Gorda depart from Gun Point Creek.
- There is parking at Gun Point Creek.
- Arrive at least 15 minutes before the boat departs.
7. Visit Saba Rock
Perched between Sir Richard Branson’s Necker Island and the northern end of Virgin Gorda is the captivating Saba Rock. This small island is home to a small boutique hotel, a waterside restaurant, a small white sand beach, and a second-floor bar with pool tables, all built with a rustic yet elegant design.
Saba Rocks’ allure lies in its size, luxurious yet casual vibe, and vibrant marine environment. The restaurant’s open-air setting offers panoramic views of the surrounding waters, creating a truly unforgettable dining experience.
If you’re seeking a more laid-back experience, find a cosy spot on the island to relax and enjoy the tranquillity of this secluded paradise.
Top Tip: A great day in Virgin Gorda is catching the free ferry from Gun Point Creek to Bitter End Yacht Club and spending the morning here. Then, hop on the free boat to Saba Rock for lunch, and unwind with a refreshing drink. Or, you can visit Saba Rock first and head to Bitter End afterwards.
Things to Know Before Visiting Saba Rock in Virgin Gorda
- You do not have to eat at Saba Rock restaurant to visit and explore.
- Boats back to Gun Point Creek in Virgin Gorda run regularly.
8. Go Hiking at Gorda Peak National Park
Gorda Peak National Park, located in the heart of Virgin Gorda, is one of the best things to do in Virgin Gorda for nature lovers.
The park’s main attraction is the hike to Gorda Peak, the highest point on Virgin Gorda. You can find the trailhead on Google Maps, and the trail itself is well-maintained. As you make your way up, keep an eye out for exotic bird species and colourful butterflies that flit among the foliage.
Once you reach the summit of Gorda Peak, you’re rewarded with panoramic, beautiful views that stretch across the island and beyond.
There are several other trails in the National Park, each with different terrains. So, whether you’re a seasoned hiker or a casual nature lover, an adventure through Gorda Peak National Park is one of the best things to do in the heart of Virgin Gorda.
3 Other Things To Do in Virgin Gorda, BVI
1. Snap a Photo at the Virgin Gorda Sign
Don’t miss the chance to capture a picture-perfect moment at the iconic Virgin Gorda sign. Located near Hog Heaven, this photo spot offers a fantastic backdrop of the islands in the BVI.
2. Take a Quick Visit To The Copper Mines National Park
Explore the island’s rich history by visiting the historic copper mines of Virgin Gorda. Virgin Gorda had, at one point, a thriving copper industry. There are ancient tunnels and structures located here, as well as a great view across the sea.
3. Wander Around Spanish Town
Spanish Town is Virgin Gorda’s capital and is home to the only ATMs and fuel stations on the island. There are several places to dine and drink and some beachside souvenir shops to pick up a few momentos of your time in Virgin Gorda.
Final Thoughts on the Things to Do in Virgin Gorda
Virgin Gorda will captivate your heart and leave you yearning to return. So what are you waiting for? Pack your bags, head for this Caribbean oasis, and embark on a holiday to Virgin Gorda that will forever hold a special place in your heart.
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