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Virgin Gorda

Travel Guide Caribbean British Virgin Islands Virgin Gorda

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Introduction

Virgin Gorda is one of the British Virgin Islands and is the second most populous after Tortola, and the third largest, after Tortola and Anegada.

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Sights and Activities

The Baths

The Baths is a collection of giant boulders at the seaside. They are located near the island's southwest corner. They form national park and are probably the most popular tourist attraction of the British Virgin Islands. The rocks form a series of small caves that flood with seawater, although there is no safety concern. A bigger concern is the fact that The Baths are usually just very crowded with tourists so come very early or late during the day to have some secluded spots for yourself.

Copper Mine National Park

The Copper Mine National Park is not far from The Baths in the southwest of the island. The site includes impressive ruins like a chimney, boiler house, cistern and mine shaft house and together form a national park and protected area. Between 1838 and 1867, miners worked the mine but since then it has been abandoned. Nowadays, the area with its spectactular coastline form an excellent place for a picnic.

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Weather

Virgin Gorda has a very pleasant and tropical climate with generally warm and humid weather. The seabreeze makes things relatively mild though and water is never far away. Temperatures generally average around 30 °C during the day yearround and 23 °C at night. December to May is the dry season, where July to October is the rainy season, but this generally means some showers at the end of the day instead of days of rain on end. Hurricanes are possible though from August to October.

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Getting There

By Plane

Air Sunshine is the only airline with regular scheduled flights to/from Virgin Gorda Airport (VIJ). Destinations are St. Thomas, St. Croix, San Juan and Vieques.
Charter airlines have flights on demand through the British Virgin Islands.

By Boat

There are two ferry operators offering service between St. Thomas (Red Hook and Charlotte Amalie) and Virgin Gorda.
Two operators have services between Tortola and Virgin Gorda. Other connections include Virgin Gorda to Beef Island vv. Smith's Ferry now also makes sailings to and from the northern island of Anegada and Virgin Gorda (Spanish Town) three times a week in both directions.
Speedys operates ferries between Virgin Gorda and St Thomas, sometimes via Tortola.

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