The British Virgin Islands (BVI) is an archipelago of islands which falls under British overseas territory and is situated in the Caribbean. The archipelago comprises of four main islands namely Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada, and Jost Van Dyke along with over 50 other smaller islands and cays. Of these, Virgin Gorda is the third largest and the second most populous island. If you’re visiting Virgin Gorda, you can reside in one of the vacation homes near a beach in Virgin Gorda or you can stay in any of the beautiful hotels and resorts available across the island.
The curvy, dramatic shape of Virgin Gorda earned it the name ‘Fat Virgin’ by Christopher Columbus who thought the island’s shape resembled that of a reclining woman. The pristine water, clean beaches, and the warm climate attract hundreds of visitors to the island every year. There is no such specific best time to visit Virgin Gorda. The warm tropical climate makes it a great tourist destination all-year-round. However, the peak season is during the winter months as tourists escape to this Caribbean region to escape the chill of the winter.
It is the perfect beach getaway for people looking to bask in the sun while sipping on a glass of fresh fruit juice. But that’s not all when you’re in Virgin Gorda, you’ll never fall short of things to do. If you’re planning a trip to Virgin Gorda, here is a list of five things you should do during your stay in this Caribbean paradise.
1. Take a hike
Despite being surrounded by a vast expanse of water, Virgin Gorda doesn’t lack options in land activities. Rising over a height of 1370 feet, the Gorda Peak National Park is a popular spot among all hikers and adventure seekers. Situated in the middle of the island, the park spreads over an area of 254 acres and is home to the world’s smallest lizard, the Virgin Gorda gecko. The hiking trail leads to the lookout tower located at the top of the Gorda Peak. There are two trails, one of them is around 800 yards and take around 20 minutes while the other one is slightly longer. Although the journey to the top can be a bit challenging, on reaching the top, you will be treated with the breathtaking panoramic view of the surrounding islands.
2. Deep-sea exploration:
Scuba diving and snorkelling are two of the most popular water activities in this island. The divers enjoy clear underwater visibility and get an up-close look at colourful tropical fishes, a beautiful coral reef, sting rays and aquatic plants. If you go deeper, you get the opportunity to explore underwater caves, tunnels, and remains of shipwrecks, particularly the RMS Rhone. The shallow waters of Savannah Bay provide the ideal conditions for a snorkelling adventure. The government of British Virgin Islands has also established a self-guided snorkelling trail in the bay which leads the snorkelers to the best snorkelling spots and informs them about the fishes, marine plants and corals that can be seen.
3. Catch some fishes:
Do you enjoy the idea of spending hours in the open water with a fishing rod in your hands? The surrounding waters of the BVI are packed with some of the best fishes such as tuna, swordfish, and marlin. If you want to reel one in, all you need to do is reserve a fishing charter from Virgin Gorda and set sail. There are various fishing charter companies in the island which offer a guided fishing excursion and take you to all the best fishing spots.
4. Try the local cuisine:
A trip to a new place is incomplete without trying out the local delicacies. There is no shortage of eateries in Virgin Gorda specializing in local cuisine. The cuisine of the British Virgin Islands is an amalgamation of various cultures. One can find influences of Spanish, East Indian, African, French, Dutch, and English cuisines on the local food. Some of the popular local delicacies include roti (inspired from Indian flatbread) which is filled with meat and spices; doved pork, which is essentially browned pork served with a special sauce and conch chowder, a local version of clam chowder. Seafood dishes are another specialty of the island. If you’re thirsty, try out the two popular drinks: Rum punch and Painkiller. The Painkiller is an iconic drink in the BVI which is prepared from a concoction of dark rum, pineapple juice, orange juice, and sweetened cream of coconut.
5. Feel the sand beneath your feet:
Last, but not the least, Virgin Gorda is known for some of the best beaches in the world. From the Savannah Bay to the Spring Bay, all the beaches are stunning and deserve a visit. The Baths, the most famous beach in the entire BVI, is situated in the south of Spanish Town. The beach is strewn with unique boulder formations which give a glimpse of the island’s volcanic past and form a number of tide pools, grottoes, tunnels, and arches for you to explore. Another great thing about this beach is that it’s seldom crowded; this makes it a perfect place to enjoy a romantic afternoon by the beach with your partner.
These are just a few of the things you can do during your visit to this magnificent island but the options don’t end there. Before you travel, make sure that you do your own research to find out what other activities are available. You should also talk to the locals to inquire about the popular tourist attractions.
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