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Virgin Gorda Travel Guide: 91 reviews and 306 photos

The Voluptuous Virgin of the BVI's

How do I begin to describe this lovely little slice of paradise without sounding trite? Won't you get tired of too many superlatives? Okay, here goes:
Christopher Columbus first sailed into the British Virgin Islands in 1643, after spending entirely too many long months at sea. His fevered imagination looked at the lush contours of this island, and saw the curves of a ripe woman waiting for him. So he named her "Virgin Gorda" the Fat Virgin - even though he supposedly thought she looked pregnant. He named the British Virgins for the legend of St. Ursula & the 11,000 British virgins who were supposedly martyred by the Huns in the 4th Century in Cologne, while enroute to Rome on holy Pilgrimage.

He had already named the larger group of islands on which he staked claims for the Spaniards the "West Indies", on the assumption that he had arrived in India. The name stuck even after the mistake was discovered. Today this term is still used for the islands that are British colonies: Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Montserrat and the Turks & Caicos Islands. Historically it also used to include the currently independent nations of Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago.

Although most of us fail to see the lascivious lovely CC evisioned when we look at Virgin Gorda, it's still clearly one of the loveliest islands in all of the Virgin Islands group. Ocean beaches with pounding surf, sandy sheltered coves with reefs for snorkelers to explore, harbors for mariners find anchorage or moorings, mountains & lowlands, spectacular viewpoints, historical structures, pirates' legacies & hidden treasures, and a wonderfully friendly populace: These are just the beginning of what modern visitors can find here.

An island rich in natural beauty

Although Virgin Gorda is an easy day trip by fast ferry from Tortola, Beef Island, or the US Virgin Islands, it deserves a more intimate and leisurely visit. Try to spend at least a few days here, and allow the beauty of Virgin Gorda and the charm of its famously friendly inhabitants to seduce you.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:the beauty of the island & the wonderful people who live there
  • Cons:Plethora of day cruisers clogging up the Baths park
  • In a nutshell:Everything you are looking for in a perfect Caribbean island
  • Last visit to Virgin Gorda: Dec 2005
  • Intro Updated Dec 27, 2005
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  • VeronicaG's Profile Photo
    Apr 30, 2008 at 6:04 AM

    Stunning pictures and gorgeous views here! Virgin Gorda looks like an idyllic vacation spot--great tips, Wendy! I'm ready to depart for this lovely island today!

  • Jun 16, 2007 at 8:27 PM

    For dinner we had "Nassau Grouper w/shrimp and crab". The fish & shrimp were both frozen and the crab was actually IMITATION CRAB MEAT. We were 30 feet from the water and being served cheap frozen fish and imitation crabmeat. Paid $100 for a $20 meal.

  • Sergeyu's Profile Photo
    Feb 5, 2007 at 4:09 PM

    Indeed greta pages! Virgin Gorda is one my most favourite places, but in low season. The virtaully same pic as you put on VG overview page, I got as my PC wallpaper, but shoot by myslef! :))

  • RickinDutch's Profile Photo
    Feb 5, 2007 at 3:57 PM

    Great Virgin Gorda pages! Thanks Wendy!

  • kid-keith's Profile Photo
    Aug 14, 2006 at 3:01 AM

    I really do fancy these Islands as well as the cooks, someone once told that petty crime is quite high though, did you see any?

  • Fam.Rauca's Profile Photo
    Jul 26, 2006 at 10:27 PM

    Hi Wendy, Your web page is beautiful! The pictures are very expressive and the information very interesting. While we're on the subject, thank you for your Visit on my Venice page! Gabriela

  • aaaarrgh's Profile Photo
    Jul 1, 2006 at 5:36 PM

    So you have given up your day job and spending all your time travelling. Or maybe its an audition to become and extra in the next James Bond movie ;-)

  • grandmaR's Profile Photo
    Jun 27, 2006 at 9:13 AM

    You have the definitive Virgin Gorda Page.

  • Apr 29, 2006 at 9:06 PM

    Wonderful pages on Virgin Gorda. I've added it specifically to the "Best of VT' page! I learnt a lot about the history and geography of the BVI from your writing...just the way excellent VT pages should be!!

  • myriam_c's Profile Photo
    Jan 27, 2006 at 5:11 AM

    Sigh ...


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