Virgin Gorda in the Caribbean

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Moon Rise over Saba Rock Island © Louis 92 B/cc-by-sa-3.0

Moon Rise over Saba Rock Island © Louis 92 B/cc-by-sa-3.0

Virgin Gorda is the third-largest (after Tortola and Anegada) and second most populous of the British Virgin Islands (BVI). Located at approximately 18 degrees, 48 minutes North, and 64 degrees, 30 minutes West, it covers an area of about 8 square miles (21 km2). Christopher Columbus is said to have named the island “The Fat Virgin”, because the island’s profile on the horizon looks like a fat woman lying on her side.

The main town is Spanish Town on the southwestern part of the island. Tourists come from neighbouring islands such as Tortola and St. Thomas by boat and return to these islands for air transportation.

The Baths © Calyponte/cc-by-3.0 Virgin Gorda © Jcljules/cc-by-2.5 Virgin Gorda overview © Jcljules/cc-by-2.5 Virgin Gorda during Sunset © Jbistro0518/cc-by-sa-3.0 Sunset at Saba Rock Resort © Jo _McManus/cc-by-sa-4.0 Moon Rise over Saba Rock Island © Louis 92 B/cc-by-sa-3.0
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Moon Rise over Saba Rock Island © Louis 92 B/cc-by-sa-3.0
An unusual geologic formation known as “The Baths” located on the southern end of the island makes Virgin Gorda one of the BVI’s major tourist destinations. At The Baths, the beach shows evidence of the island’s volcanic origins, as huge granite boulders lie in piles on the beach, forming scenic grottoes that are open to the sea.

North of the Baths is the Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbor, formerly owned by Little Dix Bay. The most notable ruin on Virgin Gorda is the old Copper Mine. In the island’s North Sound is the high-end Bitter End Yacht Club, now a five-star resort.

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