The legendary British Virgin Islands are a prize destination in the Caribbean, and Virgin Gorda goes a long way to securing that reputation.
Supposedly named by none other than Christopher Columbus, it can be located at the westernmost reaches of the BVI, a favorite spot for sailors to find port in as well as those seeking to enjoy its many natural wonders. Paired with a festive culture, this is a destination that caters to tourists while preserving much of its land for conservation and maintaining secluded areas that can be enjoyed in a more off-the-beaten-path kind of a way.
As the third-largest island in the British Virgin Islands group, Virgin Gorda also has the second-largest population in the BVI with about 4,000 residents. It’s a favorite place to party due to its many bars, restaurants and shopping in Spanish Town, a top destination for yachters to dock. But the natural beauty is perhaps the main attraction here. Explore the stunning seaside geological features known as The Baths. Hikers can gain some elevation and summit Virgin Gorda Peak for panoramic views of the island and the surrounding ocean. Investigate the ruins at the enigmatic Copper Mine National Park. And if you’re here in the spring, check out the annual Virgin Island Easter Festival and the Spanish Town Fisherman’s Jamboree.