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The Baths, Virgin Gorda: A Must See!

If you are visiting the Caribbean, you owe it to yourself to visit The Baths. It is a great example of what Mother Nature has to offer. 

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The Baths is Virgin Gorda’s most famous natural attraction.  It is a collection of gigantic granite boulders forming a series of sheltered pools and grottoes, which is evidence of the island’s volcanic origins.  The Baths is an unusual geologic formation located on the southern end of the island and makes Virgin Gorda one of the BVI’s major tourist destinations.

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There are two options to access The Baths, by boat or by hiking down through the trails of The Baths National Park. If you decide to hike, it is a 20-25 minute hike down the hill to get to the beach.  If you access by boat you can get to a certain point on the bay and swim or dinghy your way into the shore.  Once you are there you will experience the splendor of a unique beach with crystal clear turquoise water sprinkled with giant granite boulders on the shore.  There is a small restaurant at the bottom where you can buy lunch or have a drink.  If you decide to lay low and just soak up some sun and enjoy the grandeur of a remarkable beach, this is the perfect place.  If you feel adventurous enough you can hike through the pools and grottoes to get to the neighboring Devil’s Bay beach, which is an equally spectacular crescent bay with calm waters and gorgeous white sand. The journey will entail pulling yourself with ropes to get across the giant rocks, going into the water and squatting to get into the narrow caves. It sounds strenuous, but is not that difficult and it’ll be well worth it. 

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On your next trip to the Caribbean, be sure to include a visit to Virgin Gorda to experience The Baths.  It is an easy 40 minute flight from San Juan, Puerto Rico.

1 thought on “The Baths, Virgin Gorda: A Must See!”

  1. I love the Baths! My family boats there all the time on our boat from St.John USVI. My brother and I love all the climbing and running around! Although I do not believe you can dingy in, We always Park at the dingy tie up and snorkel in with our masks,flippers and underwater bags. I have hiked to the top and a ten at the restaurant up there and swam in the pools at the top as well. I love that you enjoy going to the baths as much as I do! I blog about my travels on Cassidy’s Travel Blog! Maybe you can check it out when you get the chance please!

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