Watch the moon come up over the other coast. Virgin Gorda has the effervescent purity and simplicity of what is basically a pastoral land.
A small circle at the entrance to The Baths is a good spot to call a cab or rental jeep (both at at 495-5252).
A long 40 minute walk, or short ride, to the Yacht Harbour from The Baths.
Here also is the road to the beach at Spring Bay and the path to , a rock-formed pool great for novice snorkelers.
Spring Bay has a small public parking lot. The trail leads down to the beaches. Picnic tables and barbecue grills sit amidst giant boulders.
After a picturesque jog in the road comes the more traditional countryside.
At the entrance to The Baths is an interesting group of shops.
Easy Bargains (495-5527) has clothing including colorful crop-top and The Baths motif t-shirts, sarongs, wraparound skirts, elastic-back sundresses in island themes and beach cover-ups.
(495-5914), down the hill right next to The Baths path, has Calabash baskets, Larimer in silver, "Caribbean Colors" stone, shipwreck coins, mahogany and hibiscus wood carvings, beadware like wraps, Italian and Trinidadian jewelry, silver necklaces and metal candleholders (photo: ).
Tropical Gift Collections (495-5380) has an eclectic collection of small gift items, Cuban cigars, t-shirt dresses and caribbean designed t-shirts and kids clothes.
(495-5428) has a selection of resortware, beach items and jewelry..
The Baths area, as you might imagine, has some of the most stunning private, individually styled, rental villas.
In this beautiful coastal area below The Baths toward the Yacht Harbour, these are nestled amongst the same rounded granite boulders that create The Baths.
One of a series of beaches below The Baths, The Crawl is fashioned out of large boulders protecting a little "lagoon" with its own reef and tropical fish, especially favored by little snorkelers (photo: ).
See for more information on accommodations near The Baths.
/ "The Valley"
Cow Hill separates The Valley from Little Dix Bay on the Beach Coast beyond. The ferry dock is pictured here and the red and green buoys lead to the Yacht Harbour. Plenty of taxis greet the ferry. The road straight ahead leads to the Beach Coast (except take the first left to Little Dix Bay) and North Sound. Turn right for The Valley and The Baths.
A ferry trip () to Virgin Gorda (see ) from offers great views of the Tortola's Channel coast from the ferry's open-air upper deck.
A short walk to the right across a fenced-in park from the ferry dock, pictured on the far right, takes you to the Yacht Harbour complex (the two buildings pictured in the foreground) with refreshments and shopping at a number of interesting spots as well as a BVI Tourist Board office with information.
Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour
The ( 495-5500) has docking for 110 vessels. Slips are free the 1st hour, then hourly (photo: ).
Open air safari bus
Another touring alternative is the taxi, especially these buses, both a/c and open air made for touring. offers tours big and small ( 495-5252).
Other car and jeep rentals are Speedy's (495-5240), L&S Garage Taxi & Car Rental (495-5297), and Mahagony Rentals & Taxi Service (495-5469). See . Four wheel drive vehicles are preferred on Virgin Gorda.
Taxi fares (one way for 1/2/3 passengers each): // around 'The Valley, // to The Baths, // to Gun Creek (Bitter End ferry in North Sound) (see ).
Diving & Snorkeling
Resort course divers in the water for their first dive.
The place to go to dive and snorkel on Virgin Gorda is (495-5513 ). Divemaster and instructor Richard from Quebec makes "die-ing" great fun!
M/V Sea Lion
Day trips to Anegada are made on this 45' catamaran.
Stevens Laundry (495-5596) has coin operated machines but also allows clothes to be left to be done.
Snorkeling is a traditional activity found most anywhere here in the islands.
Day sails are a big attraction. See and the as well as .
Sea kayaking is increasingly popular along the coast here.
Dinghies are popular rentals that charterers have available to explore intimate coves limiting sailboats keels.
Power Boat Rentals (494-5511) rents a 13' Boston Whaler to a 24' Wellcraft. Rental arrangements can be made at the BVI Apparel Factory Outlet.
Slamming dominos is popular at various bars and especially fun for older kids.
Darts are popular as well at .
The in the Coppermine area has miniature golf for families.
Next Wave Sail & Canvas (495-5623) does custom canvas work including sails and awnings. Ramona, who is the owner, makes and sells hammocks and fine quality bags such as sport and travel duffels. They also carry Moroccan carpets.
BVI Apparel Factory Outlet (494-5511), across the parking lot, embroiders clothing for many hotels and others and offers clothing including t-shirts.Shops are concentrated around the Yacht Harbour area, especially at the Courtyard, and another building across its parking lot (both facing the Yacht Harbour), with others around The Valley nearby. All shops are at the Courtyard unless indicated otherwise.
The Courtyard, an open air atrium, is a focal point for dining, shopping, free WiFi and .
Pelican Pouch Boutique, an elegant shop, offers women's fashions such as Joseph Ribkoff designer dresses, hats by Cappelli and Betmar, sundresses by Jams World and swimsuits by La Blanca and Gottex.
Blue Banana Boutique (495-6633) offers swimsuits, cover-ups and other clothing, tropical gifts and home decor.
Margo's Boutique (495-5237) has a large selection handcrafted and other jewelry, baskets, wood sculptures and sarongs.Named like old English pubs and open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the excellent Bath and Turtle (at the Courtyard, 495-5239) offers a pub style menu-try their great stew! Its new Rendezvous bar is on a deck overlooking the Yacht Harbour with the same excellent food, entertainment and dancing under the stars (photo: ).
(495-5250), run by Ziggi and Melody, has its own bakery with oven-fresh bread, pastries such as large raisin buns, cookies and pound cake, delicious sandwiches ("best in town" according to Ziggi), hot dogs, sodas, wines, and bottled liquor.
Ocean Delight Ice Cream Parlor (495-5740) offers a variety of flavored ice creams, milkshakes, fruit smoothies, malt and Guinness shakes, ice cream bars and take away pints.
Scoops (495-5722) has unusual gifts and clothing, Diane ceramics such as decorative tiles, copper "fish" and brass moviles, picture frames made with Virgin Gorda sand, limited edition lucky lizards and animal themed sarongs
The 'Gypsy of the Sea' is a smooth-sailing 60' Gulfstar yacht from (284-541-4861), with full days, half-days and sunset cruises for up to 12 people. Arrange the daysail of your choice. "Just show up in your swimsuit and leave the rest to us!" Snorkel the 'Wreck of the Rhone' or kayak around the anchorage with gear provided (photo: ). Sail to Anegada with a tour and lunch at the Big Bamboo. Raise the spinnaker for trips to Marina Cay or the idyllic Sandy Cay. Open bar with conch fritters, fruit platters and hors d'oeuvres like Brie en Croute with crackers!
The Virgin Gorda Craft Shop (495-5137) has craft materials like crocheted threads and beads and crafts with straw and other local materials, such as local straw hats.
Flamboyance (495-5946), across the parking lot, has watches and a large variety of perfumes, both women's and men's, including Cartier (So Pretty and Declaration), Calvin Klein (Contradiction) and Christian Dior (Dolce Vita)., a/k/a Spanish Town Cafe (495-5834), across the parking lot and run by Little Dix Bay, has a deli with gourmet items including sandwiches and salads made by its chefs in addition to a good selection of groceries. Seating is available at a couple of tables outside with a view of the Yacht Harbour as well as an attractive area inside in good, strong air conditioning.
(495-5423) has groceries for provisioning and the Island Drug Centre (495-5449) is a drug store.
( 495-5513) has a variety of gift items and clothing including swimsuits, t-shirts, baseball hats (many with the popular Dive BVI logo pictured here) as well as dive equipment sales and rentals and other dive-related items.
(495-5636) has CDs and cassettes of Caribbean and local music including:
raggae (Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, (), dancehall, which is Jamacian reggae (), fungi (local group Lashing Dogs), soca (Byron Lee) and calypso (local group Fhase 2 as well as groups performing locally at places such as the Rock Cafe and Andy's Chateau include Mighty Sparrow, Vito Band, Square One, King Obstinate, and Onyan).
The Valley near the Yacht Harbour
The Valley's coast on the Sir Francis Drake Channel presents a nice level 10 minute walk from the Yacht Harbour past Fisher's Cove Beach Hotel & Restaurant, the pink buildings on the right, to a 'T' at the Rock Cafe (don't let the bare front parking lot deter you from visiting the interesting deck in the back).
Enclosing The Valley coast's vista toward The Baths is Fort Point at Little Fort National Park, a 36 acre wildlife sanctuary with the ruins of an old fort. A dinghy tour from the Yacht Harbour runs past the beautiful beach at Fischer's Cove to the dinghy dock and delightful dockside dining pavilion at Andy's Chateau. The Aquarium dive and snorkel site, also called Fischer's Rocks, is the extension of Fort Point into the sea--a shallow reef shoal built of sponge-and-coral covered boulders piled up to form grottos and dens filled with sargeant majors, French grunts and blue tang (hence its name The Aquarium) as well as ledges hiding morey ells and napping nurse sharks. A great beginner's dive and snorkel site and a convenient break from shopping, but use a dive flag and watch for boat traffic.
Dixie's Kitchen, near the Yacht Harbour, has nice crab salad and is popular with both expats and locals.
Hiking & Driving
Separating 'The Valley' from the North Sound is mountainous terrain, including the Gorda Peak National Park with excellent hiking trails. has been described as a "airplane trip" with exhilerating views.
Along the entry road to Little Dix Bay Resort, has good local food and is a popular location for playing darts.
Formerly the Big Bamboo, (495-5752), open for dinner a few steps away from the Yacht Harbour, features garden patio dining in a casual, romantic atmosphere with fine French Caribbean Creole cuisine. Dishes include Red Snapper Papillote (stewed in parchment paper with seafood sauce), Pasta Penne Jumbalaya, Steak New Orleans and Conch Gumbo. Deserts include Apple Tart Tartin and Creme Brulee.
(495-5252, only minutes by foot, has a variety of excellent dishes from fresh grouper in mustard sauce to mango chicken and Caribbean peas (bean) soup. Its dining verandah sits right on the surf in a spectacular setting for a relaxing drink or dining.
has affordable West Indian items like callaloo, rice and peas, johnny cake, , , and . To get there, take the first left before the 'T' at Rock Cafe, and go past the first speed bump, taking the next left on a dirt driveway.
'T' on The Valley Coast RoadTurn left at the 'T' to go to The Baths, another 20 minutes or so. Turn right and go a block to the Post Office on the left and 'The Aquarium' out on the reef.
Sleek brown cows buried in the rich, dense foliage next to the post office.
Toward The Baths a short distance is , Riteway's wholesale outlet for serious provisioning.
, Riteway's wholesale outlet (495-5228, fax 495-5572)(on the way to The Baths), offers strictly cash and carry selling cases and minimum quantities (usually sets of threes) for serious provisioning.
Near the Riteway Wholesale Outlet is the LSL Bakery & Restaurant.
Nearby the Island Pot has good inexpensive local food, including bbq ribs and chicken, rice and peas, and johnny cakes.
Open for dinner only on a beautiful deck nestled among the boulders in back, The Rock Cafe (495-5482) has great, affordable Italian/Caribbean cooking with fresh grilled fish, a variety of real Italian pastas, such as Penne Caprese and Conchiglie Al Fungi, and lobster boiled, then baked in creamy basil sauce (photo: ). Sam's Piano Bar, at its indoor dining area, has great entertainers nightly. Large flatscreen broadcast sporting events, showing its origins as a sports bar.
(formerly at Savannah Bay, has re-opened above The Rock Cafe (near the 'T' in The Valley road). Still emphasizing fresh local seafood, homemade pasta and fresh ingredients in traditional and innovative recipes, the new Giorgio's interior is designed to reproduce a real Tuscan restaurant with imported brick and marble. And excellent wine by-the-glass and bottle from 250 handpicked Italian wines in its wine cellar.
LSL Bakery & RestaurantOn the way to The Baths, the LSL restaurant has good local food, including great conch fritters and BBQ ribs, jerk chicken and Mahi Mahi, with sides like vegetables and rice pilaf (photos: ).
The LSL Bakery (495-5151), run by Ms. Beverly, has freshly baked bread, puff pastries, banana bread or muffins, cinnamon rolls and coconut tarts. Try the guava turnovers! Wedding cakes are a specialty.
Pineapple Puff Pastry
See for information on accommodations in "The Valley."
Virgin Gorda Airport and
Where the paved road ends toward Coppermine Point, on this wild coast of entrancing beauty, of moonlit cliffs overhanging the pounding surf glowing white far below, is Virgin Gorda's Lovers' Lane.
Bringing down the secret ingredients to make a "Cave In," the house drink, bartender 'All Out,' actually Elton Sprauve, one of the owners, used to sit on a big rock here while tending the family cattle as a child and watch the sun go down in its spectacular fashion, now has realized his lifetime dream.
Valley Square Tour
Take a little excursion around a place with a sunny disposition--the part of the Virgin Gorda Tour. Here are detailed driving instructions for getting to The Coppermine and the Virgin Gorda Airport.
At the in the Coppermine area, sunset drinks and old time tunes during happy hour (4-6 pm) on the deck with its spectacular panoramic views is the "thang" here. Grilled tuna steak and chicken breast sandwiches, honey/beer batter chicken and baby back ribs are all excellent.
. Elton and friends were drinking in the bar pit during Hurricane Lenny. The bar structure is open air with a large roof. Elton reports they had never been so scared in their lives, with fierce winds, constant roaring and ominous clouds, some seen offshore reaching down to the sea to form waterspouts. Needless to say, the second half of the storm was spent in a different location.at Virgin Gorda.
An airport (VIJ) built by Little Dix Bay, but recently acquired by the BVI government, is right along Virgin Gorda's far coast, right on a spectacular reef with views to a succession of rocky ridges down the coast.
One of the world's most beautiful small airports, the landing strip is granite sand with paved round abouts on each end, serving smaller planes.
See for regular flights, charters and shared charters to Virgin Gorda Airport.
See for rental cars.
The Flying Iguana (5-5277), open for lunch and dinner with open air dining overlooking the airport and coast, serves good sandwiches, juicy hamburgers and steaks and pasta specials.