Gigantic boulders and beaches caressed by the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea combine to make this an idyllic setting in what has to be a top tourist destination. We are describing the stunning beach frontage of the fabulous area known as "The Baths", on Virgin Gorda, the third largest of the British Virgin Islands in the Caribbean. We forgot to mention caves and caverns, which add to the mystical intrigue of this tropical paradise.
Formed as recently as 1990, the 7 acre National Park is framed by beaches and a rocky shoreline at the southwestern tip of Virgin Gorda, This geological masterpiece comprises awe-inspiring granite boulders, which form sheltered rock pools on the very edge of sand and shore.
This protected area extends to the famous Devil’s Bay, which is only accessible from The Baths using a labyrinth of walkways and ladders following narrow gaps between the rocks. Beachcombers of the more adventurous persuasion can opt to follow a well-defined path that snakes along a series of steps with handrails, and eventually leads to Devil’s Bay. It may not be far, but it takes time to negotiate...
The Baths is a popular area ideal for snorkelling and swimming. Facilities include bathrooms and lockers, which help in creating a safe and enjoyable experience in this natural environment. Access to the beach is also possible from the sea by dinghy, with special mooring buoys available for securing boats offshore while the occupants enjoy various water-related pursuits.
With a tropical climate in place, there is little to differentiate the seasons, which means that any time is good to visit Virgin Gorda and The Baths. When you are ready to explore this protected beach, entry fees for visitors are $3 for adults and $2 for children (16 and under). A modest outlay indeed for the incredible experience that awaits you.