Virgin Gorda, the fat virgin, is the second largest and perhaps
one of the most interesting of the British Virgins. The island
was once the capital and is now the home of Little Dix Bay,
the luxury resort built by Laurence Rockerfeller. The island
is approximately 10 miles long with high peaks in the northern
and central areas. All land over 1,000 feet high on Virgin
Gorda has been designated National Parks land to preserve
its natural beauty.
Town, the original capital, is still the major settlement
on the island. Although opinions vary it is commonly thought
that Spanish Town is so called for the number of Spanish settlers,
who came to work in the copper mines in the early 16th century.
The mines were still working until 1867, and the ruins at
Copper Mine Point are still visible today.
Gorda Yacht Harbor is located in Spanish Town and is the hub
of shopping and boating activity on the south end of the island.
There is an active night life and you can take your pick of
entertainments, from steel bands through to night clubs.
are a batholithic formation of enormous smooth granite boulders
creating deep caverns and vaulted rooms. They are washed by
the tides and floored with warm natural pools. One can wander,
climb and crawl amongst the rocks for hours, sometimes becoming
The Baths are thought to have evolved when a layer of molten
granite was forced gradually to the earth's surface, solidifying
as it moved. Those parts of the rock that were less solid were
affected by the harshness of the sea and weather and eventually
fell away from the harder segments, thus leaving the irregularly
curved passages and smoothly pocked walls. Many of the boulders,
encrusted with coral, rise up out of the sea, creating a paradise
for both snorkelers and sea life.