Guide to Virgin Gorda

By Banita Sadhra on 5th July, 2023

Virgin Gorda is a beautiful island located in the British Virgin Islands, famous for its crystal-clear waters, white sandy beaches, and scenic landscapes. Whether you are looking for relaxation or adventure, Virgin Gorda has something to offer. In our guide to Virgin Gorda, we want to tell you everything you need to know about planning a vacation to this beautiful tropical island! So carry on reading to find out more…

Virgin Gorda Vacation

How to get to Virgin Gorda: 

The easiest way to reach Virgin Gorda is by air. The island has its own airport, the Virgin Gorda Airport, which is served by inter-island flights from San Juan, Puerto Rico. Another option is to fly into the Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport on Tortola and take a ferry to Virgin Gorda. There are several ferry operators, and the trip takes about 30 minutes.

Where to stay in Virgin Gorda:

The Virgin Gorda island has a range of accommodations to suit all budgets, from luxury resorts to budget-friendly guesthouses. Here are some of the best places to stay in Virgin Gorda: 

Rosewood Little Dix Bay– The resort is set across 500 acres of beachfront bordered by calm blue water.  The resort’s British Virgin Island accommodations blend a sophisticated Caribbean sensibility with the understated refinement of mid-century modern design. Nestled amongst enchanting gardens, these airy cottages are set just steps from the beach. Each hideaway opens to a patio and offers splendid views of the sea. The hotel is great for families – the Rosewood’s Explorers program offers a range of fun-filled activities for younger guests. From Caribbean fine dining to beachside farm-to-table cuisine, the resort has 3 Virgin Gorda restaurants to try.

Oil Nut Bay – This beautiful Virgin Gorda hotel rests on a sandy beach and offers views of the hills and water. Accessible only by boat or helicopter, the hotel is a secluded paradise for those seeking a private island getaway. The resort’s exquisite villas and suites are graciously appointed with fine furnishings and premium finishes, offering guests the seclusion of their own private island with all the comfort and amenities of a full-service resort.

Bitter End Yacht Club – Nestled on the lush hillside of Virgin Gorda overlooking the calm waters of the North Sound, Bitter End Yacht Club is the perfect island escape. Only accessible by boat, this hideaway has a wonderfully friendly and vibrant atmosphere which is apparent as soon as you arrive. Spread over 75 acres of tropical landscape, there is plenty to explore in this little corner of paradise! Bitter End Yacht Club has a wide selection of restaurants, letting you enjoy different cuisines every night whilst enjoying the panoramic view of the sea.

Things to do in Virgin Gorda:

Make sure to visit the Baths, a popular attraction in Virgin Gorda, featuring giant granite boulders that create a maze of pools and grottos along the beach. If you love spending time under water, Virgin Gorda has several excellent snorkeling and diving spots. These include The Dogs, a cluster of islets to the west of Virgin Gorda, and the Wreck of the Chikuzen, a Japanese fishing vessel sunk in 1981. There are also several charter companies that offer sailing trips around Virgin Gorda and the surrounding islands.

If you fancy staying on dry land, Gorda Peak National Park is home to the highest point on Virgin Gorda and offers stunning views of the surrounding islands. Virgin Gorda beaches are truly beautiful and you will have a chance to dip your toes into the soft white sand. Make sure to visit the best beaches in Virgin Gorda such as Savannah Bay, Mahoe Bay, and Spring Bay for a relaxing beach day. 

There are also many amazing and fun Virgin Gorda tours that you and the whole family can do together.

Where to eat in Virgin Gorda: 

Virgin Gorda restaurants offer a variety of cuisines, from Caribbean to Asian dishes. Some popular options include: 

  • CocoMaya offers a selection of Asian and Latin dishes made with local fresh ingredients. At this amazing restaurant, you will have a chance to enjoy dinner with a view of the ocean seafront. Make sure to have a dance, as DJ Flava drops the best tunes every Thursday. 
  • Chez Bamboo offers delicious international classic dishes for everyone to enjoy. From breakfast to dinner, you’ll definitely enjoy dining here. Make sure to try the signature cocktails too and stop by for happy hour!
  • Visit Sugarcane Restaurant for classic dishes with a British Virgin Islands twist. Share some succulent lobster fritters dipped in a pineapple coulis by the pool’s edge or sit down with the whole family to enjoy juicy Angus burgers all round. If you fancy a romantic dinner, the garden at Sugarcane Restaurant lights up, letting you enjoy a rum cocktail with the breeze of the sea behind you! 

Getting around: 

The best way to get around Virgin Gorda is by car or taxi. Several car rental companies are on the island, and taxis are readily available. If you’re feeling extra adventurous you can even take a Virgin Islands water taxi to travel to different destinations. 

We hope our guide to Virgin Gorda has helped you decide where to stay, eat and have fun whilst on vacation in the Virgin Gorda island! With its stunning scenery, beautiful beaches, and range of activities, Virgin Gorda is a must-visit destination for anyone traveling to the British Virgin Islands. Let us know how you found your stay on your Virgin Gorda vacation and make sure to enjoy the rum cocktails too! 

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