IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN WHEN THE HIS & HERS TEAM STARTS TAKING THE TASK OF COMPILING OUR HOLIDAY WISH-LIST VERY SERIOUSLY INDEED! FIRST UP: VIRGIN GORDA, THE BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS.
The British Virgin Island is located in the Northeastern part of the Caribbean. It is a collection of around 60 islands and is mostly uninhabited. And one of the British Virgin Islands’ hidden gem is the Virgin Gorda noted as Nature’s Little Secret by the Tourist Board.
The paradise of Virgin Gorda is made for exploration and adventure as it offers a wide range of activities, stunning views, unspoiled beaches, rich culture and history and delectable cuisine. Stay in one of the beachfront homes in Virgin Gorda and this place will give you the ultimate escape you desire. Pack your bags and get going. The island is waiting for you!
SAIL, SAIL, SAIL:
Getting around the island’s territory is best done through sailing. The clear turquoise water and the pristine white sandy beaches are so inviting, making you boat journey fun and exciting. Whether you love to swim all day, to snorkel to witness the world down under, or even to hop from one unique island to another, sailing along the BVI’s territory will surely give you an incredible experience. Imagine yourself sailing on board a catamaran at night while appreciating the sparkling stars above, what a wonderful night it could be!
STEP INTO VIRGIN TERRITORY:
Virgin Gorda is the third largest island that can be found in the British Virgin Islands territory. It is home to numerous protected national parks, sanctuaries, and of course, miles of an unspoiled, uncrowded and mile-long stretch of white sand beaches. If you’re into hiking, there are rugged trails for you to explore which will lead you to the Little Fort National Park. It is located on the former site of the Spanish Fortress.
If you’re into artisan goods and souvenirs, head to the Spanish Town. It is known as the second largest village in BVI. A visit to the scenic and mysterious grottoes is a must when you’re in this idyllic isle. The stretch of Virgin Gorda’s remote beaches with spectacular granite formations and even colourful and vibrant corals down under will complete your dream getaway. Every turn in this island will surely be full of surprises.
IDEAL FOR: BEACH LOVERS, ADVENTURERS, FAMILIES AND GROUPS:
Virgin Gorda is a pristine tropical paradise in the British Virgin Islands, and is the third-largest in the archipelago. It is known for its historical colonial ruins, protected national parks and lively and vibrant coral reefs. You must explore The Baths. It is a beach area which features huge boulders which in the end formed a maze of tide pools, grottoes, tunnels and even arches.
There’s lots to do in the area. From exploration to snorkelling to visiting the Baths, or if you prefer more adventurous activities, there’s a hiking trail, you can climb the Gorda Peak. When it comes to delectable cuisine, there are restaurants in the area that offer really good food being served by friendly locals.
- The Baths are a must-visit site in the Virgin Gorda. You need to explore their beauty and find yourself mesmerised by their visual charm.
- The Baths are truly a natural wonder with their huge boulders of volcanic materials. To put it in perspective, these rocks are bigger than houses that were eroded by the sea and wind. There’s a rumour circulating that pirates hid their treasures in the area that are now being enjoyed by the majority of the visitors in the British Virgin Islands. A day in the island is perfect for exploration and other water activities with the whole family.
- You’ll also be rewarded by stunning views of the shimmering royal blue water and boulder-studded mountains. It’s relaxing and at the same time pleasing to the eyes making you stay on the island much longer than you otherwise might.
- Unlock another adventure as you conquer the highest part of the island which is the Gorda Peak. It takes around 35 minutes to reach the peak. You’ll be welcomed by the magnificent panoramic view of the British Virgin Islands.
VIRGIN GORDA HAS LIMITED CROWDS:
- The customs and immigration part of your journey usually takes less than ten minutes.
- There are only a few people because the cruise ships must anchor first and shuttle the passengers in on tenders. The place is only accessible by small planes and helicopters since their airport runway is not large enough to accommodate bigger planes.
- Have your ultimate flight experience from take off until landing and occasionally you can even co-pilot!
- You’ll absolutely fall in the love with Virgin Gorda because it’s not crowded. You’ll feel like you have the entire place to yourself to share with your loved ones.
- As you first set foot on Virgin Gorda sand, you’ll be greeted with wide smiles and appreciation by the locals. Residents are known for their hospitality which ensures that travellers feel at home which in turn becomes an outstanding part of the traveller’s experience.
IT’S NOT COMMERCIALISED:
- The island remained unspoiled and is not commercialised. One of the best parts is that there are no obtrusive structures to block the stunning views.
- The white sandy beaches that can found in the area are beautiful. Also, it’s generally pretty quiet, even when there’s a cruise ship or those tourists who hop on and off from one island to another.
- If you’re into snorkelling, you’ve found the perfect spot. You seem to have the entire world under water without battling with the crowds. You can freely dive into the clear turquoise water and see the lively and vibrant corals and marine life.
- Don’t worry, the crime rate here is low, making your stay pretty much stress-free. You’ll feel safe even if you’re walk alone.
DRIVING A CAR IS EASIER ON VIRGIN GORDA:
- You can drive freely and calmly when in Virgin Gorda. There are only a small number of drivers here, so there’s no tailgating.
- There are only a few red lights and stop signs, so you can easily roam around the island without congestion, except when navigating the mountains or sharp turns.
EXCELLENT FOOD AND CASUAL ATTIRE:
- Be ready to taste the British Virgin Islands’ specialty from fresh grilled lobsters, barbecue, pizza, and even grilled steaks. Don’t worry much about clothing, casual attire is acceptable.
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