Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The Baths of Virgin Gorda

We recently had a potential guest on our Facebook Page ask the question, "What is 'The Baths'?", so we decided to share some information on it with everyone else.

"The Baths" are situated about 1.2 miles (2 km) south off the maintown Spanish Town at the southern tip of the island between Spring Bay and Devil's Bay. "The Baths" are an area of unique geologic formations and one of the BVI's major tourist destinations.

At "The Baths", the beach shows evidence of the island's volcanic origins, which deposited granite that eroded into piles of boulders on the beach. The boulders form natural tidal pools, tunnels, arches and scenic grottoes that are open to the sea. The largest boulders are about 40 feet (12 m) long.

Since 1990 the area has been a "BVI National Park" as are the adjacent bays, and the area is a major tourist attraction, with swimming and snorkeling being the main attractions.

There a several different trails through "The Baths", designed for the young and agile and also for those who are not as agile as they once were. On these trails, you'll come across some boulder formations that are a must see, namely, Neptune's Hideaway, Grand Cavern (The Cathedral), The Anvil, Skull Rock and The Throne.

"The Baths" are referred to by some as "The 8th Natural Wonder of the World". Join us on our BVI Trip and find out why that is.

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