Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands
Named for its resemblance to a plump woman lying on her side, the island of Virgin Gorda was discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1493. Although only 8 square miles in size, Virgin Gorda has wonders to behold and offers easy access to the fantastic islands nearby.
Perhaps the most visited natural attraction on the island is The Baths, where enormous boulders called batholiths have formed rock pools and grottoes along the beach. Whether you’re swimming, diving or simply strolling amidst The Baths, the scenery is unmistakable.
Copper Mine Ruins
Recognized today as a national park, these stony ruins stand on Virgin Gorda’s southeastern coast and are the remains of a 19th-century copper mine. Atlantic waves crash up to the Cornish mine, which once featured a shaft over 200 feet below the earth.
Nearby Tortola offers incredible beaches, mountain peaks and rainforest. Snorkel amongst colorful fish in the aquamarine waters off the coast, swim with dolphins or head to Ridge Road for panoramic views of Tortola and the surrounding islands.
- Americas Brochures
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