Explore The Baths on Virgin Gorda
British Virgin Islands › The Baths, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands
Added by Scotti Shafer
From the caves to the white sand beaches and crystal clear water this awe-inspiring natural landscape is one of my favorite spots to explore in the Virgin Islands. Certainly a must see.
Located on the Southeast tip of Virgin Gorda, The Baths are a collection of massive granite boulders (the largest being 40 feet in diameter), which form natural tidal pools, tunnels, arches, and scenic grottoes that are open to the sea. There is a marked trail (a series of steps and rope handrails) through the caves that guides visitors from the beach at The Baths to Devil's Bay. For the more adventurous, I recommend getting off the path and exploring the caves and boulders on your own. There are plenty of nooks and crannies to crawl or swim through as well as some boulders to jump off and hidden rock pools to soak in along the shore.
If you are sailing, this is a great spot to anchor for the day (that's what we did) but you can also access The Baths by car if you're staying on the island.
- Bathing suit
- Footwear that can get wet or tough feet
- Waterproof camera
- Dry bag to keep things dry as you may get wet if you go exploring on your own
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By Far my Favorite Spot!!
It's a must do. The rocks are great for any level of climbing and the swimming is great. Once you get to the beach there is a trail up to the top of the hill and there is resort with a pool t-shirt shop, it's more of a tourist spot but if that's you it's a nice place to walk up to.
Definitely a highlight of a BVI vacation
Climbing through at the rocks, wading through tidal pools, and watching the waves crash through all the cracks was awesome. It can get crowded. You can return along the upper path from Devil's Bay and get some views down into The Baths. For sailors, there is no dinghy dock, just a line about 30-40 ft off shore to tie onto. Swim to shore. And have something to help you get back in the dinghy. Our first few tries to pull ourselves up over the edge of the dinghy were quite comical.
Beautiful Spot Not To Be Missed
I agree with the previous review that getting to the Baths early is highly recommended. This is also a great spot for snorkeling, head out just past the buoys and explore swimming around the large boulders, this was a highlight of my time spent there!
Get There Before the Tourists!
Hi Scotti - Great review! We just returned from a trip to the BVIs where we were lucky enough to explore The Baths for a day. Your write-up is pretty spot on, though I'd like to recommend noting that visitors should get to The Baths as early as possible (definitely before 10 a.m. most days) in order to avoid the tour groups and hordes of people being shipped in off the cruise ships. Another note for anyone looking to visit is that, if sailing, you'll need to anchor then swim to shore (or take a dinghy to the edge of the swimming area, find a mooring, then swim to shore). In this instance, a dry bag is very necessary!
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