Planning Your Time
At less than nine square miles, Virgin Gorda is easy to explore in a single day. Day-trippers from Tortola and the U.S. Virgin Islands often travel here for a few hours, taking a taxi to the Baths. If you rent your own car or charter a taxi you can easily fit in two more sights as well—Coppermine Point, Savannah Bay, Spring Bay, or even Gorda Peak.
For visitors who stay on Virgin Gorda, the duration should simply be as long as you can make it. Virgin Gorda is a beautiful and relaxing place, and it’s unlikely that you will tire of its beaches and sights even after two weeks.
Accommodations in or around the Valley are close to the Baths, Spring Bay, and town—home to most of the island’s restaurants, shops, and ferries. If you stay in North Sound you’ll be close to water sports and far away from the rest of the world. A handful of restaurants are here too, and you can catch a ferry to Beef Island, near Tortola’s airport.
Depending on how many amenities and activities are available to you at your hotel, you may want to rent a car for at least part of your stay so you can easily reach sights like Coppermine Point and Gorda Peak. But remember that around North Sound, it is boats, not cars, that allow you to get around.
© Susanna Henighan Potter from Moon Virgin Islands, 4th edition