North Sound is the general term used to describe all the land- and sea-based locations near Virgin Gorda’s northern tip. North Sound proper is the protected, circular body of water formed by the narrow northernmost finger of Virgin Gorda, together with a smattering of small islands that protect it from ocean swells. It is almost always calm, and usually a beehive of marine activity.
The tiny, colorful village of North Sound overlooks this body of water. Homes here seem to cling to the hillside, and the rum shacks that look deserted during the day turn lively at night. On Sundays, church bells ring out over the valley. During the week, children walk to the Robinson O’Neal Memorial Primary School on the Leverick Bay Road. The North Sound post office is believed to be the world’s smallest (although a new, larger post office is under construction).
Leverick Bay is a pleasant corner of North Sound. Vacation homes line the hillside, and on the shore there is a modest commercial complex housing two restaurants, a handful of shops, and a hotel. This is the best place to rent water sports gear or play a pickup game of volleyball.
Gun Creek sits at sea level facing the ferry dock that links Virgin Gorda with the islands and bays that circle North Sound. Here you will find a small grocery, the North Sound clinic, and a few more bars.
There are no roads past Gun Creek, so you must explore North Sound by boat. Biras Creek, Bitter End, and several restaurants on other North Sound islands provide free ferry service for guests wanting to explore their properties (and eat or drink in their restaurants). You can also rent a small boat and putter around North Sound on your own. If you’re an adventurous soul (and capable boater), you will have a great time roaming around the quiet bays, empty beaches, and beach bars of North Sound.
© Susanna Henighan Potter from Moon Virgin Islands, 4th edition