Information & Facts
The climate in Virgin Gorda is humid and hot, tempered by trade
winds, with an average annual temperature of 83° F (29°C) and
little variation in the seasons. Most rain falls between June and
December, and hurricanes are possible during the wet season.
Taxis are available, and scooters or bicycles can be hired.
English is the main language spoken on the
The official currency is the US Dollar (USD), which is divided
into 100 cents. Most establishments on the larger islands accept
credit cards and travellers cheques, but on Anegada it is best to
have cash. Banks and exchange facilities can be found in Road Town,
Tortola. ATMs are available in Tortola and Virgin Gorda.
Virgin Gorda, like all the British Virgin Islands, has a number
of idyllic beaches perfect for lounging and water sports, including
Savannah Bay, Handsome Bay, and Big Trunk Bay. Devil's Bay National
Park also has its own secluded beach, only a 15-minute walk away.
The beaches are all beautiful, but the star attraction on Virgin
Gorda is the Baths on its southern shores, where a jumble of
gigantic granite stones lie half submerged. The boulders have
formed fascinating grottoes, tunnels, arches and pools: a
playground for exploring and snorkelling.
Near the Baths are the ruins of a copper mine over four
centuries old, which are under the protection of the National Parks
Trust and are being restored. In the middle of the island, Gorda
Peak National Park has some good hikes up to the top of the peak,
where you'll find amazing panoramic views of Virgin Gorda and the
Yachting enthusiasts flock to the Bitter End Yacht Club, which
has great views and boats for hire if you didn't bring your own,
though it's expensive.
The island's main town, Spanish Town, presents an unhurried,
laid-back atmosphere, where visitors can take their time browsing
among a plentiful supply of shops offering souvenirs, beach-wear,
fashion items and local arts and crafts. There are also numerous
restaurants, most with catchy names like 'Mad Dog' and 'Sip and
Dip', serving up the delicious local cuisine, including unsurpassed
Local time is GMT -4.