Virgin Gorda is the 3rd-largest (following Tortola and Anegada) and 2nd most populous of the British Virgin Islands (BVI). Situated at around 18 degrees, 48 min North, and 64 degrees, 30 min West, it covers an area of 21 km2 (8 ml2). Christopher Columbus is said to have named Virgin Gorda "The Fat Virgin", as its profile on the horizon looks just like a fat woman lying on her side. The population of the island is around 3,930. The main commercial and residential area of Virgin Gorda is Spanish Town located on the island's southwestern part.
The unusual geologic formation "The Baths" is situated on the southern end of Virgin Gorda and makes the island one of the major tourist destinations of BVI. Despite the evidence of largely volcanic origins, enormous granite boulders lie on the beach in piles, forming scenic grottoes open to the sea. North of "The Baths" is Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbor. The most notable ruin on the island is the old Copper Mine.
North Sound, historically known as Gorda Sound, is one of the greatest harbors in the world. It lies at the NE end of Virgin Gorda Island and is bordered by four islands and connecting reef systems which keep the sound calm, creating one of the best watersports meccas in the world, with more than 3,000 acres (1,200 ha) of protected waters.
At the sound's Eastern end is premier anchorage, sheltered in the lee of Biras Hill. At this point, the village, marina and resort is called Bitter End Yacht Club, running for approximately 1 mile of coastline. The sound is a notorious destination for charter yachts with more than 130 moorings. The anchorage off Bitter End was once the site of Sir John Hawkins and Sir Francis Drake's 1595 fleet rendez-vous, Elizabethan British Admirals who lead the ascendance of Britain into naval supremacy. Twenty-six ships anchored in the sound and used the hill at Bitter End to practice for the attack on San Juan, in order to wrest Puerto Rico from Spain. Both admirals died during the 1595-1596 voyage. Nearly all of the world's 200'+ megayachts have anchored at the docks of megayacht-equipped marinas in the harbor. John Wayne, Norman Rockwell and Brigitte Bardot's signatures are found in the hotel guest book from 1969.
Ferry services from Virgin Gorda, St. Thomas, St. John and Tortola, as well as small airlines serve the isle. Virgin Gorda Airport was restricted in January 2010 to a small list of airlines by territory's aviation regulatory agency, Air Safety Support International, which demanded that it be brought in line with international safety standards. In December 2010 the airport reopened. Tourists come from neighbouring islands by boat and return for air transportation.
Highlights: Spanish Town, The Baths
Virgin Gorda Island cruise terminal
Cruise ships to Virgin Gorda BVI dock (anchor) at Spanish Town - port town on the southern coast). This is the British Virgin Islands' second largest town - after Road Town on Tortola Island.
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Port Virgin Gorda Island cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Virgin Gorda Island, Spanish Town, BVI. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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