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Virgin Gorda is an island of rolling hills, beautiful beaches and spectacular geological formations. This little secret capitalizes on its quiet charm, "small town" appeal and amiable people. Tourism may be Virgin Gorda's main industry, but with a population of just over 3,000, the way of life is still old-time Caribbean.
Virgin Gorda, which means the "Fat Virgin" in Spanish, reportedly received its name from Columbus who was impressed by the island's feminine curves when viewed from a distance. Two distinctive areas define Virgin Gorda. They are the Valley, with its rolling hills and sprinkling of round granite boulders and North Sound, which is a large sheltered harbour that contains the small community of Gun Creek as well as several resorts. Bridging the two areas is a narrow neck of land fringed by the lovely Savannah Bay beach and the steep mountain leading up to Gorda Peak.
The island's most famous and most photographed attraction is the enormous granite boulders that line a series of Virgin Gorda's northwestern beaches. The Baths, where these boulders create a series of sheltered grottoes and sea pools, contains the most spectacular of these formations and is often referred to as one of the wonders of the natural world.
The Copper Mine, now a national park, was mined in the 1860s by Cornish miners. The remains of the mine's smoke stack, engine house and shafts are still there. Indigenous flora, including cactus, bromeliads and wild ferns grow on Gorda Peak. From the viewing platform of this national park there is a sweeping view of Tortola, Beef Island and the Dogs. The North Sound is one of The BVI's most popular yachting anchorages. A world unto itself - Virgin Gorda is a Caribbean secret worth discovering.
The beaches of The British Virgin Islands are peppered throughout the entire archipelago of 60 islands and cays. Some we have discovered and others are just waiting to be. Not only do they possess such natural beauty and character not seen elsewhere in the world, but also allow you to be a part of a captivating marriage of the Caribbean Sea and the northern Atlantic Ocean.
Nevertheless, a love affair with our beaches in The BVI is not really uncommon for those who have returned to them or for those who have yet to explore our shorelines. It's no wonder why BVIslanders continuously take advantage of these natural wonders as we take great pride and care in our country's tourism and appreciate your visit each and every time - all our beaches allow you to enjoy the ambience and close up feeling of nature together with a relaxed and environmentally friendly lifestyle.