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The Baths at Virgin Gorda

The BathsThe Baths are a stunning natural phenomenon found on the Caribbean island of Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands. The site is a national park, and the most visited place in the British Virgin Islands.

Gigantic granite bounders, some as much as 40 feet in diameter, are the focal point of The Baths. Some are completely submerged, while others may be partially or fully above the water line. The origins of the rocks are under constant debate, but it is thought they were created by the weathering of softer rock, leaving the surface of the harder granite exposed. Caves, grottoes, arches and mazes are the result of the erosion, making for one amazing stretch of coastline to visit. Surrounding the rocks, you’ll find pristine beaches with coconut palms, creating the perfect backdrop for any Caribbean scene.

In one area, the bounders form a cave with a sand bottom pool in one area. This is one of the most photographed spots of The Baths. Snorkeling around the bounders can be interesting.

If you’re looking to get away from it all, this is not the place. The Baths can be crowded with as many of 70 yachts and 300 other visitors a day during the peak season. That means the entrances by land and sea can get awfully crowded. Keep in mind, if that many people want to be there, it must be truly stunning.

The Top of the Baths Restaurant and Lounge is a restaurant and bar found on the hill overlooking The Baths. There is a pool smack dab in the middle of the restaurant, and you can enjoy great food and a few drinks in or out of the sun. The restaurant is currently only open for breakfast and lunch, but plans to expand hours to dinner very soon.

Near the land entrance to The Baths is the Mad Dog bar, where you can cool off with a lovely frozen concoction. It’s my understanding they serve up some pretty decent sandwiches as well.

If you arrive by sea, moorings are available and anchoring is possible all along the coast around The Baths. Alternately, you can get a slip at the nearby Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour, where the ferry departs for land travelers.

Admission: $3 for adults, $2 for children.