Virgin" refers to a protruding mountain noted by Columbus on the second largest of the British Virgin Islands.
Virgin Gorda is only 10 miles long and 2 miles wide (8.5 square miles).
Virgin Gorda with a population of about 2,500, the island is known for it's yacht clubs, quiet coves, and safe anchorages for bareboats. It is linked to the other islands by a small airport and regular ferry services.
The northern half of the island is mountainous with a good-sized peak of some 1,500 feet (Gorda Peak National Park - the highest point on the island), while the southern half is flat and scattered with giant sized boulders.
The BVI's most famous natural attraction, The Baths, a combination of giant sized boulders forms a series of spectacular pools and grottoes - is located here.
There are some 20 beaches on Virgin Gorda, including the beautiful Devil's Bay (a national park given by the Rockefellers to the BVI government in the 60's), spring Bay, Trunk Bay,
Long Bay, Mahoe Bay and Savannah Bay.
Little Fort National park, located south of the Yacht Harbour, is the site of a Spanish fort
whose stone walls are still partially intact. This 36-acre area also functions as a wildlife sanctuary. There is also the abandoned Copper Mine (mined by Cornish miners between
1838 and 1867, and perhaps even earlier by the Spanish) on the southeast tip of the island
where a boiler stack and other 19th century stone building can still be observed.
The Valley -Virgin Gorda
British Virgin Islands
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