Christopher Columbus gazed upon the horizon of Virgin Gorda and visualized its voluptuous contours as a Rubenesque beauty, lying in the sun. Thus he dubbed the island Virgin Gorda, meaning “Fat Virgin”. Her terrain consists of mountains and flatlands, colossal granite formations and palm fringed grottoes. Virgin Gorda’s natural beauty draws visitors seeking elegant accommodations in a tropical setting, with the delicious possibility of having a beach entirely to oneself. Beaches like Savannah Bay, Devils Bay and Pond Bay are completely deserted at times.
Spots like the Saba Rock Resort are accessible only by boat, thus it draws yachtsmen to gather and anchor their boats here. The Baths is an area of granite boulders along the sea that stand three stories high and form tranquil swimming holes and ample opportunities to rock climb. Sites on the island include a Spanish Copper Mine, built four hundred years ago, and Gorda Peak National Park, where one can hike to the island’s highest point and picnic with a panorama of forest, islands and sea spread out before one’s eyes. Several nightspots offer lively entertainment. The Bath and Turtle is a popular spot for live music, and the Bitter End Yacht Club offers music on Fridays.