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Virgin Gorda & The Baths

Virgin Gorda is not a beach ion the island of Tortola but on another island about 40 minutes away. You will need to take a ferry ride or book a tour to get there. Located on the southwest tip of Virgin Gorda you will find the world famous beach where huge boulders are stacked together like a giant had put them there after playing with them thousands of years ago. The beach has white sand and is great for snorkeling. on windy days you will have some waves but not too bad. the Baths experience is something that you should try when you visit Tortola for the firs time.

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Feb 04, 2012
Going to Tortola and not visiting Virgin Gorda is like gong to Nassau and not ever visiting Atlantis. it is a must see. the beach is stunning and the baths are an experience never to be forgotten

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Long Bay

Long bay in Tortola is on the west side of the island and has crystal clear blue water and calm waves. enjoy relaxing while listening to the waters and the white soft sand under you feet. About 30 minutes away form the cruise terminal you will need to hire a taxi to take you there and pick you up.

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Josiah's Bay

Josiah's bay is known as "The Secret spot"It's It is a little tricky to find so before you go and rent a jeep and try to find this place it is best to find a local who can take you there. This is a small cove which is know to have a nice small surf break and is very secluded. they have a small restaurant and bar and that's it. total privacy with a surf break. what more could you ask for. The beach itself is a little rocky and the water are a little ruff but the views are breathtaking.

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Brewer's Bay

Brewers bay is on the back side of the island and is a great beach if you are looking for a place to snorkel. About 30 minutes drive to get there so be sure to have your taxi driver wait or pick you up when you are ready to leave.

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Cane Garden Bay

Cane garden bay is the most popular beach on Tortola and most visited by cruise ship passengers. it is on the other side of the island so you will have to take a taxi to get there about 30 minutes drive. The beach is lined with white sand and has calm water on most days with a small surf break in the winters.

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Oct 18, 2013
One of the very best beaches in all of the carribean with trees haning over, etcv.

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You cant go to Tortola without vising the Baths at Virgin Gorda. every other port has beaches ,but no other has the Baths.

Jun 29, 2010

Josiah's bay was great. very private. It was hard to get to though. You have to hire a private taxi and it wasnt cheap. make sure to only pay the taxi when he picks you up at the end of the day.

Jun 19, 2010
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Tortola is the main center of tourism in the British Virgin Islands, with the capital Road Town located in a lovely sheltered harbor to the south. This rocky island is 12 miles long by 3 miles wide and dominated by a lofty mountain range, with its highest peak being Mount Sage, 1750 ft high. Crossing the island often involves dramatic ascents and descents along precipitous roads, such as the switch-back road leading to the beach at Brewers Bay. So mountainous is Tortola that the airstrip had to be built on the neighboring Beef Island, the northern limits of which are flatter in comparison, largely coralline in make-up, Beef Island is connected to Tortola by toll bridge, the earliest in the Caribbean.


Much of Tortola's original subtropical forest was cleared for sugar cane production in the 1700s. The growing of sugar cane has virtually ceased and production is now only enough to supply one of the original rum distilleries in Cane Garden Bay to the north. Today cacti, mango trees, hibiscus, bougainvillea, frangipani and wild tamarind dominate the arid hillsides, while mangroves and palm trees are found around the shores.

To the north of Tortola lie Green Cay, Little Tobago, Tobago, Jost Van Dyke, Little Jost Van Dyke, Guana Island, Great Camanoe and Scrub Island.

Many people bypass this island for diving and as a result the reefs are in excellent condition. The British Virgin Islands National Parks Trust has been responsible for the putting in place over 200 mooring buoys since 1989. The ease of accessibility for divers visiting the islands with their own sailboat or powered charter yacht and the invention of 'rendez-vous diving', have made the British Virgin Islands unique in the diving world. The north coast of Tortola has some fabulous bays, such as Cane Garden Bay and Brewers Bay, which are protected by boulder-strewn barrier reefs. Some of the more exposed are cut by very large tunnels and canyons, which become difficult to dive when there is a strong northerly gale.

 
It only takes a few hours by car to explore Tortola, but, as it is virtually impossible to traverse the island without ascending the Mountain range.Extra time may be needed to take in those scenic views. Topped by the incredibly breathtaking Ridge Road, the rugged heights make you stop often to just gaze, or to take a photo. Additionally, the original sugar cane rum distillery is still operating in Cane Garden Bay and is well worth a visit.
 

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