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A visit to Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands means lots of natural beauty, shops and restaurants, and plenty of things to do. Sights like The Baths and Spanish Town offer a unique glimpse into the beauty and history of Virgin Gorda. If you've settled on a villa rental on the island, then you're in for the vacation of a lifetime. We've got all the information you need to plan your dream vacation here.
From the highest peaks on Virgin Gorda of 1,400 feet and Tortola at 1,700 feet you descend through dense tropical foliage and blooming hibiscus to the lowland desert covered with boulders and huge cacti. Coming in for a landing at Beef Island Airport, white sails and bays with anchored cruisers dot Sir Francis Drake Channel as far as the eye can see. Once on the ground, you too will want to feel the wind in your hair and taste the salt spray in the air.
An unusual geologic formation known as "The Baths" located on the southern end of the island makes Virgin Gorda one of the BVI's major tourist destinations. At The Baths, the beach shows evidence of the island's volcanic origins, as huge granite boulders lie in piles on the beach, forming scenic grottoes that are open to the sea. North of the Baths is the Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbor, formerly known as Little Dix Bay.
You can arrive by air at the tiny Virgin Gorda airport or larger Beef Island Airport next to Tortola, on one of the ferries from the US Virgin Islands, or by cruise ship at Road Town Harbour. Wherever you begin your adventure, be sure and spend time exploring all that these laid-back islands have to offer. Ferries between the islands are a good way to get around, and rental cars are available on Tortola and Virgin Gorda. Scuba diving, snorkeling, fishing, sailing and windsurfing are popular water sports here with equipment and instruction available at many resorts. Hiking, tennis, biking, or a walk along a crescent white-sand beach provides an enjoyable afternoon activity. Shopping is limited to local shops in Road Town, Tortola and Spanish Town, Virgin Gorda.
A variety of sizes, prices and amenities are offered in accommodations found throughout the BVIs. Diving and sailing excursions are readily available and give travelers a chance to explore the famous underwater wrecks, reefs and caves. Pack lightly, bring a good book, and let your cares drift away as you experience the understated elegance of the British Virgin Islands.
Located on the southern of of Virgin Gorda, the Baths is a collection of smooth, granite boulders that form a maze of caves, tunnels, sheltered grottos and warm pools that flow into the sea at high tide. You'll have to catch a ferry or a taxi boat to get there. It's a great snorkeling spot and also a popular spot for yachts to anchor. Go north to see Spring Bay and Big Trunk Bay, or wind through the maze of boulders to the south and you'll find to Devil's Beach.
Just recently declared a BVI National Park, the Copper Mine is one of Virgin Gorda’s most impressive landmarks. Veins of copper are visible on Virgin Gorda’s desolate southwest tip. The mine was constructed in 1837. The smoke stack, engine house, and shafts are now ruins but still there for people to explore today. Some of the shafts reach well over 200 feet below the sea level!
At 1370 feet above sea level, Gorda Peak is the second highest peak in the British Virgin Islands. Renowned Philanthropist, Lawrence Rockefeller, donated the 265 acres of dry forest surrounding the peak to the National Park Trust in 1974. This dry forest is home to native reptiles, amphibians, birds and bats, making this park one of the most biologically diverse. Hike to the lookout tower at the peak for stunning, panoramic views of the BVIs.
Savannah Bay is a prestine, unspoiled snorkeling cove near The Valley. This underwater National Park plays host to thousands reef fish and an array of colorful coral. You’ll have to bring your own gear because there aren’t any vendors renting equipment at this secluded beach. It’s also a popular spot for watersports because it’s protected by a continuous reef.
There just one way to really experience the British Virgin islands - sailing them! Take advantage of the constant trade winds and charter a yacht or even a barebone boat . With islands close enough to navigate by site, the BVIs is a sailor's paradise. You'll find almost 500 square miles of crystal blue cruising area. Rent a Monohull, catamaran, even powerboat and sail from island to island.
Getting to Virgin Gorda, BVI and getting around. Our transportation tips will help make your trip smoother. More good sand advice.
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Vacationers don't just stay in Virgin Gorda, BVI villas - they come to paradise to get married and celebrate their honeymoons! Getting Married In The British Virgin Islands
* You may apply for your marriage license at the Attorney General's office located in the Government Administration Complex at Wickham's Cay I, Road Town, Tortola.
* You must be in the British Virgin Islands for a minimum of 3 days prior to the wedding service and after having made application for your marriage license.
* You will be required to purchase $110.00 in postage stamps if you have been in the territory for less than 15 days prior to the ceremony or $50.00 in stamps if you have been in the BVI for 15 days or more.
* You will require passports as proof of identity and to establish your date of arrival in the BVI.
* If you were previously married, you will be required to bring a certified copy or original documentation of your divorce (absolute decree) or death certificate of a deceased spouse.
* Two witnesses will be required to oversee the signing of your marriage license application and two (different) witnesses are required to be present during the ceremony. (You may select persons from the BVI to serve as witnesses for either or both occasions.)
* Once your application for marriage license has been completed, you may then proceed to the
Registrar's office (located above the Post Office) on Main Street, Road Town, Tortola. The office is open from 9:00 am to 3:30 PM, Monday through Friday and from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon on Saturdays.
The Registar Requirements
Marriage ceremony fees are payable to the Registrar and are $35.00 if the ceremony is performed in the office and $100.00 if the ceremony is to be performed elsewhere.
* Full (legal) names of both parties
* Your ages and date of birth
* Your occupations
* The names of the witnesses for your wedding ceremony
* If you are planning a church wedding, please contact the church of your choice and speak with the Minister or Priest regarding their requirements
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P.O. Box 134Roadtown, Tortola, B.V.I.284 494 3134