Travel is one of those things that doesn’t always need to be about pure holidays, but rather a balance between relaxation, exciting things to do and work. For many of us, we know the stresses of everyday lives and jobs, but have you ever wondered what it would be like to work and holiday at the same time? Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands is to me one of the ideal places to work hard and play even harder.
Imagine waking up in the morning, working for an hour on your laptop from the balcony of one of the beachfront homes in Virgin Gorda and then throwing on some shorts and heading out for a swim. Naturally you can come back refreshed and ready for a bit more work and it isn’t even 12 o’clock yet. It is often the case that in like and business that we can’t find the time to do the things that we want or go the places that we want. If you can’t travel to the beach from home, then why don’t you simply bring it to you. Virgin Gorda is truly the place for your next business vacation. Now that we have the ideas for the work component planned out, here are the amazing things that you could enjoy whilst still keeping your business or job in check.
VIRGIN GORDA SIGHTS
THE BATHS BEACH
Be amazed as you will be welcomed by the spectacular maze of massive granite boulders that extend into the sea. Snorkeling in the area is good and most likely you’ll see wide variety of marine life and be stunned by the lively world down under. There are also numerous restaurants that can be found in the area in case you want to grab some of the delectable cuisines the area has to offer.
THE BATHS NATIONAL PARK
The Baths National Park is the Virgin Gorda’s most celebrated site. The huge boulders are scattered around the beach and even in the water. Various boulders are much large than houses and form extraordinary grottoes. You can climb between the rocks and dive into the calm pools. The best time to visit the area is early morning and late afternoon if you want to avoid crowds. If you’re looking for a more secluded area and want to get away from the crowds, head to the neighboring shore northward to a much quieter bays namely the Spring Bay, Little Trunk, The Crawl, and Valley Trunk, while on the southern part, you’ll find the Devil’s Bay.
VIRGIN GORDA PEAK NATIONAL PARK
.Gorda’s Peak is the island’s highest point standing at 1, 359 feet. In order to reach the summit of this 265-acre park, there are two trails available. There are signs available on the North Sound Road which signifies both entrances. Approximately, it will take about 15 minutes from the entrance up to the wooden observatory tower. At the top, you’ll be astounded by the 360-degree view.
It is known as Virgin Gorda’s serene main settlement located on the island’s southern wind. The Spanish Town, also known as The Valley, is so tiny but it has some shops, marina and a couple of car rental agencies. On the northern part of the town, you’ll find the ferry. If you’re at the Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour, you can roam around the vicinity and do a little shopping.
SPRING BAY BEACH
This is also listed as one of the national parks in the Virgin Gorda. It gets less crowd than the nearby popular protected area, the Baths. It has almost the same features like the huge imposing boulders that make an avenue for magnificent grottoes for swimming. It is also an excellent spot for snorkeling activity. The grounds also include swings and picnic tables.
COPPER MINE POINT
This copper mine point was established 400 years ago. It plays an important role in the history of Virgin Gorda. The first settler of the area are from the Cornwall, England and they initiated the construction of the mining industry which flourished in the 1800s. The operation were stopped in 1862. Here once stood a tall stone shaft and small stone structure overlooking the sea part. The route going to the ruins is not well marked. Keep in mind that you need to turn near LSL Restaurant and be mindful of the sign pointing towards your destination.
FALLEN JERUSALEM ISLAND AND DOG ISLANDS
You can easily reach the island by boat. It is all part of the National Parks Trust of the Virgin Islands. This area is best for exploring, snorkeling or you want to unwind or be in a solitude state. It features stunning beaches and also one of the best to discover the marine life and the colorful and lively world down under.
NAIL BAY BEACH
It is located on the island’s north tip. Here you’ll find three beaches that are idyllic for snorkeling. If you’re a beginner, Mountain Trunk Bay is the perfect spot for you. On the other hand, the Nail Bay and Long beach’s features coral caverns just offshore. There’s a restaurant in the area. Just walk a little uphill and is also a perfect for beach breaks.
SAVANNAH BAY BEACH
This secluded beach is just close to the Spanish Town. You can have the entire area all for yourself on this mile-long stretch of soft, powdery sand. Don’t forget to bring your own fins, mass and snorkeling equipment since there are no facilities in the area. The view of the area from above is surely stunning and a photographer’s delight.
VIRGIN GORDA SHOPPING
It showcases the tropical photography of the owner itself, Amanda Baker. It is also a perfect place to browse for cards and other souvenir items.
BITTER END EMPORIUM
If you’re looking for local fruits, fresh baked goods, cheeses and gourmet prepared food, this store is the place to be.
BUCK’S FOOD MARKET
It is the closest to a full-service supermarket in the area which offers everything from an in-store bakery to fresh fish and produces items. Buck’s food market has three branches.
This store sells T-shirts and other vacation needs. If you’re looking for a tropical clothing in linen and other comfortable fabrics, head to Caribbean Flavor.
VIRGIN GORDA RESTAURANTS
FAT VIRGIN’S CAFÉ
This casual beachfront café offers a much straightforward menu from baby back ribs. Vegetables pasta, sandwiches and fresh fish for lunch and dinner. Try to partner your food with a good selection of Caribbean bear.
BATH AND TURTLE
This restaurants allows you to sit back and relax while having well-stuffed sandwiches, pasta dishes, homemade pizzas and house specialty which is the conch soup. There are performances from local musicians every Wednesday and Sunday nights.
Enjoy the stunning panoramic view as you taste the incredible BBQ ribs. It is the perfect stopover when exploring the island.
LSL BAKE SHOP & RESTAURANT
You’ll find this restaurant with pedestrian decor along the road to The Baths. Locals love LSL Bake Shop & Restaurant offerings. Have a banana curry shrimp with coconut milk sauce and don’t forget to try also the pork tenderloin pesto inclusive of herb potatoes and a peppercorn sauce.
Enjoy a bowl of lobster bisque and even one lobster curry which is one of their specialties. Some of the best-selling dessert is the chocolate cake or crème brûlée. Stop by Friday night to enjoy live music.