One of the famous tourist attractions located on the southern tip of Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands, is the Baths National Park. The Baths was formed as a result of the island’s volcanic past that resulted in the natural decor of massive granite boulders throughout the beach. Before exploring The Baths, I had appetizers at the Top of the Baths Restaurant & Lounge.
This open-air restaurant had the scenic views of The Baths National Park, neighboring hills, and plant life. For decorations, balloons hung from the ceiling, and there were numerous preset tables. Additionally, there were two bars and a small pool to swim in at the Top of the Baths Restaurant and Lounge. It was a relaxed environment in which the instrumentals of calypso music was lightly playing in the background.
The lunch menu offered a variety of meals under the categories of appetizers, salads, soups, finger foods, wraps and entrees. Since I wasn’t that hungry, I ordered conch fritters and calamari. It was very delicious. Afterwards, I proceeded to The Baths.
There is a ticket booth at the entrance of the trail that leads to the beach. Visitor entry fees were three dollars for adults and two dollars for children who are under sixteen. The hike from the entrance to The Baths was approximately 15 minutes. The trail was shaded partially while other areas remained exposed to the sun.
Yeah! I made it and the Baths was beautiful! The beach comprised of cool crystal clear water that caressed the soft white sand and there were lots of boulders. Some of the biggest boulders were approximately 40 ft. high and 12m long. There were natural tidal pools, arches, tunnels, and what seemed to be private exotic swimming areas that opened up to the Caribbean Sea. The sunny weather added to the tropical flair of this dreamy atmosphere. The scenery was heavenly.
In addition to enjoying the sun, sand, and sea, there were a lot of fun things to do there; such as exploring an underwater cave, snorkeling, or hiking. After enjoying the Baths, I followed a trail through a cave until I arrived at Devil’s Bay. Walking through a cave to get to Devil’s Bay was a unique aspect of my trip and here is why.
Despite the minimal sunlight, I navigated beneath and between the massive volcanic boulders. My journey consisted of walking, ducking, crawling and climbing. I tightly held onto the handrails made out of rope to prevent myself from slipping and falling on the slippery rocks. There were sections of the cave that allowed the ocean to enter in, forming a cold, shallow pool area. I sat in the water long enough to cool off for a bit before I continued. Then after one last climb up a wooden ladder, and a few sturdy rocks to walk over, I finally made it to Devil’s Bay!
Devil’s Bay was just as gorgeous as The Baths. The sand was white, the aquamarine water was lovely, and there were boulders scattered throughout the beach.
If you plan on visiting The Baths National Park here are a few tips. Wear water shoes when hiking through the cave and go in groups of two or more because there are parts of the trail that may require assistance. Additionally, since it may take a while to receive medical aid, it is crucial to pack necessary medications in your beach bag before the hike.
Overall, I had a wonderful time visiting The Baths National Park!
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