One of the most important tidbits of information I give to my guests at A Dream Come True Villa is that THE BATHS NATIONAL PARK is a “must-see” experience, but there are some important details to keep in mind about planning their visit.
Typical scene at THE BATHS NATIONAL PARK BEACH, Virgin Gorda.
I recommend you take the trail connecting THE BATHS to DEVIL’S BAY. On this trail, you will be climbing over, under, and around huge boulders and wading through grottoes of crystal clear water – all the while hearing the rumbling and rushing of the waves beating on the rocks. This is a magical experience not to be missed.
Here are my guidelines:
- THE BATHS will be the ONLY place on Virgin Gorda where you will see a LOT of people. Tourists and cruise ship passengers from Tortola take the 9:00 am ferry to VG and return back to Tortola after 2:00 pm. Plan your trip after 2:30 pm.
- Visitors will also be accessing the Baths beach from yachts and boats moored off shore. You don’t want to drag a lot of stuff down the 25-minute trail hike and worry about it while you go exploring. The point of your visit is to EXPLORE the BOULDERS!
- THE BATHS has grottoes where you can swim, a wooden boardwalk with staircases to climb up and down, etc. You will be climbing rocks, etc. I recommend that you plan on an “adventure day” rather than a “beach day.”
Yachts moor offshore of THE BATHS boulders and beaches, and their passengers access the beach by dinghy.
- The wooden walkway and hike will take you to DEVILS BAY NATIONAL PARK and eventually back to the parking lot at THE TOP OF THE BATHS RESTAURANT. It is a circle route. (If all your “stuff” is back down at THE BATHS beach, you have to go back down and get it, and you’ll be exhausted!).
- At the most, you will want to carry with you:
- Your car keys – safe in a pocket because you will be swimming in grottoes and surf.
- A bottle of water for each person.
- A sun hat and sunblock.
- Wear an SPF -UV long-sleeved swim shirt.
- What you do NOT need: You do not need to carry a towel, cover-up, or any other belongings. This is basically a hike. You won’t be relaxing on the beach during this excursion. It is an adventure trip!
- Plan your trip: You can go down the trail from the parking area at The Top of the Baths Restaurant (and not go on to Devils Bay) and back up again – OR – as I recommend, do the circle route to Devils Bay Beach and around back to the parking area at Top of the Baths Restaurant. This trail often has various types of cacti in bloom as an added bonus to visiting magnificent Devils Bay Beach, which is less crowded than The Baths.
- When to go to “The Baths?” It can be crowded only at this beach because cruise ship excursions from Tortola and/or vacationers from Tortola come over around 9 a.m. and depart around 2 p.m. GO AFTER 2:30 P.M.
You will marvel at the indentations carved by the waves in the massive boulders. Such boulders can be seen strewn throughout The Valley in downtown Spanish Town, next to the Yacht Harbor shops and many restaurants!
10. Food? There is a snack bar at The Baths.
At DEVILS BAY, you will love swimming amongst the boulders and snorkeling, too! The beach will be much less crowded than at THE BATHS. Courtesy Johna Rice
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