Wednesday, March 2, 2016

The Baths, British Virgin Islands

Yesterday we joined some other cruisers, rented a car, and drove across Virgin Gorda to the Baths. The Baths, the premier tourist attraction on the island, is a formation of huge granite boulders spread out over the southwest tip of the island. Over the centuries waves and rain have eroded them and created a beautiful series of paths and caves underneath. With little beaches between the outcroppings, it is a tropical wonderland.

 After parking we walked down the path for about 15 minutes and arrived at the first beach. From there we turned left and entered the maze of boulders, sometimes wading, sometimes going up stairs, sometimes ducking through small openings. We eventually arrived at Devils Beach where we all went swimming, then sat in the shade worrying about the tourists' sunburns. Some of those folks have got to be in extreme pain today.

On our walk back we lingered under the stones marveling at this extraordinary natural phenomenon. The huge stones looming over your head, combined with the soft light filtering through the cracks, creates some gorgeous photos.

Our late lunch at Hog Heaven Restaurant gave us stunning views down to North Sound where we could see our boat anchored in 50' of water right next to the seaplane landing area.

I'm so glad we stopped at Virgin Gorda. Thanks Don for the recommendation.

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