The Baths
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The Baths at Virgin Gorda is a natural wonder, featuring boulders and caverns that make up a maze that leads to secret rock pools and the famous Cathedral Room, a natural pool inside a small cave. At the end, reward yourself with a relaxing time on the beautiful beach at Devil's Bay, or some swimming and snorkeling. You can also take in the stunning view from the Top of the Baths restaurant. To get there, join a small-group tour or take a chartered boat. Try to avoid the hurricane season and visit early in the morning or in the late afternoon for fewer crowds. – Tripadvisor
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  • bluebnt
    Harrisburg, Pennsylvania322 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must do!
    This place is so incredibly beautiful. It was really neat walking through the rocks and enjoying the water. The Poor Man's Bar at the end had the most amazing banana daiquiris (cash only). You absolutely must go here if you are in the area.
    Visited April 2023
    Written April 29, 2023
  • DianaS
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not as challenging as I feared and well worth doing.
    I just finished walking the trail thru the baths. I’m 77 with a bad back. There were a half dozen times I was grateful that my son was along to lend a hand down when I had to step off a rock, but beyond that it was a cinch and well worth experiencing. There were numerous places to stop, rest, take pictures, have a little swim. At the “tricky” places there were ropes to hang onto or large rocks to lean on or sturdy ladders with hand rails. It just wasn’t anything to be worried about. I read several reviews saying “seniors, stay away”. I’m so glad I didn’t follow their advice!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 16, 2023
  • Sundncr
    Washington DC, District of Columbia1,130 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unique boulder formations and part of boat tour
    The place is famous for its boulders, the water formations under them, the pock marks on the boulders and just the atmosphere around them. I came to this National Park on a boat trip from St. Thomas. You are guided on this tour. Walking is not that strenous. But, you have certain places where you could trip, but the guide was pretty cautious on how we handled the pathways. There are plenty of photo opportunities. On the way, there is calm and beautiful beach you can spend a few minutes on. Along the exit to the park there is a place to sit back and have a snack and drink. A souvenir shop is also available.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 6, 2023
  • rchadd1996
    South Charleston, West Virginia42 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing beach. Frustrating/crowded hike.
    Loved the beaches but hated having to wait in a long line for the hike due to folks taking forever to climb ladders and use the ropes. The park really needs to think about limiting access or maybe issuing permits to make it a more enjoyable hiking experience. Although there were a lot of uneven surfaces to transverse along with a couple ladders and rope assisted crossings, they aren't that difficult. But if you have any apprehension doing those kinds of things, do everyone else a favor and walk down the easy path from the top and don't cause a bottleneck on the ropes and ladders. The beaches are amazing. Next time we'll take a private boat to get there to avoid the crowded hike.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 16, 2023
  • Jan N
    Denver, Colorado5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellant
    Have to do the Baths. If on your own chartered boat, easy to get a mooring buoy and take a dinghy to the dinghy line and swim to shore...or just hold on to the swimming rope that outlines the swimming area on the beach. If you have difficulting moving about...getting back into a dinghy can be challenging. Can always take a cab form the Marina.
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 9, 2023
  • Thetravelertoday
    Atlanta, Georgia101 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A bit of heaven on earth
    One of the most beautiful places to visit! The beach at Devils Bay is simply immaculate and pure bliss. Stunningly gorgeous and alone is worth the trip. The journey through the Bath rock formations is very fun and lightly adventurous in spots. You do have to be able to navigate a trail and if it is slick, bring a friend or ask a fellow tourist for a hand just to ensure footing on a few of the rocks but that's typical trail things to be aware of. The difficulty of the trail itself is easy by and large. The Baths beach is also quite lovely and a joy to hang out at. Overall one of our favorites places to visit and the pictures at Devils Bay are the stuff you frame and put on your wall. One thing you can do to deal with the traffic from cruise ships is take a look at going at your own pace. The ferry boats at Road Town will take you and provide your taxi once on Virgin Gorda in both directions. Helps with avoiding the larger cruise ship crowds. We were there on a weekday which perhaps helped as well. Nevertheless, do not miss this spot!
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 21, 2023
  • Ken C
    Lewes, Delaware71 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Baths at Virgin Gorda BVI
    Excellent tour to Virgin took tour from Ritz Carlton, On the Jost Boat. Great captain and crew. When doing this tour be prepared to hike down to the Baths WEAR good sneakers. Incline is somewhat tricky but with good footwear and a decent sense of balance it is fun. Don’t wear flipflop sandals. Had a great time. I am older and made it so anyone who can walk unassisted if they take it slow and watch their footing can. Oh you need a valid passport as you leave US territory for British.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 1, 2023
  • kellylavis
    King City, Canada35 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Baths and Devil’s Beach
    The Baths are an interesting natural phenomenon to view. Nice activity to bet you off the boat and stretch your legs. Devils beach is amazing spot to float around and enjoy some beach time.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 25, 2023
  • marsha24
    53 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Baths at Virgin Gorda are great ... if you are early enough!
    If you have never been to The Baths, highly recommend the experience. However, I would only go if you are the first tour off your ship or even earlier if possible. Since we were on a small vessel, we were able to get there and be the first group of the day. We were able to go through the caves first, and I cannot imagine how long it would take if there is a line in front of you. There is a beach on either end of the caves and we spent about half hour at each one before climbing back up to the parking lot. By that time there were hundreds of people. Of course, there were two huge cruise ships so I am sure it's not so bad on off days.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 28, 2024
  • Nigel B
    Chipping Ongar, United Kingdom275 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don't miss the Baths
    A must visit when sailing the BVI. We moored to a ball but the red flag was flying meaning it was dangerous to take the tender in and swim ashore....although some were doing this. We carried onto a slip at Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour and took a taxi to the Baths. Quite a walk down to get to the start but well worthwhile. Quiet when we visited, don't visit at a time when large cruise ships are in Road Town.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written February 25, 2024
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Hollis P
Westampton, NJ320 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
A trip to Devils Bay National Park and The Baths is a visit not to be missed when in the British Virgin Islands. We took Sir Speedy's ferry from Tortola. It is about a 45 minute ride and I recommend getting the package that includes taxi service to The Baths. For seniors the package was only $28.00 per person. (Although not expected, it is kind to tip your taxi driver.) We took the 10:40 departure and the 3:30 return. Take water, sunblock, towels, and water shoes with you. A waterproof bag for electronics is also handy. Once you are dropped at The Baths, you need to buy a ticket to visit. For seniors, it was $3.00. There is a circular route that goes clockwise and starts behind the ticket booth. It takes you on a ten minute walk to Devil's Bay National Park. The trail descends and is a bit rocky. After arriving at Devil's Bay you can relax and swim for a bit before completing your clockwise journey to The Baths. Explorers go through rocks, crevices, wooden stairs, rope assists, and water pools before reaching The Baths. It is not difficult,but you will have to crawl at times. Once reaching The Baths, you can swim, buy food, rent a locker and enjoy the beautiful view. It is a short walk up the hill to reach the parking lot and ticket office where you started. The entire hike took us about two hours. We ended our adventure with a delicious lunch at the Top of the Baths. If someone in your group is claustrophobic, or not generally in good shape, it would probably be best for them to take the short trail directly to The Baths and avoid Devil's Bay. I found this not only a great outdoor experience, but a bargain as well. The entire day cost about $100.00. Here is an added tip. If you have flexible travel plans, Google the cruise ship arrival dates for Tortola. You can avoid selecting a day when thousands of passengers are in port, many of them will be visiting The Baths.
Written February 29, 2020
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We❤️2Travel
Charlotte, NC649 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
I am already trying to figure out the next time we’ll be back to the Baths!

Our cruise ported in Tortula and we took the public ferry boat to the Baths, Virgin Gorda!

What an incredible location! The granite stones are just perfect backdrops for photos!

We unfortunately didn’t take our snorkel gear (thinking we wouldn’t have had time to snorkel). Wish we did! The water was absolutely crystal clear and the most gorgeous blues we’ve ever seen!

We paid the few bucks to walk down to Devil’s Bay through the boulders of the famous Baths! Make note that if you have enough time, go all the way down to Devil’s Bay- because once you go through the caves, there is no going back unless you walk all the way back up and then pay to go down again.

Tip: take your time, take plenty of photos. Everyone is there to take photos, so don’t feel rushed with people. Everyone is super understanding if you take your time.

Note: portions of the caves require traversing wooden steps and climbing rocks. Totally not a problem if you go slow and take your time (we saw kids of all ages from toddlers to the elderly).
Written July 27, 2020
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Gigi
New Haven, CT11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
I was skeptical about visiting here since there was so much buzz about crowds and tourists, but you must see it. We did stay on Virgin Gorda, so we had the luxury of going to visit the Baths "after hours" (we visited twice after 5p, and twice around 11 a.m. After hours, you will pretty much have the place to yourself to explore, which was amazing. During regular operating hours, taxi buses are dropping off tourists, and the restaurant and shops get pretty busy, and the actual Baths and beach are pretty busy as well. But you also have the amenities during operating hours: snack stand/bar on beach, restrooms, little shops, snorkeling and swimming rentals, staff to assist you. When you arrive to the Baths, you have a restaurant and shops (a great coffee and ice cream shop that also makes boozy ice cream shakes) and a small bar next door. You walk down a beautiful little pathway (5 minute walk) to the beach. If you visit after operating hours, you're on your own. Everything is closed, but exploring the rocks and caves and coves when they are empty is another experience altogether. Either way, it's definitely worth the trip and by far one of my favorite places I have ever been.
Written February 27, 2020
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Walter P
Brantford, Canada97 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
We were on a cruise (Norwegian Encore) that stopped in Tortola. From what I read it was Jost Van Dyke or the Baths. We chose the Baths and we were not disappointed. The beach is amazing, the boulders are something to behold and the water is crystal clear.
Don’t waste your money paying the cruise ship $150 each. We walked 10 minutes to the ferry terminal, went to the Speedys booth and paid $38 each. That covers the ferry from Tortola to Virgin Gorda and a shuttle from the dock to the Baths. There is an additional $3 each to get into the park. Incredibly cheap for what you get.
I can’t recommend this day trip enough!
Written February 22, 2020
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Jefferxx
Toronto, Canada15 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
we have been to Virgin Gorda twice now. Once a year ago, and now in January 2020. It's a wonderful place! We took the "Speedy's" ferry this year; took the "Sensation" ferry last year. They are exactly the same price, it's a question on whether their schedules coordinate with your timing. They each have set schedules (and they seem to run on time). You buy a return ticket at the dock for $38 USD and that provides you with a ferry ride to and from the dock, as well as a shuttle to and from the Gorda at the other end.

The ferry ride is about 30 minutes each way. It's a nice ride. Sit outside if you can.

The Gorda is really cool. There's a pathway to the rocks. Admission is $3 each. The walk is a bit challenging in that it's rocky and windy. You don't have to be fit to do it, just be careful as the footing is sometimes rocky. It's about 15 minutes on the path. Once you're there, it opens up onto a beautiful beach. It was wavy this year when we arrived, so the snorkelling wasn't very good. Last year it was spectacular! The water was crystal clear with lots of fish. The depth drops off quickly and is about 20' deep 50 yards off shore. Wonderful diving if the weather cooperates.

The walk through the rocks is cool. It's a bit of a challenge if it's wavy since at some points the waves can knock you over. Worth the trip though.

There's also a good bar at the entrance, with a small pool that's refreshing.

This is a great outing!
Written February 2, 2020
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Peter R
Boston, MA2,216 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Part of our BVI snorkel cruise with Cruz Bay Watersports, the stop at the Baths was definitely one of the highlights. These giant rocks have been smoothed and shaped by the water and allow for visitors to crawl/walk through passages that allow you to marvel at the spectacle. It does require the ability to walk up some steps and walk hunched over for 20 feet or so to get through some of the narrow passages. It is not at all claustrophobic. I went through wearing a bathing suit, carrying a camera and barefoot. There are places where the water will be waist high or so. Wear sunscreen. There are opportunities to swim and then you will be able to air dry. Bathrooms are available and there are gift shops and places for food and beverages. There is no fee for this
Written February 17, 2020
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yosif2018
Washington DC, DC67 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
We were there in the high season, so it could be different when there are fewer boats. We arrived at the same time as a cruise ship bus. We could not enjoy the beautiful landscape and cool rock formations as we twisted through in a cattle line. If you have to go in high season, here is my advice. Tie to a buoy off Devil's Bay and swim ashore there---they have swim lines to help. You will be right at the entrance to the Baths. Time your entry to avoid getting jammed in with large groups.
Written January 25, 2020
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citygirlNj
New Jersey88 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
We stopped on this island and hiked all around the rocks and caves and it was worth it. Very nice scenery some great picture opportunities.There was a cute local bar to stop at for a drink afterwards and you can do some swimming. If you do go there I highly recommend trying to miss the timing of the cruise ship. They bring them over and it’s so much more enjoyable if you Beat them, We went early in the morning.
Written January 23, 2020
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beverleyspringham
Reigate, UK44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Nothing can prepare you for The Baths. I’m not hugely adventurous so I was slightly worried about this cave system you navigate on foot and have to swim to reach. The swim is slightly challenging. You moor your boat, take your tender to the roped off perimeter, swim to shore (maybe 100m). Most people make it. Some don’t. It’s exhilarating if you’re not Bear Grylls. The caves are breathtaking and the beach at the end is blissful before making your way back through the caves. Definitely worth a visit. Don’t be put off by the wardens attempting to channel you through a strict one-way system. Once you get past them it’s a free-for-all to enjoy this natural wonder.
Written February 13, 2020
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Hendoo
Rocklin, CA36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Couples
Incredible day trip to relax and enjoy the spectacular scenery. The water is warm and offers granite boulders to sun bathe, crawl or jump off (if your agile enough).

You can visit from either US or British VI. If visiting from USVI, don’t forget about the $75 pp fee for visiting the BVI.

Tip: To maximize the enjoyment, look for tours or transportation companies who can allow you more than a couple of hours. My last visit originated from St Thomas and although it was fun, I felt rushed and would’ve liked a longer stay at this incredible location.
Written January 13, 2020
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