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“Loved our trip to the baths in Virgin Gorda”
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Owner description: The most well-known attraction on the island, these giant boulders or batholiths, brought to the surface by volcanic eruptions, are scattered about forming a beautiful grotto and tranquil pools.
Reviewed September 23, 2011

I loved our trip to the baths in Virgin Gorda. The baths are unique unusual rock formations that look like giant granite boulders thrown all over the beach, they form labyrinths and pools. I want to elaborate on this day, our plan was to enter the water at spring bay and then snorkel to the baths. Well Dave had a mask malfunction so we have to drive back to our villa and get a new mask, on the way back we picked up a honey moon couple along the road and they went with us. Tropical Storm Maria was off the coast so the water was a little rougher then we had hoped for but the day was beautiful and sunny. Well Spring bay looks very much like the Baths, only in my opinion it is much nicer, larger beach and a great area to just swim around in and as it was off off season we had the beach to ourselves. Well after 45 minutes of snorkeling the current really turned rough and we had to head back into shore and it was then that we discovered we had swam right past the baths and were actually at devils bay. We climbed thru the labyrinths of rocks back to the baths and from there walked back on the road to spring bay. We had lunch (that we had packed) back at Spring bay and enjoyed the beautiful beach there. Spring bay has a few picnic tables and some shade, where the baths do not. The snorkel and the climb through the rocks were a lot of fun even though the water was so rough at the end we almost drowned . For trip advisor: I actually recommend starting at spring bay and snorkeling to the baths. If the water had not been rough, it would have been an easy snorkel and spring bay beach is superior to the beach at the baths which I imagine can be very crowded during peak season.

5  Thank AstridWilson
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Reviewed September 12, 2011

A lot of people that go to The Baths take a charter, such as Bad Kitty, or Pirate Penny, both of which I hear are good (though they offer different experiences). Good family friends went on Bad Kitty, and they had a great experience. However, they did say that they just sort of run you through The Baths, and you don't get to have time to explore the park in a leisurely way. I wanted to spend more time there and really check out the formations and snorkel around without being rushed. We had 2 adults and 3 kids on this trip.

We took one of the ferries over from Red Hook in St. Thomas, which was $80 per person round trip (kids were a little less - I believe $60 or $70 pp). The ferry was supposed to leave at 8:30 I believe, but there were some problems with the boat, so we were delayed by about an hour. However, they were able to substitute a much faster boat, so we didn't lose much time at all. We arrived at Virgin Gorda at around 10:15, and were at the Baths by around 10:30 or 10:45. A direct St. Thomas to Virgin Gorda ferry is really the easiest way to go, and you get to spend a lot more time at The Baths that way. One thing to note is that when you fill out the customs forms, you need to do it in pen. We only had a pencil with us, but we had to trace over everything in pen at British customs, which held us up by about 15 minutes.

Once we were there, there are many open air taxis waiting to take you to The Baths, so transportation is no problem. The cost is pretty reasonable - about $8 per person (kids can be less, but probably depends on the taxi driver), though tips seem to be expected and are probably the norm. The taxi guy from Speedy's Taxi service was super friendly, and cut us a break on the bill. The round trip should have been $40, but he charged us $30 since we had 3 kids. I gave him a $10 tip for a total of $40. The driver wouldn't take our money upfront, and told us to meet him at 2:30 at the top of The Baths for the trip back on the 3:00 ferry. He showed up right on time. It only takes about 12-15 minutes to get from the dock to The Baths. There is an entry fee for the Baths - I don't remember how much, but it wasn't significant - $3 to 5 dollars per person is probably what it was. Wikipedia says that there's a free path to Devil's Bay, but we didn't know about it at the time. We didn't see that path, nor did anyone point it out to us. You could probably take the free path down and go the other side by going through the caves, and take the paid path back up since you only pay going in, and not back out.

The walk down to The Baths is a little rocky and can be very uneven. Flip flops are probably not the best to have. We all had watershoes, and those worked just fine. It's probably and 7-8 minute walk down to the bottom. My wife thought it would be a 20 minute walk back up since it's all uphill, but it only took about 10 minutes to walk back up. It wasn't that big a deal. There are lockers down at the bottom of the trail, and you have to go to the bar to buy a coin to access the locker. Make sure you put everything don't need in there once, because if you need to get back in, you have to buy another coin to lock it up again. I believe that the cost of a coin was something like $2.50, but I'm likely misremembering. There aren't that many lockers - perhaps 40 of them, and they're small - only about 6 inches by 8 inches, so don't plan on stuffing a duffel back or anything like that in there. We didn't have any problems getting a locker, but we went during the low season. Your mileage may vary depending on the time of year.

The beach area is fairly narrow, and there's not a lot of shade areas, so get there early if you want to claim a good spot with shade. The caves are really interesting to walk through and explore, and our 3 kids spent at least an hour going through all the nooks and crannies, and finding neat spots to explore. It's amazing that these huge boulders seem to be precariously balanced on top of each other, but yet, they are very firmly rooted in place. The caves are pretty safe, but you really do need waterproof footwear to be able to get around easily. There are some climbs that would be hard to do in bare feet.

The snorkeling on the entry side is pretty, but the best snorkeling is on the other side of the caves at Devil's Bay. You just have to make your way through the caves to get there. Bring your own snorkeling gear if you can. You can probably rent snorkel gear there (I'm pretty sure you can), but we didn't bother since we had our own gear we brought from home. Our stuff isn't fancy - just mask and snorkel kits we got at K-Mart that we've been using throughout the summer. We saw lots of coral and reef formations, as well as fish. The kids had no problem floating around and snorkeling since you're more buoyant in sea water than in fresh water. Because you're snorkeling among the boulder formations, if you stick close to shore, the surf is pretty calm. But if you go out towards the edge of the rocks, it gets a lot more rough. We tried to out into the surf to go from Devil's Bay back to the entrance area, but it was just too rough, so we turned back and went back through the caves.

There is a small food shack/stand on the entrance side, and the food is fine. It's standard beach stand fare - hot dogs, hamburgers, veggie burgers, beer, fries, chips, etc. Don't expect health food. They only take cash, so don't leave home without that. There is a bathhouse, with toilets and showers. Like the lockers, you have to get a coin to use the showers - we didn't bother using the showers. They have a faucet outside both the men's and women's bathrooms where you can wash the sand off your feet and legs.

There is a place at the top where you can get shakes/drinks/food. Our kids got smoothies or shakes at the top just before we left. Make sure you meet your taxi on time at the top. One family didn't make it back in time, and the ferry left without them. However, before we got too far, customs (I think) radioed the boat to say that the family was catching a different ferry, and so the captain agreed to meet them at one of the BVI ports. Don't count on that happening though. It was very nice of the captain to agree to do that since it's never fun to be stranded in a "foreign" country. But the captain said that she would probably get a ton of flack for doing that - I can only imagine how much extra it cost to wait for that family. We waited about an hour for the other family to catch up, so the extra wages and fuel costs I'm sure must have added up. We would have gotten back to Red Hook probably around 4:30, but we didn't get back until almost 6:00 due to the delay.

This was probably one of the best sites (if note THE best) we went to during our week in St. Thomas, and taking the ferry gave us a good 3-4 hours to enjoy the park (yes, it's a BVI National Park), rather than just the short 1 hour that we would have had with a charter tour. I highly recommend the ferry option, especially if you have young children.

5  Thank TravellerMD68
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Reviewed September 12, 2011

My husband wanted to visit The Baths while we were bareboating a sailboat in the BVI. He showed me pictures and a description that sounded too good to be true. I agreed to go there because it was a great mid day stopping point. We moored and the only tough part was getting ashore on our dinghy (rough rocks for the dinghy or to swim from the dinghy). It was tough getting there but worth the aggravation. My 9 year old son is not sold on ANYTHING but the trail was like a great adventure obstacle course and the beaches were amazing. We saw beautiful fish and crabs, breathtaking rock formations and tidepools, and just had a great time. We were planning to stop again on our way back but had to outrun a hurricane so even my 9 year old decided to skip it. We would definitely spend more time there if we visit again and would recommend it to anyone whose tour group could bring them easily to shore. Best thing in the BVI!!

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Reviewed August 22, 2011

Went on a day trip from St John. Took the ferry over (1 hr 20 minutes) arrived about 10am ($80 r/t). Took a 5 minute taxi ride to Top of Baths ($8 r/t), paid $3 admission. Down easy trail to Beach. Unbelievable!! Words can not describe the beauty. If you like beaches. This will be one of your favorites. Need to hike through the caves to get to Devils Bay Beach. Again, incrediable. By taking the ferry over, we were able to spend more time (about 4 hrs) at the caves. Easy hike back up hill where taxi's are waiting. Back to ferry and home by 4:30.

4  Thank macdad25
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Reviewed July 28, 2011

Great Catamaran Sailing Trip through Festiva Sailing. Captain Harvey and Ms. Rabbitt.
Stopped several places in Virgin Gorda and one was a great stop at the Baths.
Make sure to make this part of your visit to Virgin Gorda. Surely an experience that
each one needs to do for themselves. Wander in the Caves, enjoy wonderful views and
snorkel. Restaurant on property nice drinks and a great place to visit when coming back from the Baths.

3  Thank VaGoldVirginia
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