Virgin Gorda Journals

Virgin Gorda is for Lovers

A September 1998 trip to Virgin Gorda by naomi

Quote: This is a relatively unspoiled, Eden-esque island in the BVI. It's an 8-mile, cactus-ridden former gold-rush site.

Virgin Gorda is for Lovers

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Overview

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Visitors come here mainly for the incredible bunch of granite boulders deigned, 'The Baths,' with a picture-worthy grove of coconut trees throughout. Virgin Gorda, by the way, means 'Fat Virgin,' not because it was founded by one, but because the island's shape supposedly resembles a girthy lass. I'm not making this stuff up, honest.Quick Tips: Bring a swimsuit, if you're venturing in for a day-trip from a nearby island, and sturdy hiking shoes or sneakers. You can rent scuba and/or snorkeling stuff and if you are lucky to avoid the cruise crowds that get dumped here, it will be relatively empty. You can hike up to the 1,370-foot Gorda Peak or amble through the national park system of trails....Read More

Silverleaf's Fox River Resort

Hotel | "Little Dix Bay Hotel/Resort"

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Each suite has beachfront views, air conditioning, and enough privacy to make you feel secluded, despite being part of a sprawling resort. Set on a private bay in a 500-acre estate, there's formal gardens, tennis courts and plenty of boats to take you away from all this. (Why you'd want to be taken away is a mystery.) If you'd rather be in an isolated location, this is not the place for you. But I found it to be one of the more comfortable resorts I'd been in.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 27, 2000

Silverleaf's Fox River Resort
2558 N. 3653rd Road
Sheridan, Illinois 60551
(815) 496-2369

Bitter End Yacht Club

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Hotel

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This is a fun place to hang out, just to people watch. It's an all-incusive yacht club and guests can stay in hillside or beachfront villas if you care to stay overnight. Or just come for a meal and be on the look-out for the likes of Mel Gibson (who I missed by a day) and John Travolta, who had also recently been through. It's a magnet for testosterone-fueled yachtsmen who come for boat races and talk about riggings and stuff. I came for the food, which was ess interesting than the people floating around.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 27, 2000

Bitter End Yacht Club

Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

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With a name like Pusser's...

It's part of a chain, which should tell you alot about the food quality, but it's a fun hang-out and Friday is all-you-can-eat Cajun shrimp night. It's like a stateside Friday's or Bennigan's: you come for a good time, not to over-analyze each entree. The desserts are great, try the mud pie or if you're daring, the Mud Head, made with the 'world famous' Pusser's rum. There are souvenir shops to check out on the boardwalk locale, too.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 27, 2000

Virgin Hiker

Attraction

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This is a unique island in that it has multiple personalities (like me). There's a beautiful, ritzy resort for the rich folk, and then you have wonderful natural beauty to fall in love with. The boulders are amazing, the walking trails can be a challenge, and the beaches are fine. This is a beautiful, unusual destination that offers family fare as well as romantic possibilities.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 27, 2000