Tortola - The "Baths" Virgin Gorda

Trip Start Jan 22, 2009
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Trip End Feb 08, 2009


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Friday, February 6, 2009

Dear Blog,

Welcome to Tortola, British Virgin Islands, home for sun worshippers and yachtmen alike.  The constant winds along the Sir Francis Drake Channel make it ideal for sailing conditions while the secluded beaches, incredible vistas make the islands a wonderful place to visit.  Well, here I am today ready to see all of this!  The island was once known as a hideway for pirates and freebooters.  Cool!

The British Virgin Islands are several small islands, the largest one being Tortola with the capital Road Town located on it.  The island of Tortola is situated 60 miles east of Puerto Rico and 22 miles east of St. Thomas (US Virgin Islands).    It is approximately 12 miles long and 3 miles wide.  Around 25,000 people live in the BVI's, 21,000 of whom live in Tortola.

This morning, I had booked a lovely scenic drive that would have made me visit several sights of interests and history of the BVI's.  Unfortunately, I did not go, being a bit tired and motion sick.  I guess, not having any more motion sickness patches, the gentle rocking of the ship at night is probably getting to me after two weeks.  :(  As for Mi, he is always up and running!.  As the old saying is:  He keeps going and going and going....

By noon, I was quite fine and ready for my afternoon's tour after having had a nice lunch on board the Caribbean Princess.  Therefore, at noon, off we went. 

Once we disembarked Caribbean Princess, we met with our tour guide and were directed to another direction where we then boarded a motorized ferry boat.  We then cruised along Sir Francis Drake Channel way up to Virgin Gorda which is a small island part of the BVI's.  The ride took a good 45 minutes during which time there was entertainment on board and soft drinks being served.  I could either have sat inside or outside on the deck.  The latter is where I opted to sit, in open air, overlooking the wonderful vistas opening up in front of me under the beautiful blue sky and the warm sun.  It was quite relaxing.   No motion sickness so far. :)  (took my gravol pill).

We finally arrived at the small island Virgin Gorda where we boarded an open-air safari bus for a short 15 minute drive to the famous Baths.  Once we arrived at the gate of the Baths park, we were instructed that there were two different trails that would bring us to two different beaches.  One trail being further away while another one, closer.  Our adventurous side voted for the furthest trail. 

Therefore, off we went, with bathing suits under our clothes, down the marked small uneven rocky trail that had a variety of cactuses and trees as surroundings.  As we made our way around several boulders, our anticipation was rising.  We enjoyed every minute of it, walking at a fast speed being anxious to arrive.  It took a good 10 minutes.  

When we finally reached the end of the trail and stepped out of the woods, an unimaginable view was opening up in front of us.   A spectacular white sandy beach with turquoise clear water surrounded by these big huge grayish boulders, all naturally packed together with secluded passages, it was absolutely mouth dropping!  I have never seen a beach like this before.  These big huge boulders, some the sizes of houses were bordering the beach.  It was absolutely extraordinary beautiful! 

The waves of the sea were quite high as they were being smashed along the boulders by the force of nature.  Mi just couldn't resist it.  Off he went, jumped right in the middle of the beach, started swimming and being pushed ashore by these waves whereas me, jumping all around the place, snapping pictures here and there of these natural wonders.  Of all of the BVI's, these big huge boulders can only be found here, on the Virgin Gorda island.  Nobody can explain why. 

After Mi had enough of swimming, we explored the secluded natural passages of the boulders.  It was fantastic.   Water rising in between the boulders, the bright sunny sun smiling at us, the beautiful blue sky with cottony white clouds, everything looked like a picture right out of a book!  Who can't ask for anything better!   We had a wonderful time. 

With regret, after one hour of being here and having the time of our lives, we started heading back to the gate where we enjoyed a complimentary drink at the guests house.  We then proceeded to make our way back to the ferry boat.  The ride back was totally restful, everyone simply relaxing after an afterfoon full of activities.  The ferry boat dropped everyone off right next to our Caribbean Princess at 4:50pm.  

As the ship left the port at 5:00pm that afternoon, I was on my Mini Suite's balcony waving goodbye to the island.  Tortola and the BVI's are beautiful small islands where I had a wonderful time and was able to see one of of nature's wonders.   It is an island where I would definitely come back in the future.

Thankful for nature's wonders,

Mo
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