Spanish Town is the main business and financial centre and is flanked by Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour, a major port for ferries and visiting yachts. The harbour has an array of gift and clothing shops, banks, provisioning markets and outdoor cafes. The Coppermine is located on a windswept cliff on the island’s south-east shore. Early settlers from Cornwall, England set up a copper mining industry that flourished in the 1800s. The mine closed in 1862 but the ruins including the engine house and chimney are still visible and the area is now a national park.
The northern reach of the island known as “the North Sound” is accessible by boat only. Here flanked by the smaller islands – Moskito, Prickly Pear, Eustatia, Necker and tiny Saba Rock, are some of the islands’ finest resorts and restaurants. This area is a mecca for water sports whether it be windsurfing, kayaking, parasailing or the more extreme sport of kiteboarding – there is a little something for everybody. Ferries from Gun Creek run to all the major resorts.
Virgin Gorda Sites at a Glance
- Little Fort National Park: A 36-acre wildlife sanctuary east of the Yacht Harbour, Little Harbour also contains the remains of a Spanish fort.
- Nail Bay: The ruins of a 19th century sugar plantation are on the grounds of the Nail Bay Resort.
- The Coppermine: The small national park is located on a windswept hill and contains the remains of a copper mine operated by Cornish miners between 1838 and 1867.
- Gorda Peak National Park: At 1500 feet this national park is the island’s highest point, and features a variety of indigenous and exotic plant life.
- Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour: The island’s largest marina, the Yacht Harbour also contains shops, restaurants, a dive operator and a bank.
- North Sound: Known as a sailor’s playground, this sheltered area at Virgin Gorda’s eastern end, has several well-known resorts, restaurants, water sports facilities and a small marine museum at Saba Rock.