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Virgin Gorda is Bitter End’s island home. Named by Christopher Columbus for its unique shape of a reclining woman, it is the third-largest island (at just 8.5 square miles) in the British Virgin Islands and boasts many pristine beaches, coves and caves worth exploring.
Natural beauty is in abundance and accessible via indigenous plant-lined trails, nature sanctuaries and natural wonders of our protected national parks — no visit to Virgin Gorda is complete without a visit to the world famous “Baths.” And if you love beaches, make sure to visit Savannah Bay, regularly ranked among the Caribbean’s best. To stretch your legs, hike to the island’s high point, Gorda Peak, for a splendid panoramic view of the surrounding islands. Or climb to “Drake’s Lookout” at BEYC, overlooking Eustatia Sound and North Sound.
Evidence of the rich heritage of African, Indian, English and Spanish history is plentiful, from the Spanish ruins at Little Fort National Park to the Cornish Copper Mines, where the old foundations are set against the azure sea at the island’s southwestern tip. Don’t miss the trip to Spanish Town to sample Virgin Gorda’s local cuisine and culture.
Off the northeast arm of Virgin Gorda is the North Sound, which washes ashore Bitter End’s mile of waterfront. It is known for its beautiful coral reefs, sponges and brilliant fish.
Considered among the best deep-water anchorages in the Caribbean, if not the world, Bitter End is. protected all around by islets and reefs, North Sound is a microcosm of the BVI, featuring great snorkeling spots, beautiful beaches, and a vibrant yachting community. Seafarers have been visiting North Sound dating back hundreds of years, including Sir Francis Drake and Sir John Hawkins.
As the final outpost before the Caribbean Sea meets the open Atlantic, Bitter End covers 64 acres of this island but is accessible only by water. That’s how Bitter End earned its name–thanks to its remote, secluded (and therefore idyllic) location.
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“Been to most islands in the Caribbean and this island outpost is my favorite.”