Honeymoon guide to The Baths
Pick your own spot to sunbathe on The Baths, a series of unspoiled white-sand beaches. Then swim and snorkel amid limpid pools and grottos flooded with turquoise seawater surrounded by gigantic granite boulders.
The Baths – a collection of massive granite boulders up to 12m (40ft) in diameter, surrounded by white sand beaches and secret rock pools – encompass the beaches and rocky shoreline on the southwestern tip of Virgin Gorda.
The beaches are part of a protected national park encompassing 273ha along the southwest coast. There is an entrance fee of US$3 per person.
This protected area also includes Devil's Bay, which is easily reached by boat or by following the series of steps and rope handrails along the coastal trail through the boulders from The Baths.
Devil's Bay is also a popular daytime anchourage that is ideal for swimming and snorkelling.
A short walk or swim north of The Baths sits Spring Bay Beach, one of the best of the island's beaches, with white sand, clear water and good snorkelling among nature-sculpted boulders. The gorgeous white sands of Trunk Bay Beach follow Spring Bay Beach.
Onshore facilities at The Baths include bathrooms and lockers, creating a safe and enjoyable experience in this unique environment.
Note: Strong ocean swells may occur during the winter months, preventing use of the mooring buoys and access to the beach from the sea. Swimming is also discouraged during these periods, due to the strong currents.
The Baths are located around 2km south of Spanish Town between Spring Bay and Devel's Bay.
Anytime is good for a romantic honeymoon getaway in the British Virgin Islands, but avoiding late May to early November – the hurricane season – may be a good idea.
With a subtropical climate cooled by gentle trade winds, temperatures average 28°C (82°F) in the summer months of May to October and around 25°C (76°F) in the winter months of November to April.
For more climate info: British Virgin Islands Weather Guide…
The main island of Tortola is located 6kn northeast of the US Virgin Islands and 97km east of Puerto Rico. Virgin Gorda is situated 19km east of Tortola and 41km east of St Thomas. Anegada, the most northerly of the Virgins, lies 48km east of Tortola.
There is no non-stop air service from North America or Europe to any of the British Virgin Islands, but you can make easy connections to Tortola from St Thomas, St Croix or San Juan in Puerto Rico.
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Latest update British Virgin Islands honeymoon destination: 5 August, 2018