KEY ITEMS TO CONSIDER
Plan Your Tip
From December to April: bring light clothes, and possibly a scarf for the breeze and a sweatshirt for the evening.
From May to November: bring lightweight clothing, and possibly a light sweatshirt and a light raincoat for thunderstorms; a sweatshirt and a pashmina.
Camera: If you’re an avid photographer, a waterproof camera is recommended especially if you’re planning on exploring the island and staying close to a beach.
Plug Adapters: If coming from North America, you won’t require a plug adapter. Virgin Gorda has 110V electrical current and triangular plugs as Canada and the United States.
Traveling from the USA / Canada
via San Juan, Puerto Rico
From San Juan (SJU), it’s a short flight over to Virgin Gorda. (VIJ) As a major international airport serving the Caribbean, San Juan is an easy destination from most countries. US Air, Delta, Spirit, Air Canada, West Jet, United, Jet Blue and many other regularly scheduled, charter and discount North American airlines have direct flights to SJU.
Alternative flights to St. Thomas (STT) in the USVI may be available, with a ferry or flight to Virgin Gorda.
Seaborne airlines will begin daily flight service from San Juan to Virgin Gorda. Another convenient option is flying from San Juan to Virgin Gorda on Air Sunshine as well as a new addition of Silver Airways.
Charter carriers such as Fly BVI, Virgin Gorda Air Charters and Island Birds also make the flight to Virgin Gorda during daylight hours. Booking with a charter carrier can be an economical option if you have a group of five or more people arriving at the same time into San Juan or St. Martin. You have the added bonus of a plane waiting for you (even if your aircraft is late).
Another way to get to Virgin Gorda is to fly into Beef Island, Tortola and then take Speedy’s Ferry from Beef Island Tortola airport to Virgin Gorda, or use Seaborne airlines to get across.
Traveling from Europe
via St. Martin
St. Martin (SXM) is a major destination for many European carriers. FLY BVI can take you from St. Martin to Virgin Gorda.
Upon arrival at your port of entry on Virgin Gorda, you will be met by our onsite manager, Heather, along with your car rental company and you will be guided to the villa.
L&S Jeep Rentals, Speedy’s Rentals
You require a valid drivers license from your home country. Simply complete the rental agreement and your adventure begins! There are two gas stations on the island, both in the Valley.
Remember, you must drive on the left side of the road in Virgin Gorda.
Remember, you must drive on the left side of the road in Virgin Gorda.
The official currency of the British Virgin Islands is the United States dollar (US$).
Credit and debit cards are accepted in all restaurants however cash is also appreciated, especially for tips.
If you forget to bring cash with you, there is one ATM machine and one bank on Virgin Gorda located in the Valley in Spanish Town. (Banco Popular)
Virgin Gorda is a safe and quiet island with a welcoming community and all basic necessities, including:
Hospitals: Virgin Gorda has a medical clinic that will help with minor incidences, allergies and prescription re-fills. For more serious incidences, Tortola, the main BVI island, has Peebles Hospital as well as numerous clinics.
Fire Department: Virgin Gorda Fire & Rescue Service
Water safety: Most locals and some tourists drink the local tap water with no harmful effects. Bottled water is readily available in grocery stores.
The best time to visit
All year around! The most popular season runs from December to April, since it is the least rainy period of the year. January through end of March are the driest months and the least hot of all.
In summer, June and July are generally less rainy than August and September, and also have a lower risk of tropical storms and hurricanes, which are most likely between August and October.
The sun shines all year round! The climate is typically hot throughout the year with a more pleasant period from December to March, when the daily average temperature is around 24°C (75°F), and a hotter and sultry period from May to October, when the daily average is around 28 °C (82°F).
The sea is pleasant and warm to swim in all year round, being about 26 °C (79 °F) from January to April and about 29 °C (84 °F) in September and October.
January to April is a relatively dry season and a rainy season from May to December. The least rainy months, when precipitation doesn’t go above 50 millimetres (2 inches) per month, are February and March.
In April and May, there is an increase in rainfall, although there is often a relative decrease in June and July, followed by a recovery from August to November. Generally, the rainiest period is from September to November.
Note: it’s not unusual to see a report that there are showers predicted for each day of your stay. Do not be alarmed. Typically there will be showers somewhere in the BVI sometime during the day, but the islands are all semi-arid and the chances of prolonged rain lasting more than ten minutes is quite remote. Just in case, be sure to ask about our exclusive Villa ValMarc rain guarantee when you book. 😉
Virgin Gorda is the third largest island in the BVI with just under 4,000 people full of zest, kindness and an appreciation of life.
While looking for our ideal vacation home, we searched all over the Caribbean. Virgin Gorda stole our hearts with it’s peaceful beaches, welcoming culture, and limited development that the BVI Government protects.
We know you will enjoy the island as much as we do! Here are some reminders and tips for travelers to ensure your stay is a valuable one.
We always plan for delays and try not to get upset when things inevitably go wrong. Patience is extremely important when traveling!
Don’t Forget to Tip
A simple “Please,” “Thank you,” and “I’m sorry” go a long way. I also like to learn the slang for wine, but that’s just me.
Make a List
About a week or so before each trip, I make a mental list of items I don’t want to forget — which I WILL forget if I don’t write them down. I’ve learned that when I think of something, I need to write it down. Don’t forget your sunscreen and mask n snorkel!
Ensure you understand the change/cancellation policies of the carriers you choose to use. Also consider insurance offered to traveller’s by carriers. Cancellation policy for Villa ValMarc is stated on the rental agreement.
Places to Explore
Virgin Gorda’s natural beauty is breath taking. We’ve been visiting the island since the late 1980’s and every time the island seems to surprise us with its evolving beauty.
Untouched, white-sand beaches include Spring Bay and Devil’s Bay and Savannah Bay. In the BVI nude sunbathing is frowned upon and cover ups should be worn while in town.
The Baths: An unusual geologic formation on the south-western end of the island called The Baths is a must see. At the Baths, the beach shows evidence of the islands’ volcanic origins, as huge granite boulders are stacked on and around the beach forming scenic grottos that are open to the sea. There are hiking trails throughout the formations that are great fun to venture to.
Spring Bay National Park: about ½ mile north of the Baths, has the same captivating landscape and beautiful beach as the Baths, but often with far fewer people. Hunt for the “crawl” a magical, calm pool of water entirely surrounded by boulders.
Savannah Bay is a white sand beach near Mahoe Bay (where Villa ValMarc is) about a mile north of Spanish Town. The sand is narrow but long with plenty of sea grape bushes for shade and the same exquisite white sand as other Virgin Gorda beaches. A recent shade building has been constructed. It is notably shallow a good distance out and is relatively protected from swells, making it a good beach for children. It is also usually nearly empty, and a healthy offshore reef entertains snorkelers.
Gorda Peak National Park
Take the trail to Virgin Gorda’s high point, Gorda Peak, for a panoramic view of the surrounding islands.
Although Gorda Peak National Park is relatively small, just 265 acres, the percentage of rare and endangered species is remarkably high. Gorda Peak’s richness led it to be chosen as a U.K. Darwin Initiative site for preservation of biodiversity.
Two trails cut through the Gorda National Park to a lookout tower near the peak. The main trail provides the most direct route (about 0.75 mile) to the summit. The other trail is less steep and meanders pleasantly through the forest before climbing to the summit. The lookout tower climbs above the tree tops and provides a stunning view of North Sound below. On a clear day, you can see Anegada.
North Sound is the general term used to describe all the land and sea-based locations near Virgin Gorda’s northern tip. Leverick Bay houses two restaurants, a handful of shops, and a hotel. This is a great place to rent water sports gear.
Gun Creek faces the ferry dock that links Virgin Gorda with the islands and bays that circle North Sound. Here you will find a small grocery and a few more bars. There are no roads past Gun Creek, so you must explore North Sound by boat. You can also rent a small boat and putter around North Sound on your own.
Indulge yourself with body treatments, enjoy a pampering session with aromatherapy, or a massage with exotic aromatic oils and scents, as well as volcanic hot stones.
There are a couple of alternatives to welcome you to a world of tranquility and rejuvenation.