The Baths
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The Baths at Virgin Gorda is a natural wonder, featuring boulders and caverns that make up a maze that leads to secret rock pools and the famous Cathedral Room, a natural pool inside a small cave. At the end, reward yourself with a relaxing time on the beautiful beach at Devil's Bay, or some swimming and snorkeling. You can also take in the stunning view from the Top of the Baths restaurant. To get there, join a small-group tour or take a chartered boat. Try to avoid the hurricane season and visit early in the morning or in the late afternoon for fewer crowds. – Tripadvisor
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  • bluebnt
    Harrisburg, Pennsylvania322 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must do!
    This place is so incredibly beautiful. It was really neat walking through the rocks and enjoying the water. The Poor Man's Bar at the end had the most amazing banana daiquiris (cash only). You absolutely must go here if you are in the area.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 29 April 2023
  • DianaS
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not as challenging as I feared and well worth doing.
    I just finished walking the trail thru the baths. I’m 77 with a bad back. There were a half dozen times I was grateful that my son was along to lend a hand down when I had to step off a rock, but beyond that it was a cinch and well worth experiencing. There were numerous places to stop, rest, take pictures, have a little swim. At the “tricky” places there were ropes to hang onto or large rocks to lean on or sturdy ladders with hand rails. It just wasn’t anything to be worried about. I read several reviews saying “seniors, stay away”. I’m so glad I didn’t follow their advice!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 16 June 2023
  • Sundncr
    Washington DC, District of Columbia1,130 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unique boulder formations and part of boat tour
    The place is famous for its boulders, the water formations under them, the pock marks on the boulders and just the atmosphere around them. I came to this National Park on a boat trip from St. Thomas. You are guided on this tour. Walking is not that strenous. But, you have certain places where you could trip, but the guide was pretty cautious on how we handled the pathways. There are plenty of photo opportunities. On the way, there is calm and beautiful beach you can spend a few minutes on. Along the exit to the park there is a place to sit back and have a snack and drink. A souvenir shop is also available.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 6 July 2023
  • rchadd1996
    South Charleston, West Virginia42 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing beach. Frustrating/crowded hike.
    Loved the beaches but hated having to wait in a long line for the hike due to folks taking forever to climb ladders and use the ropes. The park really needs to think about limiting access or maybe issuing permits to make it a more enjoyable hiking experience. Although there were a lot of uneven surfaces to transverse along with a couple ladders and rope assisted crossings, they aren't that difficult. But if you have any apprehension doing those kinds of things, do everyone else a favor and walk down the easy path from the top and don't cause a bottleneck on the ropes and ladders. The beaches are amazing. Next time we'll take a private boat to get there to avoid the crowded hike.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 16 July 2023
  • Jan N
    Denver, Colorado5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellant
    Have to do the Baths. If on your own chartered boat, easy to get a mooring buoy and take a dinghy to the dinghy line and swim to shore...or just hold on to the swimming rope that outlines the swimming area on the beach. If you have difficulting moving about...getting back into a dinghy can be challenging. Can always take a cab form the Marina.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 9 August 2023
  • Thetravelertoday
    Atlanta, Georgia101 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A bit of heaven on earth
    One of the most beautiful places to visit! The beach at Devils Bay is simply immaculate and pure bliss. Stunningly gorgeous and alone is worth the trip. The journey through the Bath rock formations is very fun and lightly adventurous in spots. You do have to be able to navigate a trail and if it is slick, bring a friend or ask a fellow tourist for a hand just to ensure footing on a few of the rocks but that's typical trail things to be aware of. The difficulty of the trail itself is easy by and large. The Baths beach is also quite lovely and a joy to hang out at. Overall one of our favorites places to visit and the pictures at Devils Bay are the stuff you frame and put on your wall. One thing you can do to deal with the traffic from cruise ships is take a look at going at your own pace. The ferry boats at Road Town will take you and provide your taxi once on Virgin Gorda in both directions. Helps with avoiding the larger cruise ship crowds. We were there on a weekday which perhaps helped as well. Nevertheless, do not miss this spot!
    Visited August 2023
    Written 21 August 2023
  • Ken C
    Lewes, Delaware71 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Baths at Virgin Gorda BVI
    Excellent tour to Virgin took tour from Ritz Carlton, On the Jost Boat. Great captain and crew. When doing this tour be prepared to hike down to the Baths WEAR good sneakers. Incline is somewhat tricky but with good footwear and a decent sense of balance it is fun. Don’t wear flipflop sandals. Had a great time. I am older and made it so anyone who can walk unassisted if they take it slow and watch their footing can. Oh you need a valid passport as you leave US territory for British.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 November 2023
  • kellylavis
    King City, Canada35 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Baths and Devil’s Beach
    The Baths are an interesting natural phenomenon to view. Nice activity to bet you off the boat and stretch your legs. Devils beach is amazing spot to float around and enjoy some beach time.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 November 2023
  • marsha24
    53 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Baths at Virgin Gorda are great ... if you are early enough!
    If you have never been to The Baths, highly recommend the experience. However, I would only go if you are the first tour off your ship or even earlier if possible. Since we were on a small vessel, we were able to get there and be the first group of the day. We were able to go through the caves first, and I cannot imagine how long it would take if there is a line in front of you. There is a beach on either end of the caves and we spent about half hour at each one before climbing back up to the parking lot. By that time there were hundreds of people. Of course, there were two huge cruise ships so I am sure it's not so bad on off days.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 January 2024
  • Nigel B
    Chipping Ongar, United Kingdom275 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don't miss the Baths
    A must visit when sailing the BVI. We moored to a ball but the red flag was flying meaning it was dangerous to take the tender in and swim ashore....although some were doing this. We carried onto a slip at Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour and took a taxi to the Baths. Quite a walk down to get to the start but well worthwhile. Quiet when we visited, don't visit at a time when large cruise ships are in Road Town.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 25 February 2024
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Leah T
1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
The beach is extremely ruff very crowded. We timed this around the cruise ship. We decided to take a car instead of anchoring off shore. Which was a good choice based on conditions. My adventures kids and husband climbed the big boulders and I joined them. Hubs got ahead of us and we got stuck and had to swim around. It was not a good situation and I definitely know better. Googled after and found quite a few drownings out there. Stick to the hike which was very cool and safe. I would stay out of the water.
Written 9 April 2024
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workingfamilytravels
Jacksonville, FL43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
2 national parks in 1! The hike to and from the top was hot and rocky at times. But it made swimming in Devil’s Bay all the better. The hike, wade, climb and more through the Cave at the Baths was better than we imagined. It was both breathtakingly beautiful and fun to go through this natural obstacle course.

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Written 9 April 2024
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sierradog1
Cleveland, OH495 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
The Baths National Park in BWI is a breathtaking venue that is way too crowded on cruise ship days. We were on a cruise ship tour of about 125--so I can't speak for when the cruise ship crowd isn't there. We had decided from reading the reviews that some in our party would take the easier way down--our tour group guide gathered those people together and convinced most that they were overreacting and could easily negotiate the tougher trail. Yes it was beautiful--the cactus landscape and the views of the sea were stunning. However, the trail itself was a huge traffic jam all the way down to the beach. Then on top of the slow pace and crowds--folks that were in individual small groups (not on the cruise ship tour) were told that it was OK to go around the crowds and bypass all of us standing in line to proceed further. Once we got down to the "baths" area where there was protected water surrounded by rocks, it was body to body crowded. We were so worried about the limited time we had on the tour and how long it took us to descend down the path (due to crowds) that we immediately got in line for the more difficult paths thru the boulders to get to the beach. Their were steep stairs that were slippery (going up and down) and areas where you had to hold onto a rope or rail in order to maintain your balance, there were slippery boulders that one had to traverse bending down to about 50% of your height, and there were areas that you had to pull yourself up a boulder using a rope. There were also some areas when you had to step down 2 feet--that's where I saw several folks with skinned knees who had fallen. Now I am in my 70's and walk daily and had very minimal difficulty with this path--but at least 1 in 10 of the people in line had no business being on that path and many had been told at the top of the trail "you'll be fine--don't go down the easier path." Going thru the boulder paths took about 45 minutes (would have probably taken 5 minutes with no lines). When you finally reach the beach area there are picnic tables and a bar where you can buy drinks and food. (Bring cash). The water looked very inviting considering how hot it was--but there was a red flag and no one could go in the water due to dangerous waves and currents. The path back up to the top is not steep--just uphill all the way with some steps. Took about 15 minutes at a moderate pace for me. In summary--this is definitely a beautiful area--but figure out how to go on a day or time when it's not so busy.
Written 1 April 2024
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Nelg22
East Midlands, UK96 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Family
This is a great beach on a beautiful island, so laid back, a perfect place to sit on the rocks drink a beer and watch the sailing boats go by or even drop anchor so that passengers can enjoy a visit to The Baths. Good little bar on the beach and restaurant above. Visit whenever possible you will not be dissapointed.
Written 7 March 2024
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Nigel B
Chipping Ongar, UK275 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
A must visit when sailing the BVI. We moored to a ball but the red flag was flying meaning it was dangerous to take the tender in and swim ashore....although some were doing this. We carried onto a slip at Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour and took a taxi to the Baths. Quite a walk down to get to the start but well worthwhile. Quiet when we visited, don't visit at a time when large cruise ships are in Road Town.
Written 25 February 2024
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Jeff G
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
I highly recommend independently booking the ferry from the Tortola cruise port (Roadtown) to Virgin Gorda to visit The Baths. There are several ferry options, but you need to be careful to check the departure and return times as they may change when the cruise ships are in port.

FERRY Options
I took Sensation Ferry but also have options with Speedy’s or Smiths. The cost is the same - $40 round trip including $10 for the open air taxi from the VG dock to the Baths. You want to pick the one that best fits your cruise schedule and allows for flexibility on return. I found the schedule online was different from what I found when I got to the dock so you want to try to confirm beforehand, I see no reason to book in advance as it is easy to book when you get there. The ferrys are not crowded (less than 15 passengers outgoing)) and plenty of indoor seating w AC, Very comfortable ride,

TIMELINE
I got the 10:20 Sensation Ferry. It is about a half mile walk from the ship to the ferry location. Just walk to the left after leaving the port and walk along the water thru empty parking lots. Less than 10 min walk. The ferry takes 30 min from Roadtown to Virgin Gorda, then a 10 min taxi to The Baths, so got there by 11:00 am. Return taxi from Baths was either 1:30 (w 1:45 departure - back to Tortola by 2:15 and ship by 2:25), or take 2:30 taxi for 3 pm ferry and 3:30 back to port. I opted for the 1:30 taxi which gave me 2.5 hours to visit the Baths.

BEACH OPTIONS
I have made this trip 3 times now. The first two we stopped at Spring Bay which is about a half mile before you get to the Baths. You need to tell the driver beforehand that you want to get off there as they do not normally stop. This beach is much less crowded, has the same huge boulders and great snorkeling. You miss the CAVES (and no facilities) if you go there but based on the smaller crowds I prefer it. Warning that locals go there and there can be some pot smoking (the second time there this was a problem). Not sure how common that is.

99% of people (and all tours) go the BATHS. Here there are three basic options:
Most common is to take the trail to the left which is about 15 min to get down to the CAVES which is a trail under the huge boulders. Very crowded as it took about 30 min to get thru 260 m long trail. Most of the time you are waiting for the old people to climb the ladders and scoot under the rocks. It is spectacular but frustrating when so crowded. You need decent shoes to walk the trail to the Caves (flip flops not recommended) but then you take shoes off when walk thru the Caves as in ankle to knee deep water at times. There are some steep 6 step stairs (nearly ladders) so it takes some strength and flexibility to maneuver. I did not find it at all challenging but others definitely did. That’s the problem with the old cruise passengers who struggle with it.
Other option is to go to the far left to Devils’ Bay. I did not do this but I heard others did this and never did see the Caves or the Baths. I think it’s a bit less crowded. Maybe a 15 min walk to this from the top with somewhat steep steps.
Last option is to skip the Caves and just go the right directly to the Baths beach. Takes less than 10 min and less steep than path to the Caves. The Caves can only be walked in one direction so if you go to the Baths first you can not enter the Caves. The Baths can be terribly crowded when the cruise ships are in Tortoia. It was not too bad this time but the last time when I swam over from Spring Bay it was incredibly crowded. This is a common complaint. They do have facilities at the beach for drinks, lunch, lockers, souvenirs… Only shade is by the boulders. It is a beautiful beach but again the crowds are a problem. I snorkeled from the Baths but the better fish were off to the right as facing the water. I swam all the way to Spring Bay beach which is about 600 m away plus a 400 m walk. It is a fairly easy 10 min walk back to the Top of the Baths where the taxi picks you up. Also a nice restaurant there with a beautiful view.

TOUR vs INDEPENDENT FERRY
I met up with many from our ship at the Caves who were doing exactly the same as I was doing but for a cost of about $120 vs the $43 I paid (including the $3 fee to enter the Baths). The big advantage (in addition to the cost) for independent reservation is flexibility of schedule. Had I wanted I could have gotten an earlier ferry (maybe 8 am) and spend 4 or 5 hours at the beach. I had two options for return so could have stayed another hour if I wanted. I much prefer the independent option. The only downside is that if you have trouble walking a half mile, then the cruise excursion includes a shuttle from the port to the ferry site in Roadtown. That was not an issue for me so much prefer the independent option.
Written 23 February 2024
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setsail2424
Liberty Lake, WA159 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
I have been sailing the islands for 30 years and this was always one of my favorite spots. Not anymore. The cruise ship now bring so many people there you wait in long lines just to go through. Plus now you have to hike to the top (if you arrive by boat) and pay a fee to go through. While one of the most amazing and beautiful places in the BVI it is not a hard pass for me. Its unfortunate what they have done and ruined a wonderful experience.
Written 30 January 2024
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marsha24
Albany, NY53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
If you have never been to The Baths, highly recommend the experience. However, I would only go if you are the first tour off your ship or even earlier if possible. Since we were on a small vessel, we were able to get there and be the first group of the day. We were able to go through the caves first, and I cannot imagine how long it would take if there is a line in front of you. There is a beach on either end of the caves and we spent about half hour at each one before climbing back up to the parking lot. By that time there were hundreds of people. Of course, there were two huge cruise ships so I am sure it's not so bad on off days.
Written 28 January 2024
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Alto Dave
Phoenix, AZ75 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
The baths are breathtakingly beautiful. Our tour took us to a well visited beach where we swam for about an hour. Then they gathered us up and took us through the caves. Strong word of caution: the caves are not for people with mobility issues. Despite this, they made everyone go through the caves. Here's the bottom line: either be one of the first people through the caves, plan on waiting in huge lines that don't move or skip the caves altogether. It was infuriating to wait in long lines, sometime times while bent over in an narrow part of the cave because the line wasn't moving.

Here's a better plan, when they gather you at the beach to go to the cave, if you are not one of the first in line, go back up the trail that took you to the beach. Then you can go back to the parking lot and take another short trail down to the baths, restaurant and bar. From there, you can take a short walk into the "Cathedral" of the cave and get a great experience. Much better than waiting in 1 and 1/2 hour lines.
Written 13 January 2024
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DJ FLAIR
Columbus, OH32 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
This place is beautiful but make sure you give yourself enough time, they literally dropped us off and said you have to be back on the bus in the next 30 minutes or you will not make the boat back to the island - and it takes you 20 minutes from the drop off to get down to the caves lol tell me how that's supposed to work.... I ran down the path spent about 10 minutes in the water and had to run back up to make sure I wasn't stuck there... the last boat leaves at 3:30 so make sure you get your butt there plenty early
Written 3 January 2024
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