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Virgin Gorda is part of the British Virgin Islands.
Since being 'discovered' as a tourist destination in the 1970s, Virgin Gorda is still not over-commercialized. One is reminded of St. John (USVI) before the designer shoe and handbag stores arrived.
The beauty of Virgin Gorda is almost unsurpassed in either the BVI or USVI chain of islands. As a boater who has spent many years at the Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbor, the physical beauty and low-key ambience is surpassed only by the beauty and genuiness of the local people who are well educated, friendly and caring, family oriented and remarkably aware of their place in the world. There is no racial tension and people are judged by their politeness and honesty, regardless of their race. The local police chief once told me that there is no "crime rate" on the island because the criminal really has nowhere to escape to. In reality, however, drugs are prevalent throughout all of the Caribbean islands but not quite a problem on Virgin Gorda. What crime rate exists is usually among tourists. I have found it safe to walk from the Little Dix Bay Hotel to the Yacht Harbor at 4AM or from the Baths back to the yacht harbor after dark without once worrying about safety. Virgin Gorda is truly a peaceful place. By contrast, having spent considerable time on each of the three USVI, I would never consider walking anywhere, alone, after dark and I am a fit, male, street-wise traveler. Racial tension, crime and drug problems are quickly felt and observed on each of the three USVI. Such is not the case on Virgin Gorda or, for that matter, on any of the BVI. There is no "attitude" or "edge" on Virgin Gorda which can often scare the pants off a tourist in the USVI!
There is not much to do on Virgin Gorda if one is looking for shopping, tourist attractions, glitz and packaged parties...but there are some excellent restaurants and bars. The island has some of the most spectacular sunsets to be found, abywhere. The baths are a cool attraction but can become a bit crowded when the small cruise ships come calling. The Mine Shaft Restaurant and Bar is a fun place and the Top of the Baths offers great sunsets and excellent local rum drinks. There is a great Italian Restaurant on the island. The Yacht Harbor complex in Spanish Town has a local yachtie bar with local entertainment most nights. The big attraction, however, is Little Dix Bay Hotel, now a Rosewood property. It is obscenely expensive for a room and the ownership is milking as much cash from tourists as it can. The expectation is that you will spend about $1500 to $2000 per day as a guest of the resort, in season. The property is beautiful but, as with all upscale resorts in 2004-2005, the trend seems to be for the hotel to seek the highest possible rate without regard for encouraging repeat visitors. Rarely can any upscale property live up to the extremely high expectations its stratospheric rates would suggest. Little Dix Bay Hotel, at the rates it charges, quickly disappoints. It seems that the only area where the hotel is consistent is in preparing the bill at the end of your stay. The accounting department catches every tiny little thing and the feeling is one of being nickeled and dimed. If you wanted to be more critical, you would not be unfair to observe that Little Dix Bay could use a lot of remodeling and an attentive staff. The restaurant, however, is superb. It is also expensive but far better than anything I have experienced anywhere in the Caribbean and is heads and shoulders above the usually flawless Four Seasons on Nevis. On the whole, it would make sense to stay at one of the other more reasonable hotels or to rent a private home for one's vacation than to stay at Little Dix Bay Hotel. One can always take a taxi to the hotel for dinner and the dining at Little Dix Bay Hotel is not to be missed. (They have a pastry chef who would easily be elected GOD in a more civilized world.)
There are numerous other beautiful beaches, several of which you might have all to yourself on any given day.
All the usual tropic island activities are available.