Caribbean Snapshots: The Baths, Virgin Gorda, BVI

Explore the Caribbean's most inquiring beachside rock formations


There’s nothing like it anywhere else in the Caribbean. At The Baths, giant granite boulders are scattered helter-skelter along a white sand beach, as if a giant had abandoned his rock collection. Located on the island of Virgin Gorda, in the British Virgin Islands, this unique rock formation is the eroded remains of an ancient volcanic upheaval.

The bathers who flock to this oversized rock pile care less about the geology than the topography, which includes a trail that meanders through shaded grottoes and tidal pools hidden within the rocks. After negotiating the boulder maze, explorers can linger at the adjacent beach. The Baths are visited by day trippers from as far away as St. Thomas, so its best to arrive early if you want to stake out a prime piece of sand.