Travel Around Virgin Gorda
Whenever someone goes on vacation they often think about what they would like to do while they’re away. Whether they’re staying in one of the rental homes in virgin gorda or they have booked a room in a hotel, they usually consider what they want to do, and of course, what their accommodation would be like. However, many people tend to forget about travel, and by this, I mean how they are going to travel around the island. Some people even make the mistake of assuming that they can just walk from one place to the other as the island is quite small.
Travelling around Virgin Gorda is not particularly difficult, but you may have to plan your trips carefully if you plan on staying out quite late. This is because some ferries have limited timetables and it would be unfortunate if you had to swim ‘Home’ because you missed the last ferry.
Let’s take a closer look at how you can travel around Virgin Gorda so you can start making your plans today:
Virgin GordaTravelling by Taxi:
As with most vacation destinations, taxis in Virgin Gorda are widely available. You will find a row of taxis outside airports, close to beaches and other tourist attractions. You may be interested to know that you can hire an open-sided taxi bus if you are travelling with a large group of people. You should be aware that the charge for hiring a taxi bus tends to be approximately $5 per person, depending on where you would like the driver to take you.
You can get around most of the island by taxi as most of the island’s roads are suitable for driving on. However, the roads that head to Nail Bay and Mango Bay are not suitable for driving on, but work is going ahead on the roads at the time of writing. This could mean that by the time you read this article the roads will be ready to accept taxis.
Travelling by Car:
You will have the opportunity to hire a car if you wish, but if and when you do so please remember that you need to drive on the left side of the road. You may also want to think about taking your time as you make your way around the island as some of the roads are quite poorly maintained. If you would like to visit North Sound, please note that you cannot reach it by car. You will have to jump aboard a ferryboat.
If you would like to make your way around Virgin Gorda by car, you will be pleased to know you have a few options. You can either drive around and see where you end up, or you can drive from the south-west of the island all the way to the north-east. You can do this by driving along the island’s somewhat rocky spine. This road will take you from the Baths to the Spanish Harbour, which is located close to the middle of the island, and onto Gorda Peak. From Gorda Peak, you can make your way close to North Sound where you will find a few ferryboats that will happily take you all the way to North Sound.
Please note that there are no sidewalks running alongside the road, this means you will have to be on the lookout for pedestrians. Many people seem to happily walk at the side of the road, no matter how dangerous it may seem to you or I. You may even come across some livestock to, so make sure you slow down so you can pass them safely. The good news is that the speed limits on the island are not very fast, making it a lot safer for everyone to get around.
Lastly, if you need to fill up on gasoline, the gas stations at either end of Spanish Town is where you need to be.
Travelling by Ferry:
As you may already be aware, you can travel around Virgin Gorda by ferry. More specifically, you can get to North Sound by ferryboat, but this is not the only destination you can travel to. Many visitors to the island like to travel to other parts of the island. For example, you can get a ferry from St. Thomas to Spanish Town, and from Spanish Town to Beef Island.
There are three different ferry companies on the island, Speedy’s, North Sound Express, and Smith’s. Each of these ferries will take you to different destinations, so you will need to make sure that you hop on the right one.
Please note that ferry schedules do tend to change from time to time, so you may want to make sure you have a copy of the latest schedule.
Travelling by Foot:
While it’s unsafe for you to walk on the side of the road from place to place as there are no sidewalks, you can typically get around the towns with relative ease. It’s generally quite easy to walk from the beach to the local stores and restaurants, but if you would like to go anywhere else you may need to hire a taxi or a taxi bus.
There are plenty of opportunities for you to travel around Virgin Gorda, however, you will need to be prepared to change your travel plans if the weather is bad, or the ferry schedule changes briefly. With a little bit of planning, you could find yourself making your way around the island with ease, visiting all those wonderful historical and stunning sights you’ve always wanted to see.