A day at the Baths

Trip Start Jun 01, 2010
Trip End Mar 11, 2011

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Friday, July 16, 2010

With the wedding behind us it is time to relax and enjoy. Not that we did not enjoy the preparations so far, but still its a good feeling knowing that everything went according to plan. We started our day with the breakfast and headed out to the reception after. We arranged for a picnic lunch box, and a boat to take us to Gun Creek. There we have a rental company to pick us up to get our rental car for the day. Our plan is to tour the island of Virgin Gorda and pay a visit to the legendary “Baths”.

The boat ride to Gun Creek is a short 10 minutes at most. The harbor is close to were we sailed to earlier this week. At the dock the rental car company was waiting for us. The driver took us to the rental car location which was in Spanish Town on the other side of the Island. So we actually got a tour of the Island before our rental started. The driver stopped at several view points showing us the different islands around us, great service.

Arrived at the rental place we got our car for the day, a green Daihatsu Terios. This is a mini 4x4 car which reminded us a lot of our small little dinky toy back in Bermuda. We got a home made map from the rental company showing us the roads and landmarks of the island. There is basically one main road on the island, and one unfinished road that ends in a dead end. Further there are two little towns, Spanish Point and Leverick Bay. The directions to the Baths that were given to us are telling us to turn left where we see a green building and then turn right at a place called Rosies or something like that. Luckily there were street signs pointing to the Baths as we never saw the green building nor the place called Rosies.

The drive was a short one, no more that 10 minutes, and we parked the car and headed out to the restaurant for a drink. We ordered a Coke and sat down and made a plan of exploration. Soon the restaurant was invaded by a large group of school kids on some kind of excursion. But after a short while they all disappeared, probably off to their next stop. There are some interesting theories on how these huge granite boulders suddenly appeared on the tip of Virgin Gorda. One is that they were thrown there by volcanoes, another one is that they where pushed by glaciers. I have my own little theory, I think that the aliens that were transporting boulders to Easter Island to make their statues, lost a load on their way. There is a small chance that this holds true, but it sure fits the surreality of the landscape.

We made our way down the path between the boulders to the beach. We walked around the beach for a bit and had our lunch sandwich on one of the boulders in the water. We did not bring our snorkeling gear as we planned on going snorkeling at Devils Bay. According to the car rental guy this place was better for snorkeling as it should be less crowded and has better underwater life. It is a short way down, only 300 yards. But the heat and humidity make the way back up quite an exercise. Nevertheless we climbed up back to the car and got our snorkeling gear, only to head back down another path to Devils Bay. Here we strapped on our fins and headed out into the water. The underwater life was indeed amazing. Besides squid, tons of parrot fishes and huge schools of fry, we saw a couple of huge silver tarpons. When we checked the photos we made we saw that behind them on the surface there was an even bigger barracuda. The currents around the rocks were strong, so we headed back to the beach. Here we made our way through the tunnels and caves between the boulders back to the “Baths” beach from where we made our way back to the car.

After our little expedition we drove to the tip of the island where there are some ruins of an old copper mine. We snapped some photos and headed back into town, or at least the few buildings that made up the town of Spanish point. On our way back to the dock we stopped at all the highlights of Virgin Gorda. We payed a short visit to Little Dix Bay, a poche resort close to Spanish town. We drove till the end of the dead end road, and we diverted into Leverick Bay. Here we had a few drinks whilst we waited for our ferry ride back.

After a long day in the sun we both caught a bit of a sunburn. We had a nice shower in the hotel and headed out for our last dinner at Biras Creek. Tomorrow we will sail off on the Crystal Clear. She lies ready at the dock, waiting for us....

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