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Virgin Gorda

Virgin Gorda
Virgin Gorda is the third-largest of the British Virgin Islands
Location Atlantic Ocean
Archipelago Virgin Islands
United Kingdom
British Overseas Territory British Virgin Islands
Population 3,930[1]

Virgin Gorda is the third-largest (after Tortola and Anegada) and second most populous of the British Virgin Islands (BVI). Located at approximately 18 degrees, 48 minutes North, and 64 degrees, 30 minutes West, it covers an area of about 8 square miles (21 km2). Christopher Columbus is said to have named the island "The Fat Virgin", because the island's profile on the horizon looks like a fat woman lying on her side.

The main town is Spanish Town on the southwestern part of the island.

An unusual geologic formation known as "The Baths" located on the southern end of the island makes Virgin Gorda one of the BVI's major tourist destinations. At The Baths, the beach shows evidence of the island's volcanic origins, as huge granite boulders lie in piles on the beach, forming scenic grottoes that are open to the sea. North of the Baths is the Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbor, formerly owned by Little Dix Bay. The most notable ruin on Virgin Gorda is the old Copper Mine.


  • Transportation 1
  • Education 2
  • Gallery 3
  • References 4


Boat ferry service from Tortola and the Virgin Gorda Airport serves the island. In January 2010, Virgin Gorda Airport was restricted to a very small list of airlines by Air Safety Support International, the territory's aviation regulatory agency, which demanded that the airport be brought in line with international safety standards. The airport reopened in December 2010.

Tourists come from neighbouring islands such as Tortola and St. Thomas by boat and return to these islands for air transportation.


The British Virgin Islands operates several government schools.[2] Virgin Gorda residents are served by Robinson O'Neal Memorial Primary School, a primary school, and Bregado Flax Educational Centre, a combined primary and secondary school which opened in 1982.[3] In 2000 the government created plans to create a primary school on the island.[4]



  1. ^ The BVI Beacon "Portrait of a population: 2010 Census published" pg. 4, 20 November 2014
  2. ^ BVI Government
  3. ^ "Bregado Flax Graduates 21 Students". Island Sun. 2002-07-12. Retrieved 2008-05-27. 
  4. ^ Stoutt, Jerinice (2006-08-23). "Virgin Gorda Primary School". Development Planning Unit. Retrieved 2008-05-27. 

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