Virgin Gorda, or "Fat Virgin", refers to a protruding mountain noted by Columbus on this second largest of the British Virgin Isles. Only ten miles long and two miles wide (8.5 square miles), with a population of about 2,500, the island is known for its yacht clubs, quiet coves, and safe anchorages for bare-boats. It is linked to the other islands by a small airport and regular ferry services. The northern half of the island is mountainous with a good-sized peak of 1,500 feet (Gorda Peak National Park - the highest point on the island), while the southern
half is flat and scattered with giant boulders.
The BVI's most famous natural attraction, The Baths, giant boulders forming a series of spectacular pools and grottoes - is located here. There are some 20 beaches on Virgin Gorda, including the beautiful Devil's Bay (a national Park given by the Rockefellers to the BVI government in the 1960s), Spring Bay, Trunk Bay, Long Bay, Mahoe Bay and Savannah Bay.
Little Fort National Park located south of the Yacht Harbor, is the site of a Spanish fort whose stone walls are still partially intact. This 36-acre area also functions as a wildlife sanctuary.
There is also the abandoned Copper Mine (mined by Cornish miners between 1838 and1867, and perhaps even earlier by the Spanish) on the southeast tip of the island where a boiler stack and other 19th century stone buildings can still be observed.