If you are looking to find a place that is relaxing and calm, where you can slow down and enjoy life than Virgin Gorda is the place to be. It is a place that only takes 20 minutes to drive from end to end, where goats cross the street and wander freely and the 3,100 permanent residents are waiting to welcome you with a friendly smile.

Virgin Gorda is known for it’s “stunningly beautiful white sand beaches” and with only one day to spend the beaches are a must see. The Baths is the most famous and is home to “a collection of huge granite boulders that stand at the water’s edge, on the pristine white sand, and are a reminder of the volcanic origins of the island.” Devil”s Bay is one of the most pristine while Savannah Bay is one of the most secluded.

Explore the abandoned Coppermine Ruins located on the island’s southern tip. The mines closed in 1862 but the ruins still stand and are a national park

Take a hike up Gorda Peak. It is the second highest peak in the British Virgin Islands at 1370 feet above sea level. The lookout tower offers gorgeous panoramic views and the area is home to many native reptiles, amphibians, bats and birds.

Spanish Town is the main settlement and is a piece of history. It is “one of the most picturesque villages in the British Virgin Islands.” And it is described as “unrestrained by hills, it sprawls along a gentle slope, an attractive mix of homes, shops, churches, and schools. It is a nice place to walk as long as you avoid the brutal midday hours when the sun bores down from above. Islanders swear that the sun is hotter on Virgin Gorda, and they may be right.”