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About Virgin Gorda

Virgin Gorda ranks as a popular cruise destination because of its white sands and clear, turquoise seas. Plus, the island is undeveloped enough to still feel like a private, exclusive place.

One of the most popular and fascinating natural attractions in the Caribbean is also located here -- a beach strewn with giant boulders known as The Baths. Brought to the ocean's edge by volcanic activity, the boulders form caves, grottoes and tidal pools, well worth exploring.

Christopher Columbus spotted the island in 1493, on his second trip to the New World, and gave Virgin Gorda its name. Looking at the island's mountain ridge -- and no doubt tired of being at sea with a bunch of sailors -- he thought what is now called Gorda Peak looked liked the belly of a reclining chubby woman. Hence, he called it Virgin Gorda, or "fat virgin" in Spanish.

A no man's land for a time, Virgin Gorda and other British Virgin Islands were used by pirates as a base for raids on Spanish galleons (large sailing ships). Capt. William Kidd was among the more notorious.

The British established a sugar trade on the island in the 1700's, but that ended when Britain abolished slavery in 1838. A copper mine was opened around the same time and operated for about 24 years before it was abandoned. The ruins are now part of a national park.

Fishing and farming were the way of life for a century. Then Laurance Rockefeller, the New York financier and conservationist, came in the 1960's and opened an exclusive eco-resort called Little Dix Bay. By the 1970's, Virgin Gorda was "discovered" as a tourist destination, and tourism remains the mainstay of the economy.

Only 12 miles from Tortola, the 8.5-square-mile island, with a population of 3,500, remains remarkably quiet. Most visitors hang out at swanky private resorts or arrive by private yacht to enjoy some of the best powder sand beaches in the Caribbean.



Given the rather small geographical scope of the island and the large number of taxis available, it's a pretty easy place to explore on your own. Visitors typically are drawn to two main areas of interest -- attractions near Spanish Town at the south end of the island and North Sound at the other extreme. Offshore, popular attractions include The Dogs, the marine area protected by the BVI National Parks Trust and considered to be one of the best snorkeling and diving sites in the Caribbean -- the waters are teeming with marine life and colorful coral formations.


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  • 56 Night
    Cruise to Virgin Gorda

    Leaving:
    St. Maarten
    Visiting:
    Antigua, Sopers Hole ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Windstar Cruises
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    56 Night Cruise to Virgin Gorda Route (Windstar Cruises)
    • Day 1
      St. Maarten
    • Day 2
      Antigua
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Sopers Hole
    • Day 4
      Jost Van Dyke
    • Day 5
      Jost Van Dyke
    • Day 5
      Virgin Gorda
    • Day 6
      Virgin Gorda
    • Day 7
      St. Barts
    • Day 8
      St. Maarten
    • Day 9
      St. Kitts (Port Zante)
    • Day 10
      St. Barts
    • Day 11
      Little Bay
    • Day 12
      Iles des Saintes
    • Day 13
      Roseau
    • Day 14
      St. Lucia
    • Day 15
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      Casablanca
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      Martinique
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      Mayreau
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      Grenada
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      Bequia
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      Barbados
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      Charlotteville (Tobago)
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      Mayreau
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      Soufriere
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      Cruising
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      Bonaire
    • Day 28
      Curacao
    • Day 29
      Aruba
    • Day 30
      Cruising
    • Day 31
      Santa Marta
    • Day 32
      Cartagena (Spain)
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      Cruising
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      San Blas Islands
    • Day 35
      Bocas Del Toro
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      Puerto Limon
    • Day 37
      Cruising
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      Colon (Cristobal)
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      Bocas Del Toro
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      San Andres Island
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Roatan
    • Day 44
      Belize City
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      Costa Maya
    • Day 46
      Cozumel
    • Day 47
      Cruising
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      Grand Cayman (Georgetown)
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      Cayman Brac
    • Day 50
      Port Antonio
    • Day 51
      Cruising
    • Day 52
      Santo Domingo
    • Day 53
      La Romana (Casa de Campo)
    • Day 54
      Cruising
    • Day 55
      Jost Van Dyke
    • Day 56
      Jost Van Dyke
    • Day 56
      Virgin Gorda
    • Day 57
      St. Maarten
    Ship Details

    Wind Surf - Windstar Cruises

    Pros

    Laid-back yacht feel; unique watersports platform; fantastic deck barbecue; friendly crew

    Cons

    No balcony cabins; food and service hit and miss; stairwells and passageways feel tired

    Bottom Line

    Intimate seven-sail ship with low-key entertainment; needs improvements to dining options

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    Wind Surf Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service3.5
    Value4.0

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    Misty Morning
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Great Yachtsman’s Caribbean Cruise
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    Sgjacobson
    Sail Date Nov 2019
    Repairs galore
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Virgin Gorda

    Leaving:
    St. Maarten
    Visiting:
    Anguilla, Sopers Hole ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Windstar Cruises
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    7 Night Cruise to Virgin Gorda Route (Windstar Cruises)
    • Day 1
      St. Maarten
    • Day 2
      Anguilla
    • Day 3
      Sopers Hole
    • Day 3
      Jost Van Dyke
    • Day 4
      Jost Van Dyke
    • Day 4
      Virgin Gorda
    • Day 5
      Virgin Gorda
    • Day 6
      St. Barts
    • Day 7
      Antigua
    • Day 8
      St. Maarten
    Ship Details

    Wind Surf - Windstar Cruises

    Pros

    Laid-back yacht feel; unique watersports platform; fantastic deck barbecue; friendly crew

    Cons

    No balcony cabins; food and service hit and miss; stairwells and passageways feel tired

    Bottom Line

    Intimate seven-sail ship with low-key entertainment; needs improvements to dining options

    Reviews

    Wind Surf Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service3.5
    Value4.0

    The stunning five-mast, seven-sail Wind Surf takes the prize of largest vessel in the Windstar ...

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    laurieha
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Poor service & ship needs an overhaul
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    Kathytharris
    Sail Date Sep 2019
    Perfection
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    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 11 Night
    Cruise to Virgin Gorda

    Leaving:
    New York
    Visiting:
    Hamilton, Bermuda ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Windstar Cruises
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    11 Night Cruise to Virgin Gorda Route (Windstar Cruises)
    • Day 1
      New York (Manhattan)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Hamilton
    • Day 5
      Hamilton
    • Day 5
      Bermuda
    • Day 6
      Bermuda
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      St. Barts
    • Day 10
      St. Kitts (Port Zante)
    • Day 11
      Virgin Gorda
    • Day 12
      San Juan
    Ship Details

    Star Pride - Windstar Cruises

    Pros

    Spacious suites and bathrooms, James Beard-influenced cuisine

    Cons

    Ship decor appears dated in cabins and public areas; limited entertainment

    Bottom Line

    Intimate feel and upscale details make Star Pride a nice choice for port-intensive cruises

    Reviews

    Star Pride Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining4.5
    Service5.0
    Value4.5

    One of three motor yachts in the Windstar Cruises fleet, Star Pride brings the flavor of the la...

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    rsamtleben
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Windstar is definitely NOT a 5 star cruise line!
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    kimrealestate
    Sail Date Jul 2019
    Fabulous vacation - again!
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    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
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      Beer, wine, and spirits
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      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Virgin Gorda

    Leaving:
    San Juan
    Visiting:
    St. Thomas, St. Barts ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Windstar Cruises
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    7 Night Cruise to Virgin Gorda Route (Windstar Cruises)
    • Day 1
      San Juan
    • Day 2
      St. Thomas
    • Day 3
      St. Barts
    • Day 4
      Little Bay
    • Day 5
      St. Maarten
    • Day 6
      Jost Van Dyke
    • Day 7
      Virgin Gorda
    • Day 8
      San Juan
    Ship Details

    Star Pride - Windstar Cruises

    Pros

    Spacious suites and bathrooms, James Beard-influenced cuisine

    Cons

    Ship decor appears dated in cabins and public areas; limited entertainment

    Bottom Line

    Intimate feel and upscale details make Star Pride a nice choice for port-intensive cruises

    Reviews

    Star Pride Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining4.5
    Service5.0
    Value4.5

    One of three motor yachts in the Windstar Cruises fleet, Star Pride brings the flavor of the la...

    Cruise Critic Member Ratings
    ScottLewis
    Sail Date Mar 2019
    Truly first class experience
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    Chestertripper
    Sail Date Jun 2019
    Windstar makes you feel so welcome
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    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Virgin Gorda

    Leaving:
    St. Maarten
    Visiting:
    Roseau, St. Lucia ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Windstar Cruises
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    14 Night Cruise to Virgin Gorda Route (Windstar Cruises)
    • Day 1
      St. Maarten
    • Day 2
      Roseau
    • Day 3
      St. Lucia
    • Day 4
      Iles des Saintes
    • Day 5
      St. Barts
    • Day 6
      St. Kitts (Port Zante)
    • Day 7
      Charlestown
    • Day 8
      St. Maarten
    • Day 9
      Antigua
    • Day 10
      St. Barts
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Sopers Hole
    • Day 12
      Jost Van Dyke
    • Day 14
      Jost Van Dyke
    • Day 14
      Virgin Gorda
    • Day 15
      St. Maarten
    Ship Details

    Wind Surf - Windstar Cruises

    Pros

    Laid-back yacht feel; unique watersports platform; fantastic deck barbecue; friendly crew

    Cons

    No balcony cabins; food and service hit and miss; stairwells and passageways feel tired

    Bottom Line

    Intimate seven-sail ship with low-key entertainment; needs improvements to dining options

    Reviews

    Wind Surf Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service3.5
    Value4.0

    The stunning five-mast, seven-sail Wind Surf takes the prize of largest vessel in the Windstar ...

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    Brianbluebird
    Sail Date Oct 2019
    Excellent
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    Jneil
    Sail Date Oct 2019
    Worn ship and disorganized service. Mediocre All Around.
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    • Wi-Fi
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      Main dining room and/or buffet
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    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Virgin Gorda

    Leaving:
    St. Maarten
    Visiting:
    Anguilla, Sopers Hole ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Windstar Cruises
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    7 Night Cruise to Virgin Gorda Route (Windstar Cruises)
    • Day 1
      St. Maarten
    • Day 2
      Anguilla
    • Day 3
      Sopers Hole
    • Day 3
      Jost Van Dyke
    • Day 4
      Jost Van Dyke
    • Day 4
      Virgin Gorda
    • Day 5
      Virgin Gorda
    • Day 6
      St. Barts
    • Day 7
      Antigua
    • Day 8
      St. Maarten
    Ship Details

    Wind Surf - Windstar Cruises

    Pros

    Laid-back yacht feel; unique watersports platform; fantastic deck barbecue; friendly crew

    Cons

    No balcony cabins; food and service hit and miss; stairwells and passageways feel tired

    Bottom Line

    Intimate seven-sail ship with low-key entertainment; needs improvements to dining options

    Reviews

    Wind Surf Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service3.5
    Value4.0

    The stunning five-mast, seven-sail Wind Surf takes the prize of largest vessel in the Windstar ...

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    End412
    Sail Date Sep 2019
    Old Ship; Failed air conditioning
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    Snookycat
    Sail Date Aug 2019
    FRENCH RIVIERA - AUGUST 2019
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      Main dining room and/or buffet
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    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Virgin Gorda

    Leaving:
    San Juan
    Visiting:
    St. Thomas, St. Barts ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Windstar Cruises
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    7 Night Cruise to Virgin Gorda Route (Windstar Cruises)
    • Day 1
      San Juan
    • Day 2
      St. Thomas
    • Day 3
      St. Barts
    • Day 4
      Little Bay
    • Day 5
      St. Maarten
    • Day 6
      Jost Van Dyke
    • Day 7
      Virgin Gorda
    • Day 8
      San Juan
    Ship Details

    Star Pride - Windstar Cruises

    P