Check out Part 1 here: St. John – Post vacation depression, flights, and hotels
Check out Part 2 here: St. John – Car rentals, restaurants, and snorkeling spots
Why Virgin Gorda?
Now you’re probably wondering, why I am talking about Virgin Gorda (British Virgin Islands) when you’re supposed to be traveling to St. John? The answer: I just can’t pass up then opportunity to take a day trip to The Baths. The Baths are incredibly unique volcanic rock formations. Along the beach you can find large granite boulders and tunnels EVERYWHERE.
Sure, it will take a good day away from my St. John trip – but it should be worth it. More experiences. One more country to tick off the bucket list. So why not?
How to Get to The Baths
To get to Virgin Gorda from St. John, you have two options. Private charter or a ferry. A private charter is more expensive but you can see other islands along the way. Good because you get to see more things, bad because you have much less time at The Baths. The ferry is cheaper, but it only takes you straight to Virgin Gorda. The ferry leaves on Thursdays and Sundays at 8:30am. For $80 round trip, you will ride the 90 minute ferry from Cruz Bay to Virgin Gorda and have 5 hours to explore before returning to St. John. Because of cost, time, and my main desire to see The Baths – I am opting for the ferry.
What to Do at The Baths
Although I have heard everything from “not worth it” to “the best ever”, I will be bringing my snorkeling equipment. I would hate to get there and wish I had it. Apparently they guide everyone down a set of steps to get to the beach, but there is a path opposite of these steps that lets you bypass the crowds and do the tour in reverse. Great tip! Mango Bay Resort is right next to The Baths, so I plan to walk there as well as the deserted Valley Trunk Bay. The caves at The Baths are an absolute must (pictured below). I’ve read that navigating them can be a bit tricky/difficult, which is right up my alley!
For food, I am planning to eat at The Top of The Baths. The views are supposed to be wonderful, and it seems like a perfect way to cap off the day.
Some Quick Tips
- Don’t forget your passport! You will have to go through BVI customs.
- You can take a quick and inexpensive taxi to The Baths from customs.
I am about to start reading St. John Feet, Fins and Four Wheel Drive by Pam Gaffin. I will be posting some new insights and tips that I have gathered from her book.
The Guide includes:
- 60+ pages of St. John tips, tricks, and secrets
- The best snorkeling and hiking locations on St. John
- Lists of the top restaurants, resorts, and activities
- St. John secrets straight from the locals