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Virgin Gorda Island Walks

Sometimes the best solutions are the simplest. By the time vacationing sailors get to ,,Lever Bay'' in North Sound, many of them are anxious to stretch their legs and get re-acquainted. Some of those visitors walking the road towards the North Sound were huffing and puffing and barely making it to the top, and others were actually jogging along the road several miles out. Its one of the favorite walks recommended by the local tourist guides because it combines exercise, vistas and local color.

There is only one road out of Lever Bay so it's hard to get lost. It starts out gently, which gives you an opportunity to check out the neighborhood. Vacation villas and posh homes are on both sides of the road and dot the hills. The wooden, round ,,flying saucer'' houses are among the very first homes built there. The concrete houses with tie roofs are of a later generation. It's fun to look at the various architectural styles, and different ways in which people have created their Caribbean dream homes. Watch out for the ,,For Sale'' signs though, because there is a story about two people who got off their boats to take a walk, and ended up buying villas.

After the first short hill out of Lever Bay Marina there's a red and white sign pointing to the right for Spanish Town, Gun Cree and North Sound. Turn right and basically stay on this winding road. Traffic is light, but the road is narrow so stay on the side and remember that cars drive on the left here. Just as soon as you've gotten comfy checking out the neighborhood, be ready for a little workout. The road has two-step stretches that will definitely get your heart pumping. Just when you're wondering ,,how much longer'' it levels off. Step into a parking alcove, catch your breath and look at the view.

If you arrived by yacht or ferry you'll get a magnificent birds eye view of how you traveled. You can see out to Drake's Channel and the two entrances to North Sound; the cut between Mosquito Island and Beef Island or the deeper entrance by Reef, marked by red and green buoys. You'll see Lever Bay and possibly your boat at anchor.

If you have time for more than this short stroll, then continue on the same road. As you come out of the Lever Bay area the road takes a long dip, and down below on the left is the village of Gun Creek, where the ferries leave for Bitter End, Fat Virgin Cafe and Cafe Rock. Soon you'll go by the Robinson O' Neal School and pass through the beginning of the North Sound neighborhood.

When you reach the four-way intersection, ahead of you makes a sharp descent into Gun Creak. Take a right here and you'll head up another steep hill that winds through North Sound village. The tiny North Sound Post Office on the left could probably be a contender for the Guinness Book of World Records smallest post office. As you reach the top of the hill you'll notice a few bars and shops. This is the hub of North Sound village,but it's usually pretty quiet during work hours.

Gorda Peak trail, on opposite is an easy and fun nature walk and a perfect slice of natural paradise. Gorda peak Natural Park is the highest point on Virgin Gorda, and the trail head on the main road between Spanish Town and North Sound, about seven miles from North Sound village. There is a sign marking the entrance and space on that side of the road to pull over and park.

Sixteen stone stairs take you up to a narrow, steep trail that immerses you in foliage. One minute you're on the highway and the next you are in lush high elevation dry forest. It's delightful, and you'll probably have the place to yourself. The trail eases up after the first few twists and bends, so if you're not feeling fit just slowdown. It's a leisurely 20 minutes to the top, so take time to look at the plants, lizards, birds, trees and flowers that abound. For the serious naturalists there are several noteworthy rare species to watch for during their hike.


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Yes indeed Mr. Shawn, Virgin Gorda is and island, part of archipelago of over 50 British Virgin Island. Its emerald mountains, sailing waters, white sandy beaches and breath-taking views make this island real heaven on the Earth. You can find some more info's about the B.V.I by following the link on the site.

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  about 9 years ago

Sounds awesome!

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