Two dogs bark whenever someone passes this home. Would you break in?
Virgin Gorda’s homes, landscapes and roads are designed around granite boulders. According to BVI Welcome, these boulders were formed about 50 million years ago through a process that pushed slabs of molten rock up from the ocean floor. The cooling of the rock and weathering caused them to contract, crack and pock making each one unique.
Our top 16 reasons we visit Virgin Gorda, BVI.
1) Customs and immigration usually take less than ten minutes.
2) Crowds are limited:
Cruise ships must anchor and shuttle passengers on tenders.
Only small planes and helicopters can land on the airport runway.
3) Take off, landing, and flying in a small plane is an adventure, and occasionally you can copilot.
4) Locals greet travelers with a smile and seem to appreciate tourism.
5) The island is not commercialized: Colorful homes and businesses dot the island, and there are no chain hotels or obtuse structures.
6) White sand beaches usually have a scattering of people unless a cruise ship is anchored, or tourists are visiting from other islands.
7) Coral reefs provide great snorkeling.
8) The crime rate is low.
9) While driving, you don’t see many cars, therefore tailgating is rare.
10) There are no red lights and few stop signs.
11) Restaurants feature everything from fresh grilled lobster, sushi, barbecue, grilled steaks, pizza and more.
12) Casual attire is acceptable almost everywhere.
13) Many visit Virgin Gorda specifically to explore the beauty of The Baths where overlapping boulders bulge out of the land and water, providing a granite maze where tourists trek through caves and pools of this natural wonder.
14) Mountain roads offer a challenging workout with views of shimmering royal blue water and boulder-studded mountains.
15) Hiking to the highest part of the island, Gorda Peak, takes about 35 minutes. At the top, climbers ascend a double-tiered ladder to a platform with a magnificent vista of the BVI.
16) Visiting other British or US Virgin Islands by ferry, boat, or plane is easy, and a must do.
Goats bleating and roosters crowing, some clueless about dawn’s arrival, awakened us each morning in Virgin Gorda. Skittering anoles, singing frogs and dancing butterflies made us feel like we were in a sanctuary safe for all. Unfortunately, that changed today.
I was sitting on the porch sipping coffee when I spotted a pickup truck driving down the dirt trail adjacent to our rental. It stopped. Someone perched a rifle, or similar firearm, out the passenger’s window. Lights flashed as four shots blasted from the gun muzzle through the thick brush, just yards from our residence. Goats bleated, and one screamed louder than the rest for longer than I wanted to hear.
As the whimpering subsided, the truck crept haltingly down the mountain, made a full stop, then proceeded to the bottom of the hill and turned around. As it ascended, I saw what I believed was a goat carcass in the back of the truck.
Though the slaughter disturbed me, someone was making their living on Virgin Gorda.