Virgin Gorda is the third largest of the 60 British Virgin Islands. It covers an area of approximately eight square miles and lies to the northwest of Tortola, the largest of the islands. The name Virgin Gorda means Fat Virgin and Christopher Columbus is reputed to have given the island its name because the outline of the island is reminiscent of a large woman laid on her back.
The island first became known as a travel destination in the 1970’s. It has a tropical climate so visitors can expect warmth and sunshine no matter what time of the year they visit. In spite of the fact that it has become quite popular, the island has not fallen prey to excessive commercialisation and there are a few resorts and a handful of rental villas to accommodate visitors.