Gorda is the second-largest of the British Virgin Islands. Located at approximately
18 degrees, 48 minutes North, and 64 degrees, 30 minutes West, it covers an area
of about 8 square miles (21 sq. km). Christopher Columbus is said to have named
the island "The Fat Virgin," because its silhouette resembles a rotund
woman lying on her back.
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Virgin Gorda is one of the BVI's major tourist destinations, largely because
of an unusual geologic formation known as "The Baths"
located on the southern end of the island. At The Baths, the
beach shows evidence of the island's volcanic origins, as
huge granite boulders lie in piles on the beach, forming scenic
grottoes that are open to the sea. Swimming and snorkeling
are the main attractions here.