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Spanish Town & The Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour

The Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour is located in the middle of Spanish Town which is the largest settlement on Virgin Gorda.  Spanish Town is the commercial center of the island as well as the boating hub for the southern portion of the island (North Sound is a boating Mecca!).

Navigation to Spanish Town

Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour ChartYou will approach Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour from Sir Francis Drake Channel.  As you enter the Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour there will be some moorings to port for those who prefer the solitude of a mooring over the marina. Moorings are paid for inside the Yacht Harbour. You can also anchor outside the Yacht Harbour, but there is no anchoring inside.

To enter the Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbor, you should approach from the west and head towards the customs building and ferry dock. You will first pass (keep it to port) a flashing green buoy just past the mooring field and you will see a red buoy to port which marks the northern tip of the reef that comes up the shoreline and past the northern end of the breakwater. Be sure to leave this buoy to starboard!

As you round this red buoy, turn nearly 90 degrees to starboard and pass between two more pair of green and red buoys.  Before entering the harbor. As you are entering the harbour, you can contact the harbormaster on VHF 16 for your slip assignment.  It’s recommended that you call a day in advance to reserve a slip as Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour can fill up during the high season.

Upon departure of Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour favor the ferry dock and mooring field side of the channel to stay clear of the reef that you left to Starboard when entering.

Ashore in Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour:

The marina has slips and dock space for over 110 yachts including a mega-yachts dock for yachts up to 160′ in length (with max draft of 10′).

Dockside you have just about every amenity you could want:

  • Laundry
  • Provisions
  • Dive Shop
  • Banks & ATM
  • Boutiques & Shops
  • Drug Store
  • Restaurants & bars with entertainment

Marina Services:

  • Shower facilities – in the Commissary Building for all VGYH guests.
  • Water (arrange with Marina Office or Dock Attendants)
  • Cable TV connection can be arranged at the Marina Office and is available on C dock.
  • Garbage disposal – located at the north and south ends of the marina. No loose garbage.
  • Ice is available at the fuel dock.
  • Pay phones are available these are located by the showers and beside the Marina Office.
  • Internet Service is provided in the Chandlery.

VGYH Fuel Dock: The VGYH fuel dock is in operation from sun up to sun down.

Customs and immigration: The Customs House and Immigration are located at the town jetty, just a short walk to the North from the Y.G. Yacht Harbour. They are open from 8:30am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday and on Saturday from 8am to 12:30pm.

Spanish Town Area Beaches:

Spanish Town to The BathsThere are a few beaches close by Spanish Town. St. Thomas Bay Beach is just a few minutes walk from the harbour to the north across Palm Tree Field and past the customs building and Spanish Town ferry dock. To the south, there is a gate by the entrance to the harbour that leads to the beach off the boatyard. The nicer beaches are a bit further south, but still very accessible.  A ten-minute dinghy ride around Fort Point to the South you will find Valley Trunk Beach which is a beautiful beach.  A bit further south is Spring Bay and just a bit further are the The Baths. You can get to these beaches via dinghy, cab or even walk (for the hearty amongst you!).

To the North is Little Dix Bay resort with a beautiful sandy Crescent Beach where you can also enjoy a lunch at the Beach Bar. Little Dix Bay Hotel is a short taxi ride from VGYH. Visitors interested looking around the resort are welcome for drinks and lunch. Reservations are required for dinner. Dress code is as follows: jackets are not required, shorts are not permitted in the dining room after 6pm. Casual attire is (that is appropriate) is permitted.

If you are interested in SCUBA diving, Dive BVI operates a full service dive shop with daily dive tours from the Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour.

Area Restaurants and Bars include:

  • Olde Yard Inn – has a great garden as well as wonderful atmosphere. Lunch from 11:00am and dinner from 6:30pm. For dinner sporty casual is recommended as are reservations. Sometimes you will find a live band!
  • Chez Bamboo: The Valley, Virgin Gorda, (284) 495-5752 – Trendy small plates, tapas as well as full dinner service. Music from the jazz and blues era. Live music on Friday nights.
  • Anything Goes Bar & Restaurant, Millionaire Street, The Valley, Virgin Gorda, (284) 495-5244.  Locally owned, open air atmosphere. Open 7 days/week. Live entertainment weekly. BBQ menu on weekends.
  • The Rock Café. The Valley, Virgin Gorda, (284) 495-5482, Located amongst the rocks between the Baths and Spanish Town. The Rock Café offers fine Italian cuisine and Caribbean dishes served in a unique open air setting amongst the boulders of Virgin Gorda.
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