Today, I believe the majority of the Caribbean is split into two categories: the destinations that overdeveloped and those that did not. While the definition of paradise is subjective, the overdevelopment of once-incredible destinations makes it difficult to find destinations that define ‘paradise.’ That said, the harder the destination is to reach, the more likely the island has maintained sustainable practices - which is why these rare islands are so extraordinary. Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands is no exception. Three Flights, a ferry, and hours of layovers are standard fare to reach the second most populated island in the British Islands. However, the island’s natural gifts are worth the journey.
This was my second trip to Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands, and I eagerly anticipated the return. This island is so uncommonly beautiful it touches you – almost in a spiritual sense. The tiny island, covering an area of 8 square miles, epitomizes heaven in nature: untouched white sand beaches, enigmatic views, and ecological diversity will keep you busy. The sunsets Virgin Gorda showcases are the most spectacular I’ve ever seen, as they light up the sky in ways words cannot do justice.
While the island itself is beyond dramatic, the most remarkable feature is the electric blue ocean that surrounds Virgin Gorda. The underwater make up of the island looks entirely different down south in comparison to up north. Skyscrapers of protected coral grow in Mahoe Bay while enormous boulders jet out of the ocean at Spring Bay. You can find grasslands reminiscent of a sunken Serengeti on the East side, and surfable waves on the West. The subaquatic dichotomy of Virgin Gorda makes this destination one of particular importance to me.
Many of the travelers watching this video are like me: scouting destinations for intrinsic characteristics that make them truly unique. Without further adieu, I present to you my personal definition of Utopia.