Despite only gaining fame as a tourist destination in the 1960s, Virgin Gorda, the third-largest of the British Virgin Islands, has a backstory that stretches back centuries. Legend has itthat Christopher Columbus visited the island in 1493, claiming the island’s dramatic shape reminded him of a reclining woman—thus Virgin Gorda, or “fat virgin,” was born.

The now British Overseas Territory’s birth as a tourist destination came when sustainability-minded hotelier Laurance Rockefeller opened Little Dix Bay, the island’s most famous resort, in 1964.

Today, it’s a hidden gem that’s home to some of the Caribbean’s most unspoiled natural wonders. Read on for our full guide to the gem of the BVIs.

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