There’s a reason the British Virgin Islands have been known as “the billionaires’ playground” since before billionaires were a dime a dozen. The cluster of fiftysomething islands and cays boast a balmy climate that stays roughly the same year round, with some of the most interesting topography and pristine beaches in the Caribbean. Legend has it that Christopher Columbus named Virgin Gorda, but regardless of who decided that the island looks like a corpulent reclining woman, its hilly, volcanic contours give it the kind of dramatic scenery that vacation dreams are made of.
By far the island’s most famous attraction is the Baths, a set of giant rock formations tumbling down from a scenic hilltop into the water. At the entrance to the national park, follow the path through the otherworldly sculpture garden of granite boulders to a sliver of perfect beach. A well-marked trail with rope handrails and ladders leads through a watery labyrinth to Devil’s Bay, which happens to offer some of the most heavenly snorkeling on Earth.
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