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Hurricane Irma – the most powerful Atlantic hurricane in recorded history - ploughed over the top of the BVIs in early September 2017. The storm had a sustained wind speed of at least 185mph. The Bitter End Yacht Club and Saba Rock Resort suffered extensive damage. Reconstruction has begun at some sections of the Bitter End Yacht Club, which plans to reopen in late 2019. For updates on marina services in this port see comments at bottom of page.

Spanish Town is the main harbour and is also the principal commercial centre for Virgin Gorda. It lies on the west coast directly east of Beef Island (and the airport).

Position 18° 27'02" N ,64° 26'18" W (marina entrance)

Clearance

See the main Noonsite/BVI/Formalities page for the full details.

Whilst SailClear claims to be operational here, Cruisers report that authorities in Spanish Town, Virgin Gorda, had not even heard of SailClear.

Note: The extension to the Temporary Import Permit cannot be issued here. Road Town is the nearest port where this can be done.

Last updated August 2018.

Customs Office
Building adjacent to Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbor Marina , Spanish Town , Virgin Gorda
Tel:1 (284) 468-6553, 6552, 6551, 6614, 6549
Opening hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Immigration Office
Tel:: 1-284-495-5621 Fax:1-284-468-1019

Docking

The main yacht harbour on Virgin Gorda is here at Spanish Town.

There are also mooring buoys here. The fee ($30) is collected by someone visiting the boat.

The yacht harbour has a dinghy dock outside the shops and bar. At the end of the dinghy dock there is a small hut where you have to pay 2 dollars a person to use the dock. Never mind how short your stop, you still have to pay.

It is also possible to anchor just outside the harbour.

There are many anchorages and moorings elsewhere on Virgin Gorda.

Note: Since the destruction caused by hurricane Irma, many services have not yet been restored. See comments below.

Leverick Bay Marina is open, with water and fuel. There are 20 moorings available. The restaurant and dive shop are open.

Last updated August 2018.

Bitter End Yacht Club
PO Box 46, North Sound, Virgin Gorda
Tel:(284) 494-2746 Fax:(284) 494-4756 ,VHF Channel 16
August 2018: In the midst of Phase 2 of the cleanup project, which is focused on dismantling structures and disposing of debris.
18 slips plus an additional 35 morings along the waterfront. All facilities, fuel, 24hr security, bar and restaurant. Showes available for those on moorings ($3). Free water taxi 18:30 to 22:45 each evening (call HM on VHF ch 16). Garbage collection each morning ($2). No self-service laundry but send-out service available.
Leverick Bay Resort & Marina
Leverick Bay, North Sound,Virgin Gorda
Tel:(284) 346 5238 or (284) 542 4010 ,VHF Channel 16
Opening hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. all week
Leverick Bay is fully open with 20 moorings. Facilities include water, power, ice, fuel, pool, and showers. Grocery store, spa, bar and restaurant, retail shopping, snuba, boat rentals, and accommodation also available.
Saba Rock Island Resort & Marina
North Sound, Virgin Gorda
Tel:284-495-7711 Fax:(284) 495 7373
A small marina with all facilities, WiFi, restaurant. Also 17 moorings ($30/night). Reservations advised.
Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour
The Valley, Virgin Gorda , P.O. Box 1005, Virgin Gorda, BVI
Tel:+284 495-5500 Fax:+284 495-5706 ,VHF Channel 16
Marina with all facilities, fuel berth, chandlery, laundry, WiFi, provisions, bank, bar and restaurant, dive shop.
Max. length 160 feet (50m), max. draft 10 feet (3m).
Boatyard with 70 ton travel lift and repair facilities.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Feb 08, 2018 09:40 PM

Update January 10th, 2018:
Leverick Bay Marina - No fuel. Water and ice are available. Grocery store and restaurant open.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Dec 04, 2017 11:44 AM

Post-Irma updates from https://www.bvitraveller.com

Leverick Bay Resort & Marina:
​Fuel is available. Water and ice are coming soon. Grocery store and restaurant are open.

Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour:
Fuel, water, and ice are available. Grocery store is a short walk away and is open. Snapper's Bar & Grill is open. There are also some restaurants open nearby, reachable by dinghy or taxi.

chimo
chimo says:
Apr 15, 2017 10:08 PM

You now have to pay US$ 2.- per person just to tie your dinghy to the dinghy dock!

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Mar 20, 2017 03:24 PM

Reported by D. Conway:

On the morning of March 7th we awoke to find our dinghy contents (including oars, fuel tank, air pump, seat, engine cover and a pair of sandals) were all missing. The engine had been left by us in the lowered position overnight, yet now was raised and tied up in the raised position. This occurred as we were on an outside mooring at the Bitter End on Virgin Gorda, BVI.

I do generally raise my dinghy in the evenings, however as the winds were very high I chose to do otherwise as the dinghy could have turned over in those high winds.

I was interested in posting my loss so as to let others know something to watch out for. I have been in the BVIs since November and this is the only loss to date. It was especially surprising as it was during a windy night in front of the Bitter End Yacht Club. I have no idea if it was a drunken sailor or someone local. I did report the loss to the local authorities.

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