Taking The Ferry to Visit the Baths From St Thomas is easy and much cheaper than a charter.
On our first visit to The Baths we took a charter. But when you take a charter, you spend about an hour at The Baths, before you take off to the next stop. The charter we took, anchored near the beach and we had to swim to the shore. When we were done, we had to swim back to the boat. We enjoyed our time at The Baths and decided that we would take the ferry to Virgin Gorda when we went back. Now it’s the only way we visit. This allows us to spend several hours to enjoy the island.
The Inter Island Boat Service leaves Red Hook on Sunday and Thursdays at 8:00 a.m., stopping in St John before making its way to Virgin Gorda. It’s about a 90 minute ride to reach Virgin Gorda. After arriving, we went through customs and Speedy (open air taxi) was waiting to take the passengers from the ferry over to The Baths. Most of the passengers from the ferry go to the Baths, which makes it a very easy process for first time visits. Speedy dropped us off at the top of The Baths. We paid him for the round trip and he gave us a ticket for the return back to the ferry. He advised he would pick us up promptly at 2:30 to be back at the ferry by 2:45. The ferry leaves at 3:00. So unless you want to be left behind, be at the meeting place at the assigned time.
At the entrance of The Baths, which is part of the Devils Bay National Park, we paid the entrance fee and then took the winding trail which is about 350 yards down to the beach.
At the bottom of the trail, there are lockers to rent. We purchased a token from the bar area to open the locker and proceeded to put everything in. It makes it much easier to climb ladders and going through huge rocks if you are not carrying any items. We leave our shoes in the locker as we do not want to leave them on the beach while we go swimming. When we went through the trail, there were not a lot of people around and we were able to get some great pictures. The nice benefit about taking the ferry over is that eventually the tours leave and you have the place to yourself.
If you are visiting the Baths, you need to be able to climb up and down ladders in tight places. There were people on the trail that could not make it due to their physical limitations and had to turn around or be helped by others.
Some people come in by dinghy or swim to shore from the boats.
We usually pack a lunch and enjoy it on the beach. But if you do not want to bring a lunch, Poor Man’s Bar has a limited menu to grab a bite.
If you want a nice restaurant, go back to the entrance, where you will see The Top of the Baths Restaurant and Bar. They have a pool that you can use as long as you purchase something from them—drinks or lunch. There are a few nice shops where we were dropped off, to spend some time browsing as we wait for the taxi.
The time goes quickly and it was time to return. Speedy picked us up and we were on our way back to the ferry for our return to St Thomas. It is one of the easiest DIY trips you can take and much cheaper than a charter, especially if you want to spend several hours at the Baths. After you experience the crowds from the tours and they all leave, you will be able to get some great pictures and still have several hours to enjoy the Baths.
Eventually, we would like to spend a couple of days on this island. Have you ever stayed on this island and have a favorite place to recommend?