Spring Bay, British Virgin Islands
Giant Caribbean Climbing Boulders? Yes, please!I'm a sucker for any activity that involves climbing things. The boulders here are enormous, easily scaleable, and overlook the southern tip of Virgin Gorda. Touted as having "the clearest waters in the British Virgin Islands," Spring Bay is a magnificent scene to behold, and it's decidedly less crowded than it's neighboring boulder pile, The Baths. At Spring Bay you could pick your Speedo wedgie all afternoon and I doubt anyone would be there to take offense. From our vantage point atop the boulders on Spring Bay's south side, my traveling companions and I enjoyed exceptional views of the sea, and of several sailboats anchored just off shore at The Baths. We took turns doing handstands on the boulders to amuse those poor souls stuck at the crowded beach over there, and we even threw in a few Pee Wee Herman dance moves. (I do not officially endorse this behavior.) Though the tide was a bit treacherous the day we visited due to a recent storm, Spring Bay is generally a very safe snorkeling spot. The boulders themselves form small coves that allow sea water to calmly flow in and out of the bay, and there are plenty of nooks and crannies to explore. There's ample shade on the beach, and a totally legit picnic area for a pleasant dining experience. And if you're lucky, you might even develop a friendship with a family of wild chickens. We did.