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North Sound/Gorda Sound

Posted by Rebekah on May 15, 2018
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Navigation

There are two entrances into Gorda Sound:

The pass between Virgin Gorda and Mosquito Island are for shoal drafters only since the lowest depth is 1.7 meters or less. Go through under power and keep to the middle of the pass from West to East until you’re beyond Anguilla Point. At that point change more Southeast to avoid the less than 1 meter shoal ground off the South Point of Mosquito Island.

The pass North of Mosquito Island and Colquhoun Reef is the only way under sail and for boats that draw a lot of water. Give wide berth to Mosquito Rock, then head towards Vixen Point on the south side of Prickly Pear Island on 135 degrees. Once past the North part of Colquhoun Reef, modify in a curve more to the South. The pass is buoyed, but the lights are unreliable making it unsafe for a night entry.

General and Useful Information

North Sound is bordered by four islands and its connecting reef systems make the Sound calm, creating a divine place for water sports. With over 3,000 acres of protected waters, North Sound is a world famous harbor. The supreme anchorage is in the lee of Biras Hill, at the Eastern end of the Sound. It is called the Bitter End Yacht Club. Mega yachts from around the globe have anchored or tied up at the docks of this harbor.

Restaurants and Amenities

Biras Creek Resort

This is a posh and luxurious resort. There’s a water sports center, tennis courts and motorized dinghies available to use. You also have the option to have an organized helicopter, scuba and sailing trips.

Biras Creek Resort Restaurant

A resort restaurant that also offers non-guests breakfast, lunch and dinner. A bit pricey and a dress code applies. Call for reservations.

Fat Virgin Café

A small affordable, outdoor restaurant. Serves everything from baby back ribs to fish sandwiches.

Bitter End Yacht Club

This enormous waterfront resorts only reachable by water and has superb amenities. There’s several restaurants and even has an outdoor movie theater.

The Clubhouse

Serves seafood, steaks, pasta and a selection of fusion food. Reservations required.

Saba Rock Resort

This eight-room hotel, marina, restaurant and bar sits on a huge rock in the middle of North Sound.

Saba Rock Restaurant

Open for lunch and dinner. Offering a nightly buffet and you may also order à la carte.

Leverick Bay Resort

The most affordable resort in the North Sound. Amenities include laundromats, grocery stores, a scuba shop, several restaurants and bars, charter services and gasoline.

The Sand Box at Prickly Pear

This beach bar is only reachable by water. Anchor your boat and swim ashore for the day or talk to your hotel management to have you dropped off. Get a sandwich for lunch and just chill at the beach.

Photo credit Latham Jenkins @ Flickr Bitter End Yacht Club
Photo Credit ScubaBear68 @ Flickr Saba Rock

Activities

The North Sound offers a splendid array of water sport activities. Waterskiing, parasailing, wakeboarding, diving trips, equipment rentals and many more.

*Don’t Miss Out On*

Stingray City

Located in Grand Caymans North Sound, it is also known as the world’s best “12 foot dive”. You can get up close and personal with the Atlantic Southern stingray’s in their natural habitat.

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