Spanish Town, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands
The Spanish connection is apparently apocryphal, but this town was the capital of the British Virgin Islands until it was transferred to Road Town on Tortola. Cornish miners established a copper mine in the mid-19th century, and today its ruin is a national park that contains the only surviving Cornish beam engine. Gorda Peak, the island’s highest point, is another park with trails to the spectacular views. Among the island’s most famous attractions is the jumble of huge granite boulders called The Baths, where swimmers can explore shady grottoes, tunnels and tidepools formed by the sculpted boulders. At the island’s north end, you can visit the famous Bitter End Yacht Club resort.