Nail Bay

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Nail Bay, located on the west coast of Virgin Gorda, offers a secluded beach experience with white sand and mangroves and seagrapes, which surround the area. The area is popular with guests, as it is situated among the larger resort communities.

Situated near the middle of the island of Virgin Gorda, 1.5 miles west-northwest of Santu Patia, Nail Bay is on the North West coast of the island, You might want to drop by regardless of whether you are staying in the vicinity. Nail Bay stands out from other beaches because it's one of the best spots for escaping the hustle of the Virgin Islands' urban areas. Most other beaches you'll come across in the Virgin Islands may have the same pleasing, tropical setting as Nail Bay, but tend to be busier since they're found in the most popular parts of town.

How to Access The Beach
Access to the area is provided by a turn off that is connected to the island's main road. A parking area is provided by the Nail Bay Sugar Mill Ruins.

Amenities and Ambiance

The bay features shallow, clear waters perfect for snorkeling and is surrounded by the island's dramatic green hillsides. Visitors are treated to a spectacular view of Long Bay to the east, along with the Mountain Bay hillside.

Keep in mind that restrooms won't be found on-site, which is something to consider if you're bringing the kids, or plan to spend all day outside.

What's Nearby


Visitors will find this beach on the North West coast of Virgin Gorda; the area is home to other attractions such as Old Methodist Church, which is three and a half miles away.

If you can't wait to see as many of the Virgin Islands' attractions as possible, the beach is located near the attractions in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Nail Bay
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Old Methodist Church Historical Site 3.4 mi. SSW Virgin Gorda
Little Fort Ruins Historical Site 3.8 mi. SSW Virgin Gorda
Copper Mine National Park Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 4.4 mi. S Virgin Gorda
Copper Mine Ruins Historical Site 4.4 mi. S Virgin Gorda

Cities and Towns

Nearby, you'll find the town of Spanish Town, which is not an overly urbanized area, but still has its fair share of things to do. From Nail Bay, Spanish Town isn't far off, roughly three and a half miles (five and a half kilometers).


The number of other vacationers sharing this coastline can vary widely, it depends mainly on when you visit, and how full nearby hotel rooms are. Nail Bay is not located near many major hotels, but you may see guests from some of the smaller accommodations in the area.

You'll find a reasonable selection of hotels a car ride away. A few of the more convenient options are displayed in the list below.

Accommodations near Nail Bay
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Leverick Bay Resort & Marina 1.6 mi. E Resort
Rosewood Little Dix Bay 2.8 mi. SW Resort
Virgin Gorda Village Hotel -- -- Hotel
The Wheelhouse 3.3 mi. SSW Hotel
Bitter End Yacht Club 3.4 mi. E Resort
Saba Rock Resort 3.5 mi. E Hotel
Fischer's Cove Beach Hotel 4.0 mi. SSW Hotel


One of the tastiest ways to compliment a balmy beach afternoon is to eat at an area restaurant, where you'll be able to get a taste of the local fare, without having to go far. One of the closest restaurants is Sugarcane Restaurant. This restaurant serves delicious Caribbean cuisine. Visitors often rave about their hamburgers and seafood. You could take a cab or probably walk to this restaurant as it's just a short distance away.

Nearby restaurants are listed in the following table.

Restaurants near Nail Bay
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Sugarcane Restaurant (284) 543-9494 Caribbean Informal 0.4 mi. SW
Rock Cafe & Sports Bar (284) 495-5482 Caribbean Informal 1.4 mi. S
Giorgio's Table (284) 495-5684 Italian Informal -- --
Lighthouse Restaurant & Beach Bar (284) 495-7154 -- -- -- --
The Cove (284) 340-3005 International Very Casual 1.6 mi. E
The Restaurant at Leverick Bay (284) 340-3005 International Fine Dining 1.6 mi. E
Hog Heaven -- Caribbean Very Casual -- --
Rosewood Little Dix Bay Beach Grill (284) 495-5555 American, Caribbean Very Casual 2.9 mi. SW
Rosewood Little Dix Bay Sugar Mill (284) 495-5555 Caribbean Fine Dining 2.9 mi. SW
Rosewood Little Dix Bay Pavilion (284) 495-5555 International Informal 3.0 mi. SW
Sand Box Restaurant (284) 495-9122 Caribbean Very Casual 3.0 mi. E
Clubhouse Steak and Seafood Grill (305) 468-0168 International Informal 3.4 mi. E

Other Beaches

Virgin Gorda has several beautiful beaches, so if Nail Bay doesn't sound like your type of scene, you have options.

If you like the ambiance at this beach, you might also like Leverick Bay, found only a short distance away. On the other hand, Long Bay Virgin Gorda could provide more action, and is closer to other tourist hot-spots. It's found a quarter mile to the north.

Another sun-drenched spot to consider is Mahoe Bay, located a mile and a half away. The perfect strip of white sand at Mahoe Bay Beach drops into a blue lagoon surrounded by coral reefs. Perfect for swimming and snorkeling, this casual beach is also a wonderful spot for lounging in tranquility along its shores. With villas and a restaurant close by, Mahoe Bay offers everything to guests for their comfort.

Nail Bay could be the ideal stretch of sand, but it is possible that it may not be the best choice for your family; in which case there are other beaches (and other outdoor attractions) worth trying.


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