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.

Located on 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 should think about stopping by whether or not you're staying in the immediate vicinity. Those of you who want the best of both worlds——a sense of seclusion, but the option for activity—— may find that Nail Bay is just the right spot. Generally, it's not an overly popular part of the coast, but it's not totally devoid of people either.

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.

Unfortunately, restrooms will not be available here, which is something to consider if you're bringing the kids, or plan to spend all day outside.

What's Nearby


Nail Bay is always a lovely side-trip when you're in the area. Look for it 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're looking for plenty of activities to keep you or your family busy, you'll find the closest ones 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

The town of Spanish Town is close-by and is a region with interesting things to do, yet is never overly congested. From the shore, Spanish Town is a fairly short distance away, about three and a half miles (five and a half kilometers).


The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, it depends mainly on when you visit, and how packed the nearby hotels are. This spot is not near many large hotels, but it's often visited by guests staying at some of the smaller accommodations in the area.

You'll find a moderately varied selection of hotels within driving distance. Some of the closest choices can be viewed in the following list.

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


Even after a restful afternoon at the beach, the day isn't truly complete until you eat at a nearby restaurant, where you'll be able to dive into the Virgin Islands' specialty dishes, without going too far from the coast. One of the closest places to eat is Sugarcane Restaurant. This restaurant has a menu featuring Caribbean cuisine. They're perhaps most famous, though, for their hamburgers and seafood. You could take a cab or probably walk to this restaurant since it's just a short distance away.

Nearby restaurants are provided 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

Of course, you'll find plenty of other beaches on Virgin Gorda, so perhaps you can explore more than one.

Another location you might enjoy is Leverick Bay, situated only a short distance away. More active guests, though, may be interested in Long Bay Virgin Gorda, which could provide a few more possibilities for excitement, and is closer to other popular destinations. It's found a quarter mile to the north.

Travelers may also want to consider Mahoe Bay, which is 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.

Perhaps Nail Bay is the most convenient coastline for you to visit, but some travelers itch to explore more; in which case you should find a beach with a seclusion factor that suits you.


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