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 near the heart of the island of Virgin Gorda, 1.5 miles west-northwest of Santu Patia, Nail Bay is on the North West edge of the island, You might think about stopping by even if you are not staying in the vicinity. The beaches in the Virgin Islands aren't usually known for their peace and quiet, however, Nail Bay is tamer than most, making it a good pick for those of you who want to stay away from big crowds, but still get the most out of their beach visit.

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, so those of you traveling with small children may want to consider another spot.

What's Nearby


Visitors will find this beach on the North West coast of Virgin Gorda. Old Methodist Church is an easy taxi ride away, and it is one of the attractions in the area.

Beaches are one type of attraction you can visit, but there will be more options available in the Virgin Islands. The following chart includes some other attractions close-by.

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

Spanish Town is nearby and is not an overly urbanized area, but still has its fair share of things to do. From Nail Bay, Spanish Town is a quick trip away, maybe three and a half miles (five and a half kilometers).


How many other people you encounter at Nail Bay will be influenced by everything from the time of day to the capacity of nearby hotels. There are not many major hotels nearby, but it's sometimes enjoyed by guests from some of the area's smaller options.

You'll find a decent selection of hotels a car ride away. A list of the closest choices are seen in the table 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
Biras Creek Resort 3.7 mi. E Resort
Fischer's Cove Beach Hotel 4.0 mi. SSW Hotel


If the heat at the beach has you craving a cool cocktail and a bite to eat, you'll have plenty of places to dine, without having to go too far. One of the closest places to eat is Sugarcane Restaurant. This restaurant has a menu featuring Caribbean food. They have become well-known, however, because of their hamburgers and seafood. You'll have the option of walking or taking a cab since it's just a short distance away.

The table below provides a list of nearby dining options.

Restaurants near Nail Bay
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Sugarcane Restaurant (284) 494-8000 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 -- --
Little Dix Bay Pavilion (284) 495-5555 International Informal 2.8 mi. SW
The Pavilion (284) 495-5555 -- Fine Dining 2.8 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
The Almond Walk (305) 468-0168 International Informal 3.4 mi. E

Other Beaches

Travelers who are looking for the ideal beach on Virgin Gorda will have lots of options besides Nail Bay.

You might also enjoy Leverick Bay, situated just a little ways away. If you're looking for a more active beach scene, you might find that Long Bay Virgin Gorda is just right. It's found a quarter mile to the north.

You may also want to consider Mahoe Bay, located within a short distance. 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.

The Virgin Islands has a lot to offer its visitors, but visiting Nail Bay or the other beautiful beaches in the area can make your time in the Virgin Islands even more memorable.


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