The third largest island in the British Virgin Islands (BVI), Virgin Gorda lures visitors year after year to discover the island’s stunning beaches, quiet coves and unparalleled beauty, and is quickly becoming the new St. Barts with its pristine waters, annual regattas and reliable trade winds. Tucked away on the tranquil eastern peninsula of this stunning island is the 400 acre, multigenerational resort and residential community of Oil Nut Bay, which boasts a new marina and marina village in addition to its superior luxury resort accommodations and amenities.
Oil Nut Bay’s new state-of-the-art marina has been designed to make yachting and boating a convenient part of everyday life and is part of the larger vision of Oil Nut Bay’s developer David V. Johnson. Providing excellent access to the Caribbean Sea, Atlantic Ocean, islands and anchorages of the Virgin Islands, as well as the Leeward and Windward isles, the new marina encourages exploration of the many wonders in the BVI, granting guests the freedom to head out by boat or helicopter with ease.
With an eventual 93 berths available and perfectly situated in the natural harbour of Deep Bay, the marina at Oil Nut Bay offers secure alongside moorings that can accommodate yachts up to 30 metres and a draft of up to 2.4 metres. An experienced dock master delivers yacht management services customised and tailored to individual needs, along with a dedicated team providing concierge marine services and reliable utilities that exceed industry standards. Amenities include high capacity shore power, Wi-Fi, double reverse osmosis potable water, tender and fuel docks, showers and provisioning services, as well as standard checks and services.
In addition, a new marina village and helipad have recently been completed. Doubling as a protective break-wall for yachts in the marina and accommodating two twin-engine helicopters, the helipad now provides even easier access to the Oil Nut Bay community. The marina village includes an operational dock master office and will feature a watersports facility, boutique shops, a coffee shop and a casual dining restaurant with outdoor seating for 80 people in the near future. This wonderful addition will enhance the dining experiences available to guests and homeowners at Oil Nut Bay, and will also open to BVI travellers staying nearby.
Immediately adjacent to Oil Nut Bay in the serene waters of the North Sound, nature has created yet another deep-water sanctuary. An ideal base for cruising and racing in the Caribbean, the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda marina is strategically positioned in one of the safest natural harbours in the Caribbean, consciously developed by Victor International using sustainable design practices. In addition to its exceptional clubhouse amenities and hospitality service, YCCS marina is a place where a grand tradition of yachting is continually celebrated.
Each year the Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta is held at this spectacular venue, bringing together sail and motor yachts during a four-day event for owners, families, friends and crew with yacht racing, fun activities and an exclusive social program. For the past five years Oil Nut Bay has been an avid sponsor of this celebrated event, organised by Boat International Media, hosting multiple luxury social events for guests, including a large, private and themed party to conclude the racing each year. Other regattas held here include the Swan Rolex Caribbean Cup and RC44 Regattas.