Nanny Cay, Tortola, BVI
Nanny Cay is a classic tropical village. Green leafy palms shade
the street, and you can hear bamboo rustling as a gentle ocean breeze cools your
skin. Off in the distance, you can hear shrill bird cries, and on the other side
is a rushing sound as the tide caresses the shore.
||It sounds like a scene out of a movie. In actuality, it's
Nanny Cay (pronounced "key") on Tortola, British Virgin Islands. This
little town on the inland sea side of the island is built entirely on a private
artificial island off the shore of Road Town, connected to the rest of Tortola
with a short bridge. On Nanny Cay, you'll find a full marina with excellent
facilities, a hotel, restaurants, and condominiums that are often rentable.
small enough to be very walk able, and you get a wonderful view of the hills
behind Road Town from anywhere on the island.
Most of the island is designed to cater to pleasure
sailors, but you'll find plenty of relaxing fun here without a boat, too.
What To Do Here
Water sports is the name of the game – whether you love
windsurfing or snorkeling, the water is perfect, calm and clear with an
excellent prevailing wind. The sun gets hot here, so sunscreen is a must, but
the water and breezes are cooling.
Nanny Cay is also a fantastic place to charter boats and
crews for daytrips.
||Several boats of varying sizes are available, and you can
rent them by the day at very reasonable rates. Always wanted to learn how to
sail? One of the experienced crew here will be your ideal tutor. For longer
excursions and bare boat trips, there are multiple chandleries on the island
ready to provide for all your grocery needs.
Peg Leg's Restaurant and Bar is located right on the strand
and has the best view on all sides you'll find anywhere on the island. Here you
can get excellent Caribbean-style food while you relax and soak up the scenery.
Genaker Cafe, in the middle of the marina, offers a second option, as well as
Besides these, there are a dozen or more businesses here
that cater specifically to tourists: a day spa, diving supplies, boating
supplies, etc. Almost every business at the Cay is designed to appeal to both
children and adults. This means you can grab
a quick drink at a tiki bar and chat with locals and other visitors while
the kids play nearby at playgrounds or the beach.
Check before you go for timing on the multiple regattas
that are home ported here at Nanny Cay. Even if you don't participate, it's lots
of fun to watch the beautiful boats moving in and out of the harbor.
Where To Stay on Tortola
||There's only one real choice right on the island. The
Nanny Cay Resort Marina is beautifully decorated, with hardwood floors and
classic French doors opening onto gardenlike patios. It's designed to be
perfectly relaxing, with every imaginable amenity from sports rentals to car
rentals available right at the front desk, so you don't ever have to leave the
hotel if you choose not to.
Of course, if you don't, you miss all the other
things to do on beautiful Tortola.
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