Lined with rugged coral cliffs, the beautiful Captain's Bay features a wide beach surrounded by rocky cliffs. You can now reach the white sands by walking the cliff road east of Island Harbour. The beach is not recommended for swimming as there are strong currents and undertow, but it is a perfect place to picnic, or take a walk along the coast and enjoy the panorama.
A fisherman's village, Island Harbour is filled with homemade fishing boats. The crescent shaped beach is dotted with palm trees and the water is generally calm but quite often lined with seaweed. Island Harbour's relaxed atmosphere makes the trip worth it, especially if you catch a ride with one of the local fisherman to nearby Scrub Island. Check out Scilly Cay, a tiny little island for some chicken, cray fishes or grilled lobster.
Shoal Bay East
Easily one of the top beaches in the Caribbean, Shoal Bay East is the most popular beach on Anguilla. This means that a good portion of the beach is populated with beach bars, small resorts and umbrellas. The water is perfect and a short distance from the gradually sloping soft white sand is a live reef full of colorful fish and coral. For a unique experience find Junior and his glass bottom boat for an all around great view of the Bay. A couple of favorite eats include Elodias, Madearaman and Gwen's Reggae Grill a popular hangout with music.
The long drive down a dirt road is worth the trip to reach Limestone Bay. The bay is peaceful, secluded and sometimes you may even catch a glimpse of one of the Island's other inhabitants: sea turtles and iguana.Little BayOne of Anguilla's best-kept secrets, this tiny beach is quiet and offers excellent snorkeling. You can reach Little Bay by taking Carl's water taxi from Crocus Bay.
Crocus Bay offers magnificent cliffs and view of Anguilla's offshore cays. Only a short drive from the Valley, the Bay is also the gateway to Little Bay. This beach is great for swimming and snorkeling with awesome reef fish and coral, and you can even swim all the way to Little Bay.Katouche BayLocated at the foot of Anguilla's only "rain forest," this tiny beach is accessible by a short walk from Massara. Or for the more adventurous, take the nature walk through Katouche Valley and end up at the beach.
Anguilla's main port for cargo ships and bustling with nighttime activities, this village is lined with high cliffs and a salt pond behind. The harbour is usually filled with all types of fishing and pleasure boats, and is the best place to find a boat ride to Sandy Island or Prickly Pear Cay. You will find everything here, including great restaurants, entertainment and even a small grocery store.Prickly Pear CayThis small cay off the north coast of Anguilla is a fantastic spot for sailboats and snorkel trips. Two beach bar restaurants offer lunch and boat rides to the island. Only a short boat ride from the Sandy Ground Village.
A really nice spot for sunbathing, Long Bay has the original three Temenos villas and Oliver's offering great vistas sits on the cliff above with easy access to the beach.Meads Bay This bay plays host to villas, Malliouhana and several restaurants - including Blanchard's - along its nearly one mile stretch of white sand beach. It is the perfect beach for long walks and romantic moonlight strolls.
This quiet beach offers fantastic sunsets and some unusual coral rock formations. You will find several of the islands finest private villas, Mango's restaurant and Viceroy Anguilla on this nearly private stretch of beach.West End BayYou'll find not only a cute beach, with interesting coral formations, but also a good hike along the coast, and a perfect spot for watching the sunset any day of the year.
Beaches on the Caribbean Sea side of Anguilla from East to West
This is a great part of the island for a hike with wonderful views. Climb the rock at the end of Anguilla and get an excellent view of Scrub Island, much of Anguilla, St. Maarten, and St. Bart's. As this area is completely desolate, don't go alone.Savannah BaySavannah Bay is a long sweeping crescent beach backed by sand dunes. It offers excellent views of St. Bart's, St. Maarten and the Caribbean Sea. The beach has a beach bar and an occasional small fishing boat. Sunrise can be seen here at the island's tip.Mimi BayThis bay is quite isolated, and although it is not a good place to swim, it's excellent for a hike. Because it is desolate, taking a buddy is recommended.
Sandy Hill Bay
(Close to Dropsey Bay and Tequila Sunrise!)
A crescent of sand on a protected bay, Sandy Hill beach is a pleasant place to sun and swim and a favorite spot for local Anguillans. A number of villas and some rental residences line the hills around this beach.
Probably Anguilla's tiniest beach, this gem has some unusual snorkeling opportunities. Little Harbour protected on all sides, is a waveless beach is fantastic for swimming and boating.
Sandy Point Beach at Blowing Point
Although this is the ferry port for Anguilla, the strip of beach has a very secluded area to the west of the ferry that is wonderful for beach picnics and swimming.Rendezvous Bay About two miles long, this bay offers nice sand, calm clear water and the perfect view.Cove Bay A nice one and half mile of crescent beach and lovely sand dunes make this beach a good place for a private picnic. Smokey's restaurant sits on the eastern end of the beach and a public jetty is nearby.
Maunday's Bay Beach
Located on the Southwestern coast on the seaside of Cove pond and Gull pond, and home to the widely acclaimed Cap Juluca, this beach is beautiful. To reach this beach you must go past the security hut of the hotel. Blue restaurant serves lunch.
Shoal Bay West
This beach provides calm waters perfect for swimming. The views of St. Maarten and Saba from this beach make it an enjoyable place to sit and relax for hours. The beach is dotted with upscale resorts and restaurants.