Loblolly Bay

Voted one of the best beaches in the world, Loblolly Bay beach on Anegada offers a long stretch of uncrowded, soft white sand. Shallow waters are perfect for casual swimming and snorkeling, with a 50-foot walkout into the clear blue ocean. Occasional local beach bars and restaurants dot what is a largely quiet island that emphasizes an unspoiled beach life.

Located on the island of Anegada, 1.4 miles north of The Settlement, Loblolly Bay is on the North West coast of the island, You might think about stopping by even if you aren't staying very close. There are advantages to visiting a beach that isn't lined with high-rise hotels; secluded parts of the coast like Loblolly Bay are perfect when you need a break from the typical tourist scene.

How to Access The Beach
Access to the beach is provided by the few roads on the island, which extends from the airport. Signage is provided, but guests should travel toward the Big Bamboo Bar and Restaurant, which lies directly on the beach.

Amenities and Ambiance

The beach offers more than nine miles of stretch of white, soft sand and is surrounded by light tropical shrubbery and seagrapes, which provide excellent shade. Calm turquoise waters make for exquisite swimming and snorkeling, though the extensive stretch of shallow ocean is perfect for simply lounging about.

Keep in mind that restrooms won't be found on-site, but you may be able to find facilities at a nearby business. Fortunately, the water here is clear enough for snorkeling, so purchase or rent some equipment if you're looking to see some exciting marine life.

What's Nearby


Visitors will find this beach on the North West coast of Anegada. Accommodations nearby include the Big Bamboo Cottages, which is just a short distance away. Visitors have the option to walk or to take a cab to this property, perhaps the closest lodging option accessible from Loblolly Bay, though you may not find too many other attractions you can drive to.

Cities and Towns

The nearest part of Anegada to Loblolly Bay is The Settlement. This destination is only a mile and a half away, meaning it shouldn't take too long to make a visit. The Settlement is in an area with interesting things to do and see, but isn't as sprawling and crowded as some other areas.


Whether or not you encounter many other people will depend on if you visit during a popular season, which is often indicated by how busy the hotels are. Loblolly Bay is not located near many major hotels, but it's sometimes enjoyed by guests staying at smaller accommodations in the area.

Though this area doesn't sport many hotels nearby, the closest ones are listed in the following table.

Accommodations near Loblolly Bay
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Big Bamboo Cottages 0.3 mi. NW Cottages
Keel Point Cottages 4.2 mi. W Cottages
Anegada Beach Club 4.4 mi. W Hotel
Anegada Reef Hotel 4.7 mi. W Hotel
Neptune's Treasure 5.0 mi. W Hotel


When lunchtime rolls around and you start getting hungry, you'll have some great cuisine to choose from, so there's no need to go too far away. One of the closest restaurants is Whispering Pines. This restaurant serves delicious Caribbean cuisine. They're perhaps most famous, though, for their seafood.

The table below lists dining options located near this beach.

Restaurants near Loblolly Bay
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Whispering Pines -- Caribbean -- 0.0 mi. NNW
Big Bamboo Restaurant (284) 495-2019 Caribbean Very Casual 0.3 mi. NW
Flash of Beauty Restaurant (284) 495-8014 Caribbean Very Casual 0.5 mi. E
Lobster Trap (284) 495-9466 Caribbean, International Informal 4.4 mi. W
Anegada Reef Hotel Restaurant (284) 495-8002 Eclectic Very Casual 4.7 mi. W
Potter's by the Sea (284) 495-9182 Caribbean, International Very Casual 4.7 mi. W
Neptune's Treasure Restaurant (284) 495-9439 International Informal 5.0 mi. W
Pam's Kitchen (284) 495-9237 International Very Casual 5.0 mi. W

Other Beaches

Visitors searching for the perfect beach will have plenty of other choices on Anegada besides Loblolly Bay.

Of course, there is much more to do besides lounge on the sand in the Virgin Islands, but Loblolly Bay is both a relaxing, sunny hangout and a stunning natural feature.


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