Barnes Bay

Photo credit: © Vanes Luciani
 

Barnes Bay is a serene stretch of coastline with the kind of soft white sand you dream of sinking your toes into. It's a perfect beach for snorkeling and it's location allows for a fantastic view of the sun setting over the water.

Located in West End, 0.8 miles west-southwest of Meads Bay, Barnes Bay is on the South West coast of Anguilla. You should think about stopping by even if you aren't staying very close. The majority of Anguilla's beaches are quite secluded, offering beautiful backdrops and few disturbances. While these beaches are a perfect fit for some, other visitors prefer lounging in the livelier environment at Barnes Bay.

How to Access The Beach
Barnes Bay has the nickname "Mansion Lane." It's not the easiest beach for public access as it's sequestered by several resorts and hotels and lots of private luxury villas as well. It isn't barred from public use however, and it is a beautiful Westward facing beach that's worth a visit if the obtrusive resorts don't intimidate you.

Amenities and Ambiance

Barnes Bay Beach is a long stretch of powdery white sand and clear, still waters. It's flanked by a jutting rock formation which adds not only to the visual appeal but also to its isolated ambiance.

There is also a snack bar here. You might also have the option to buy some food from one of the mobile vendors who operate at or near this spot.

Unfortunately, public restrooms aren't available, so if you're visiting with small children you might want to consider a different location. This remote beach is set apart from the crowd and is perfect for travelers seeking time alone. Barnes Bay is one of the least crowded beaches in Anguilla.

Since Barnes Bay can be found within an area popular for visitors., many try to show up early.

What's Nearby

Attractions

Barnes Bay is beautiful natural site, which you'll find on the South West coast of Anguilla; it will be near other attractions like Devonish Art Gallery, which is one of the closest attractions to visit.

If you want to mix culture with your visit to the beach, you should consider a trip to Wallblake House. This museum is located within driving distance, so it could be a welcomed alternative to hot afternoon activities.

The beach is one type of attraction you can visit, but there will be more options available in Anguilla. The following table contains attractions that are the closest.

Activities and Attractions Near Barnes Bay
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Devonish Art Gallery Art Gallery 0.2 mi. S Anguilla
Cheddie's Carving Studio Art Gallery 1.3 mi. E Anguilla
CuisinArt Resort Golf Course Golf Course 2.1 mi. E Anguilla
Dolphin Discovery Dolphin Encounter Service 3.5 mi. E Anguilla
Anguilla Tennis Academy Tennis Club 3.6 mi. E Anguilla
L Bernbaum Art Gallery Art Gallery 4.2 mi. ENE Anguilla
Old Salt Factory and Pump House Historical Site 4.3 mi. ENE Anguilla
Savannah Gallery Art Gallery 6.4 mi. ENE Anguilla
Loblolly Gallery Art Gallery 6.4 mi. ENE Anguilla
Warden's Place Historical Site 6.4 mi. ENE Anguilla
Wallblake House Museum 6.6 mi. ENE Anguilla
Old Factory Historical Site 7.1 mi. ENE Anguilla

Cities and Towns

Barnes Bay is close to Blowing Point, so walking the city is a definite option. Blowing Point is nearby and is a neat region that strikes a balance between island tranquility and urbanization. From the beach, Blowing Point is just up the road, about three and a half miles (six kilometers).

Hotels

Whether or not you encounter a lot of other visitors will depend on how many hotel guests decide to make the trip as well. At this beach, you can expect to encounter quite a few visitors from lodgings in the area.

Since the beach is situated in a relatively popular vacation spot, it shouldn't be a great challenge to find the kind of hotel you're looking for close-by. If you are wanting to book a place that's near the water, the table below lists the closest accommodation options to Barnes Bay.

Accommodations near Barnes Bay
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Arbon Villas 0.2 mi. SW Villa complex
Four Seasons Anguilla 0.2 mi. NE Hotel
Sur La Plage 0.4 mi. ENE Villa complex
Anacaona Boutique Hotel 0.4 mi. E Hotel
Villa Sheriva at Sheriton Estates 0.6 mi. SE Villa complex
Frangipani Beach Resort 0.7 mi. ENE Resort
Meads Bay Beach Villas 0.7 mi. NE Villa complex
Turtle's Nest Beach Resort 0.7 mi. ENE Resort
Bella Blu 0.7 mi. NE Villa complex
Indigo Reef 0.8 mi. SW Villa complex

Food

A trip to the beach isn't complete until you eat at a nearby restaurant, where you can sample regional favorites, without going too far from the coast. One of the nearest restaurants is Aleta. The restaurant features Caribbean cuisine. You'll have the option of walking or taking a cab since it's not far off the beach at all.

The following table provides a list of dining options near this beach.

Restaurants near Barnes Bay
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Aleta (264) 333-8057 Caribbean Fine Dining 0.2 mi. NE
Bamboo Bar & Grill (264) 333-8057 Caribbean Very Casual 0.2 mi. NE
The Half Shell (264) 333-8057 Mediterranean Very Casual 0.2 mi. NE
Sunset Lounge (264) 333-8057 Asian Informal 0.3 mi. NNE
Cobà (264) 333-8057 Italian Fine Dining 0.3 mi. NE
Picante (264) 498-1616 Mexican Very Casual -- --
Waves Anguilla (264) 729-3185 Caribbean Very Casual 0.4 mi. NE
Ocean Echo (264) 498-5454 International Informal 0.6 mi. ENE
Elodias Beach Bar & Grill (264) 497-1257 American, Caribbean Very Casual -- --
Straw Hat Restaurant (264) 497-8300 Pan Asian / Pacific Rim Informal 0.7 mi. NE
Jacala Beach Restaurant (264) 498-5888 Caribbean, French Very Casual 0.7 mi. NE
Pimms (264) 497-6666 Caribbean, European, Fusion Fine Dining 0.9 mi. SE

Other Beaches

Vacationers who are looking for the ideal beach will have lots of choices besides Barnes Bay.

If the active mood at Barnes Bay is one of the features you love, you'll want to consider heading to Sherricks Bay Beach, another location where you'll find fun and action. You'll find it one and a quarter miles to the south west. If you were hoping to find a tranquil beach scene with few crowds, you might find what you want at Meads Bay. It is located not far off the beach at all.

Another sun-drenched spot to consider is Cove Bay, which is located less than a mile to the east-southeast. Popular but calm, Cove Bay is the perfect combination of elements for lazy days in the Caribbean. Sunning and swimming are the main activities, as the surf is not quite right for water sports.

Of course, Anguilla has hundreds of natural wonders to discover, but Barnes Bay is both a beautiful natural attraction, and a fun hangout spot.

 

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