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 edge of Anguilla. You might want regardless of whether you're staying in the immediate vicinity. Travelers who like parts of town the are bustling with activity will relish their time 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.

Many visitors find themselves ordering a drink or snack from the concessions here, even if they move off-site for lunch. You might also have the option to buy food from one of the mobile vendors who typically operate along this coastline.

Unfortunately, restrooms will not be available here, but you may be able to find facilities at a nearby business. 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.

Be mindful that the area right around Barnes Bay is visited by quite a number of tourists, so plan accordingly.

What's Nearby


This beach is positioned on Anguilla's South West coast; it's located near attractions like Devonish Art Gallery, which is one of the closest attractions.

Historical attractions like Old Salt Factory and Pump House offer a wonderful compliment to the scenery of Barnes Bay, plus they allow vacationers to learn more about Anguilla, without having to leave the coast. In fact, this site can be found easily within taxi range of this destination of historical interest.

There are options for close-by activities so you won't run low on things to do. The attractions nearest to this beach are listed in the following table.

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 1.8 mi. NE Anguilla
CuisinArt Resort Golf Course Golf Course 2.1 mi. E Anguilla
CuisinArt Resort and Spa Art Gallery Art Gallery 2.1 mi. E Anguilla
Anguilla Tennis Academy Tennis Club 3.6 mi. E Anguilla
Bartlett's Collection Art Gallery 4.2 mi. ENE Anguilla
Pineapple 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
Warden's Place Historical Site 6.4 mi. ENE Anguilla
Wallblake House Museum 6.6 mi. ENE Anguilla
The Galleria at World Art and Antiques Art Gallery 6.8 mi. ENE Anguilla

Cities and Towns

Barnes Bay is very close to Blowing Point, so a trip into the city——for snacks, drinks, and other attractions——is a convenient option. The nearby town of Blowing Point is in an area with plenty of worthwhile sites, while still remaining less developed and congested as some other places. From the beach, Blowing Point is not far away, roughly three and a half miles (six kilometers).


The mood here——social and lively, or virtually empty—— will be influenced by everything from the time of day to the capacity of nearby hotels. Typically, you can expect to see a fair amount of other guests who are staying close by.

Those hoping to find a hotel room close to Barnes Bay are in luck, as there are lots of hotels to pick from close-by. Find the closest hotel booking options by viewing those shown in the following table.

Accommodations near Barnes Bay
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Viceroy Anguilla 0.2 mi. NE Hotel
Anacaona Boutique Hotel 0.4 mi. E Hotel
Frangipani Beach Resort 0.7 mi. ENE Resort
Turtle's Nest Beach Resort 0.7 mi. ENE Hotel
Cap Juluca 0.9 mi. SE Resort
Nathan's Cove 1.0 mi. NE Hotel
Covecastles Resort 1.1 mi. SW Hotel
Carimar Beach Club 1.1 mi. NE Hotel
Paradise Cove Resort 1.3 mi. E Hotel
Malliouhana Hotel & Spa 1.3 mi. NE Hotel


When you get hungry for an afternoon snack, the area around this beach has plenty to offer, and you won't have to look too far from the shore. Aleta is one of the closest eateries. This restaurant has a menu featuring Caribbean cuisine. Some guests will choose to take a cab here, while others will want to walk as it's just a little ways away.

Some nearby restaurant options are shown in the table below.

Restaurants near Barnes Bay
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Aleta (264) 497-7000 Caribbean Fine Dining 0.2 mi. NE
Bamboo Bar & Grill (264) 497-7000 Caribbean Very Casual 0.2 mi. NE
The Half Shell (264) 497-7000 American Very Casual 0.2 mi. NE
Sunset Lounge (264) 497-7000 Asian Informal 0.3 mi. NNE
Cobà (264) 497-7000 Italian Fine Dining 0.3 mi. NE
Picante (264) 498-1616 Mexican Very Casual -- --
AXA Pizza (264) 497-6827 Italian Very Casual 0.4 mi. E
Firefly Restaurant (264) 497-6827 Caribbean Informal 0.4 mi. E
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

Other Beaches

Visitors in search of the perfect beach will have other options if Barnes Bay doesn't suit their tastes.

You may also like Sherricks Bay Beach, where there's usually lots of activity. It is located one and a quarter miles to the south west. If you were hoping to find a tranquil beach scene with few crowds, consider Meads Bay. It is located not far off the beach at all.

You may also want to consider Cove Bay, which is located only a short distance away. 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.

Anguilla has some unforgettable natural wonders to explore, and paying a visit to Barnes Bay is just one way you can spend your afternoon.


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