Beaches in Anguilla

For discriminating travelers, Anguilla's beaches are unsurpassed

Photo credit: © Alan Turkus

Even in the Caribbean, where beaches rule, Anguilla's beaches are known for being the best of the best. Soft, brilliant-white sands stretch out against clear blue waters. While there are other things to do on the island, spending time in the sand and surf is the number-one reason to come here.

Beaches Map

In spite of Anguilla's small size, it boasts more than 30 spectacular beaches. All beaches are open to the public, though some of them can only be accessed by walking through hotels. The most popular beaches can get crowded, but you'll find the majority to be havens of tranquility. Bars and restaurants skirt some of them, so beach-goers can stroll right from lounge chair to dining chair.

Some of the more popular beaches are mentioned on this page. Additional discussion can be found in our beach guide for both and .

The west side is where you'll find many of the island's best beaches, lined by the most expensive resorts. Still, you really can't go wrong anywhere on Anguilla. Whether you're looking for swimming, windsurfing, a quiet retreat, or a wild shore to explore, you can find a suitable beach on any part of the island.

With peaceful waves, many beaches are good for swimming. However, strong currents and dangerous undertows make a few areas too treacherous for a dip in the water. This is especially true near Anguilla's northernmost tip, though rough spots are scattered here and there around the island. But they're still excellent places for picnicking, hiking, or watching the boats go by.

Beach Choices In The Area

There are several beaches to consider visiting on the island. Whether you enjoy people watching, or you prefer having more of the sand to yourself, you should be able to find just the right beach. For more information concerning a specific beach you can click on the names of the ones you want to know more about.

Sandy Ground Beach

If you want to go snorkeling, a place worth considering is Sandy Island Beach. There is only one way to reach Sandy Island, and that is by boat.

Another top pick for snorkelers is Scilly Cay Beach. Scilly Cay has a devoted ferry that you can take from Island Harbour out to the cay; which is definitely the easiest way to get there.

Anguilla's Shoal Bay: Shoal Bay is one of the most popular beaches on Anguilla. Not that any beach here could be called crowded, but you're certain to catch at least a few other people enjoy the sugar sand and crystalline waters of Shoal Bay.

The chart below enables you to learn more details regarding the beaches located on the island.

Beaches On Anguilla
Name Location Coast
Anguilla's Shoal Bay 3.3 mi. North-Northeast of Central the Valley North East
Barnes Bay 0.8 mi. West-Southwest of Central Meads Bay South West
Blackgarden Bay Beach 1.8 mi. North-Northwest of Central the Valley North
Blowing Point Beach 0.4 mi. South of Central Blowing Point South
Captain's Bay 2.4 mi. Northeast of Central East End East
Corito Bay Beach 1.6 mi. South of Central the Valley South
Cove Bay 0.8 mi. South of Central Meads Bay South West
Crocus Bay Central Anguilla South East
Dropsey Bay Beach 1.9 mi. South West of Central East End --
Elsie Bay Beach 1.9 mi. South-Southwest of Central the Valley South
Forest Bay North Forest Bay, Central Anguilla South East
Island Harbour 1.7 mi. North of Central East End North East
Junks Hole 1.3 mi. Northeast of Central East End East
Katouche Bay Beach North Hill Village, Central Anguilla North
Limestone Bay Beach Central Anguilla North
Little Bay Central Anguilla East
Little Harbour 1.2 mi. East of Central Blowing Point South
Maundays Bay Beach 1.2 mi. South-Southwest of Central Meads Bay South West
Meads Bay 0.2 mi. South West of Central Meads Bay South West
Merrywing Bay Beach 1.1 mi. Southeast of Central Meads Bay South West
Mimi Bay 0.7 mi. East-Southeast of Central East End East
Rendezvous Bay 1.3 mi. West of Central Blowing Point South West
Road Bay 1.4 mi. North of Central Blowing Point South West
Sandy Ground Beach Sandy Ground Village, Central Anguilla North
Sandy Hill 1.0 mi. South West of Central East End East
Sandy Island Beach 2.9 mi. Northwest of Central Blowing Point West-Southwest
Sandy Point Beach 0.5 mi. South of Central Blowing Point South West
Scilly Cay Beach 1.9 mi. North of Central East End North East
Sherricks Bay Beach 0.4 mi. West of Central Shoal Bay West South West
Shoal Bay West 2.0 mi. South West of Central Meads Bay South West
Sile Bay Beach 1.0 mi. East-Northeast of Central East End South East

If you are seeking more attractions beyond the category on this page, you might want to consider other locations. To learn about more other attractions for Anguilla, click here.

For a fun diversion, some beaches offer water sports. Large hotels often provide equipment to their guests, so if you're staying at one you may be able to get all you need and head right out to the water. Parasailing, water-skiing, paddle-boating, and more await you. Coral reefs teeming with marine life make for magnificent snorkeling and scuba diving. Several old shipwrecks also can be investigated by certified divers. If you're not quite that adventurous, you can still see underwater wonders on a glass bottom boat tour.


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