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.

The Area's Beaches

You will discover a large number of beaches to consider on the island. Whether you prefer people watching, or you'd rather have more of the beach to yourself, you're likely to find what you want. Simply click on specific names for a detailed review of that particular stretch of sand.

Sandy Ground Beach

If you are looking for a snorkeling spot, a location offering that option is Sandy Island Beach. Sandy Island Beach stretches along the coast of the small Sandy Island. With not much else here than sand and cabanas, you can expect to feel in paradise.

Another good choice for those who enjoy snorkeling is Scilly Cay Beach. The beautiful beach is the backdrop of a classy island bar; and you are likely to hear the music and laughter coming from the patrons. In the other direction, beachgoers will have a fabulous view of the Island Harbour area.

Anguilla's Shoal Bay: Located on the northeastern side on Anguilla, Shoal Bay is a large beach that is both wide and long. It features easy public access, though parts of the beach are dominated by a resort.

Take some time to look through the chart below if you want more information.

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

Bear in mind, you can find plenty of other attraction types available too. For a more comprehensive look at other attractions, visit this page.

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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