Captain's Bay

Photo credit: © Dominique Hazard

If isolation and serenity are what you seek in a beach, Captain's Bay is your own personal paradise. However, the surf is too rough and the undertow too strong for swimming and water sports, unless you're a dare devil.

Positioned on the island of Anguilla, near East End, You should consider dropping by regardless of whether you are staying in the vicinity. It's often said that Captain's Bay is the ideal location for escaping the typical tourist haunts. Other nearby beaches in Anguilla may have the same warm sand and calming breezes as Captain's Bay, but are usually busier since they're near some of the most popular hotels.

How to Access The Beach
Travelers will find Captain's Bay only after navigating harsh terrain and exploring a few dirt roads. It's not an easily accessible beach, but if you're willing to trudge your way out there, it's magically serene and the views are wonderful.

Amenities and Ambiance

The beach is located on the northeastern tip of Anguilla, where the Atlantic surf is ferocious and has a strong undertow. Sunset views are fantastic here but the water is too rough for swimming or sports.

Lots of visitors here find that the on-site snack bar is just fine for lunch. You might also have the option to buy some food from one of the local vendors who are typically found at this location.

Unfortunately, public restrooms aren't available, which is something to consider if you plan to spend a full day in the sun. Secluded and hard to reach, you won't find many other people at Captain's Bay, so be sure to visit the beach with friends or family.

If you tend to like sunny days which offer visitors a relaxing experience, then you may want to try Captain's Bay; it is tucked away in a much quieter section of Anguilla.

What's Nearby


This spot is on Anguilla's East coast. It is close to Heritage Collection Museum, which is one of the favorite local destinations.

If you want to learn more about the history of Anguilla, many sites offer unique historical perspectives on the area. One attraction of this sort is Old Fort at Sandy Hill, which is one of the sites of historical significance which can be visited in addition to Captain's Bay.

The beach is one type of attraction you can visit, but there's plenty else to see during your stay. The following chart includes some other attractions close-by.

Activities and Attractions Near Captain's Bay
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Heritage Collection Museum Museum 1.5 SW Anguilla
Old Fort at Sandy Hill Historical Site 4.2 SW Anguilla
Old Factory Historical Site 5.6 SW Anguilla
Wallblake House Museum 6.1 SW Anguilla
Loblolly Gallery Art Gallery 6.2 WSW Anguilla

Cities and Towns

Captain's Bay is near the Valley, so you can explore the city after your visit to the beach. Nearby, you'll find the city of the Valley, which is not lacking in exploration opportunities, yet also not overflowing with buildings. From the shore, the Valley is located roughly six miles (nine and a half kilometers) away.


The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, depending on when you visit, and how many of the nearby hotel rooms have been booked. The area does not have very many large hotels, but it's sometimes enjoyed by visitors from smaller lodgings in the area.

Since the beach is situated in a relatively popular tourist destination, it is not typically very difficult to find the type of hotel you're looking for nearby. If you and your group are hoping to book a place that's near the ocean, the table that follows lists the options closest to Captain's Bay.

Accommodations near Captain's Bay
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Arawak Beach Inn 1.7 mi. W Hotel
Serenity Cottages 3.0 mi. W Cottages
Allamanda Beach Club 3.1 mi. W Hotel
Shoal Bay Villas 3.3 mi. W Villa complex
The Manoah 3.4 mi. W Hotel
Ku Hotel 3.4 mi. W Hotel
Zemi Beach House Resort & Spa 3.8 mi. W Villa complex
Ani Villas 6.3 mi. WSW Villa complex
Lloyd's Bed and Breakfast 6.3 mi. SW B & B
CéBlue Villas & Beach Resort 6.3 mi. WSW Villa complex


Don't worry if your stomach starts rumbling while sunbathing at Captain's Bay; there are lots of nearby options when it comes to dining. One of the closest places to eat is Nat's Palm Grove Bar and Grill. The restaurant offers a menu of Caribbean food. Visitors often rave about their barbecue and seafood. You and your group can get to this restaurant and start eating in just a few minutes as it's only a short distance away.

Some nearby restaurant options are listed below.

Restaurants near Captain's Bay
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Nat's Palm Grove Bar and Grill (264) 497-4224 Caribbean Very Casual 0.8 mi. SSW
Hibernia Restaurant and Art Gallery (264) 497-4290 Asian, Eclectic, French Informal 1.0 mi. W
The Lime Keel House (264) 583-4613 Caribbean Very Casual 1.1 mi. WSW
Elite Beach Restaurant and Bar (264) 498-5178 Caribbean, Italian Very Casual 1.5 mi. WSW
Falcon's Nest (264) 772-1127 American Very Casual 1.5 mi. WSW
Arawak Cafe (264) 497-4888 Caribbean Very Casual 1.7 mi. W
Smitty's on the Beach (264) 497-4300 American, Caribbean -- -- --
Le Bon Pain (264) 497-4090 American Very Casual 1.9 mi. W
Serenity Beach Resort Bar and Restaurant (264) 497-3328 Caribbean Informal 3.0 mi. W
Gwen's Reggae Grill (264) 497-2120 Caribbean Very Casual 3.1 mi. W
Madeariman Beach Bar and Restaurant (264) 497-5750 Caribbean, French, Vegetarian Very Casual 3.4 mi. W
Tropical Sunset Beach Bar and Restaurant (264) 497-6076 Caribbean Very Casual 3.6 mi. W

Other Beaches

There are other beaches in Anguilla you might like besides Captain's Bay.

If you like the ambiance at this beach, you might also like Island Harbour, found within a mile or so. If you're looking for a more active beach scene, you might find that Junks Hole is just right. You'll find it a mile to the south-southwest.

Another location you may want to try is Scilly Cay Beach, located a mile and a half away.

There are countless experiences to enjoy in Anguilla, and Captain's Bay is just one of many incredible attractions you can choose from.


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