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.

Situated on the island of Anguilla, in the general vicinity of East End, You should think about stopping by even if you aren't staying in the immediate vicinity. Travelers in search of a tranquil, secluded setting shouldn't miss the opportunity to visit Captain's Bay.

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.

The snack bar here is the ultimate convenience if you need a cold drink, or something to hold you over until dinner. On some days, it may be possible to order lunch from one of the local vendors who typically set up shop here.

Please note that public restrooms are not 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 desire coasts that bring guests an angelic haven, then you will want to try Captain's Bay; it's found within a less urbanized area of Anguilla.

What's Nearby


This beach is positioned on Anguilla's East coast. It's located near Heritage Museum Collection, which is one of a few local attractions.

History-focused attractions such as Old Fort at Sandy Hill are a wonderful compliment to the scenery of Captain's Bay, plus they allow vacationers to learn more about Anguilla, without having to venture too far from the coast.

If you're looking for plenty of activities to keep you or your family busy, you'll find the closest ones in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Captain's Bay
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Heritage Museum Collection Museum 1.5 SW Anguilla
Art Cafe Art Gallery 1.7 W Anguilla
Anchor Miniature Golf Miniature Golf Course 1.9 W Anguilla
ALAK Art Gallery Art Gallery 3.7 WSW Anguilla
Old Fort at Sandy Hill Historical Site 4.2 SW Anguilla

Cities and Towns

Captain's Bay is near the Valley, so touring the city could be a fun side-trip after visiting the beach. the Valley is the closest city and is noted for its balance between seclusion and urbanization. From the coast, the Valley is about six miles (nine and a half kilometers) away.


The number of other vacationers sharing this coastline can vary widely, depending on when you visit, and how many of the nearby hotel rooms have been booked. There are not many major hotels nearby, but it can appeal to guests from smaller lodgings in the area.

You'll find a moderately varied selection of hotel rooms within a car's reach. A list of the closest possibilities are seen in the following list.

Accommodations near Captain's Bay
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Arawak Beach Inn 1.7 W Hotel
Serenity Cottages 3.0 W Cottages
Allamanda Beach Club 3.1 W Hotel


A hot day at the beach will have you craving more than just a cocktail; no beach day is complete until you walk to a nearby restaurant, where you'll be able to sample regional favorites, without having to stray too far. One of the closest restaurants is Hibernia Restaurant and Art Gallery. This restaurant serves both Asian and eclectic cuisines. Visitors often rave about their seafood. You could take a cab or probably walk to this restaurant since it's not far off the beach at all.

Nearby dining options are shown below.

Restaurants near Captain's Bay
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Hibernia Restaurant and Art Gallery (264) 497-4290 Asian, Eclectic, French Informal 1.0 mi. W
Scilly Cay (264) 497-5123 Caribbean Very Casual 1.4 mi. W
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 -- -- --
Island Pub (264) 497-4244 Pub -- -- --
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
Zara's (264) 497-3229 Caribbean, Eclectic Informal 3.1 mi. W
Madeariman Beach Bar and Restaurant (264) 497-5750 French -- 3.4 mi. W

Other Beaches

Of course, there are lots of other spots along the coast of Anguilla, and Captain's Bay is just one option.

If you like the ambiance at this beach, you might also like Island Harbour, found only a short distance away. If you're looking for a more active beach scene, you might enjoy people watching at Junks Hole. It's found a mile to the south-southwest.

You may also want to consider Scilly Cay Beach, located a mile and a half to the west.

Captain's Bay could be the ideal stretch of sand, but it is possible that it may not be the best choice for your family; in which case you should find a beach with a seclusion factor that suits you.


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