Cove Bay

Photo credit: © Steven Tak
 

The long beach is also perfect for strolling along the water's edge or sunning. Be sure to check out the new pier, built for fishing boats and sightseeing. This area is also a popular place for picnics and visitors can enjoy cold drinks at the bar.

Located in Cove Bay, 0.8 miles south of Meads Bay, this beach is on the South West coast of Anguilla. You should think about stopping by regardless of whether you're staying nearby. Seclusion and privacy are the features which most exemplify Anguilla's beaches, but Cove Bay offers those same relaxation qualities without having to travel too far from the buzz of the city.

How to Access The Beach
Parking lots are available for easy access to Cove Bay.

Amenities and Ambiance

Located on the west end of Anguilla, Cove Bay Beach is a sandy white beach flanked by Cove Pond and the Bay itself. It's the only major beach on Anguilla which isn't peppered with hotels and resorts, which makes it a great beach to soak up the natural beauty of the Caribbean shores. It is midway between Rendezvous Bay and Maundays Bay. The surf is moderate and good for water sports.

The concession stand located here is another lunchtime alternative. If available, you could also order some food from one of the mobile vendors who typically set up at this spot.

One obvious convenience is this beach's picnic facilities, so your food won't get sandy.

Unfortunately, you won't find any public restrooms along this coastline, which is something to consider if you plan to spend a full day in the sun. Luckily, beach umbrellas are offered at this beach for guests looking for relief from the sultry island sun. Cove Bay is a popular beach destination but that doesn't mean it's overly crowded or noisy. It is generally a laid-back and peaceful beach where visitors can simply relax.

Be mindful that the immediate vicinity around Cove Bay is is a much-visited area, meaning the availability of certain services is likely to be affected.

Visitors to Cove Bay can rent beach equipment like floats, umbrellas, and mats - everything needed for a leisurely day at the beach. There is also ample parking.

What's Nearby

Attractions

You'll find this beach on Anguilla's South West coast. It is close to The Anguilla Aqua Park, which is found a quarter mile to the east, and it is one of a number of local attractions.

If you want to discover more interesting facts about the history of Anguilla, some of the nearby attractions offer a historical perspective of the country. One of the nearest historical attractions is Old Salt Factory and Pump House, which is three and a half miles to the northeast.

If a visit to the Cove Bay isn't enough to keep you busy all afternoon, you'll find the closest ones in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Cove Bay
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
The Anguilla Aqua Park Attraction 0.3 mi. E Anguilla
Devonish Art Gallery Art Gallery 0.8 mi. W Anguilla
CuisinArt Resort Golf Course Golf Course 1.4 mi. ENE Anguilla
Cheddie's Carving Studio Art Gallery 1.5 mi. NNE Anguilla
Dolphin Discovery Attraction 2.6 mi. E Anguilla
Anguilla Tennis Academy Tennis Club 2.8 mi. E Anguilla
Bartlett's Collection Art Gallery 3.7 mi. NE Anguilla
Pineapple Gallery Art Gallery 3.7 mi. NE Anguilla
Old Salt Factory and Pump House Historical Site 3.7 mi. NE Anguilla
Loblolly Gallery Art Gallery 5.7 mi. NE Anguilla
Warden's Place Historical Site 5.9 mi. NE Anguilla
Savannah Gallery Art Gallery 5.9 mi. NE Anguilla

Cities and Towns

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 Cove Bay, Blowing Point is a fairly short distance away, maybe three miles (four and a half kilometers).

Hotels

Whether or not you encounter a lot of other visitors will be influenced by everything from the time of day to the capacity of nearby hotels. You can typically expect to share the sand with more than a few vacationers who are staying in the area.

Because this beach is situated in a pretty touristed area, it is not typically all that tough to find exactly the type of hotel you're looking for close-by. For those looking to book a place that's on or near the beach, the table that follows shows the closest accommodations to Cove Bay.

Accommodations near Cove Bay
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Paradise Cove Resort 0.4 mi. E Hotel
Cap Juluca 0.5 mi. SW Resort
Anacaona Boutique Hotel 0.6 mi. NW Hotel
Frangipani Beach Resort 0.7 mi. NNW Resort
Turtle's Nest Beach Resort 0.7 mi. N Hotel
Viceroy Anguilla 0.8 mi. NW Hotel
Nathan's Cove 0.9 mi. N Hotel
Carimar Beach Club 1.0 mi. N Hotel
Malliouhana, an Auberge Resort 1.2 mi. N Hotel
CuisinArt Resort & Spa 1.4 mi. ENE Resort

Food

When lunchtime rolls around and you start getting hungry, this beach has you covered, and you don't have to go far away. One of the nearest places to eat is Garden Terrace Café. This restaurant features Caribbean food. Visitors often rave about their seafood.

The table below lists nearby restaurant options.

Restaurants near Cove Bay
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Garden Terrace Café (264) 497-6603 Caribbean Informal 0.4 mi. E
Smokey's at the Cove (264) 497-6582 Caribbean Informal 0.4 mi. E
Blue Beachfront Bistro (888) 858-5822 Caribbean, International Informal 0.5 mi. SW
Pimms (264) 497-6666 Caribbean, European, Fusion Fine Dining 0.5 mi. SW
Spice (888) 858-5822 Middle Eastern Fine Dining 0.5 mi. SW
AXA Pizza (264) 497-6827 Italian Very Casual 0.6 mi. NW
Firefly Restaurant (264) 497-6827 Caribbean Informal 0.6 mi. NW
Ocean Echo (264) 498-5454 International Informal 0.8 mi. NNW
Straw Hat Restaurant (264) 497-8300 Pan Asian / Pacific Rim Informal 0.8 mi. NNW
Jacala Beach Restaurant (264) 498-5888 Caribbean, French Very Casual 0.8 mi. NNW
Aleta (264) 333-8057 Caribbean Fine Dining 0.8 mi. NW
Bamboo Bar & Grill (264) 333-8057 Caribbean Very Casual 0.8 mi. NW

Other Beaches

Travelers who are looking for the ideal beach in Anguilla will have lots of options besides Cove Bay.

Another sun-drenched spot to consider is Sandy Point Beach, located two and a half miles away.

Of course, there are lots of other things to do and see in Anguilla; then again, Cove Bay is both a beautiful natural attraction, and a fun hangout spot.

 

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