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 might think about stopping by even if you are not staying particularly close by. Active, fun-seeking vacationers might like this beach due to its urban location. In fact, Cove Bay would be great for guests staying in nearby hotels, and people who like to be in the center of the action.

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.

There is also a snack bar here. On some days, it may be possible to buy food from one of the local vendors who set up shop at the beach.

Consider using this beach's picnic tables, which are perfect for setting up your carry-out food, or just lounging under the sun.

Keep in mind that restrooms won't be found on-site, which is something to consider if you plan to spend a full day in the sun. Luckily, umbrellas will be available for use to guests seeking a shaded area to relax. 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.

Cove Bay with its offering of comforts are located well within a tourist hotspot. With that in mind, if you think these amenities are a crucial feature, it will be a smart motivator to come in the morning before most of the other people show up or go to a different beach elsewhere. If you come later, you could run the risk of the amenities being too crowded for you to use.

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


This beach is positioned on Anguilla's South West coast; the area is home to other attractions such as The Anguilla Aqua Park, which is not very far away, so visitors have the option to walk or to take a cab.

Beaches and museums may seem an odd combination to some, but plenty of visitors find that museums like Wallblake House (positioned easily within cab range) offer a fun learning experience and help visitors understand Anguilla's interesting past.

Beaches are nice for a few hours here and there, but there's plenty else to see during your stay. The following chart includes some other attractions close-by.

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

Cove Bay is near Blowing Point, so exploring the city is a convenient option. The closest town is Blowing Point, which is in an area with interesting things to do and see, but isn't as sprawling and crowded as some other areas. From the coast, Blowing Point isn't far off, about three miles (four and a half kilometers).


The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, it depends on many factors: the time of sundown, happy hour, even how packed the nearby hotels are. Typically, you can expect to encounter quite a few travelers staying at the closest accommodations.

Because this beach is situated in a fairly touristed area, it is not typically all that tough to find exactly the kind of hotel you're looking for close-by. If you are hoping to book a place that's near the water, the following table shows the closest accommodation options 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


A trip to the beach isn't complete until you walk to a local restaurant, where you'll be able to sample regional favorites, without straying too far from your current location. One of the nearest restaurants is Garden Terrace Café. This restaurant serves delicious Caribbean food. Visitors often rave about their seafood.

The table below provides a list of nearby dining 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

Cove Bay is just one of many beaches you can visit in Anguilla.

You may also enjoy Sandy Point Beach, located two and a half miles away.

Cove 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 there are other beaches (and other outdoor attractions) worth trying.


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