Island Harbour

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Island Harbour is not just a beautiful beach. It's a great destination, with local history, restaurants, fishing, and a beach-side bar. It is a shoreline bustling with activity and dotted with fishing boats.

Located in Island Harbour, in the vicinity of East End, this beach is on the North East coast of Anguilla. You might want even if you are not staying in the immediate vicinity. Those of you who want the best of both worlds——a sense of seclusion, but the option for activity—— might enjoy stopping by Island Harbour for a few hours. Generally, it's not an overly popular part of the coast, but it's not dead and empty either.

How to Access The Beach
Island Harbour beach is on the northeastern Anguilla shore, populated by attractions, amenities and boaters. There is easy access to the public and parking available.

Amenities and Ambiance

The water is calm and the sand is snow white on Island Harbour, though there are a few rocky patches. The harbor is protected, so the beach's mild waves are excellent for swimming. The adjacent fishing village adds character and ambiance.

You'll also discover that there is a restaurant on the shore worth trying. Each destination around the Caribbean has its own unique cuisine, and Anguilla is no different. One truly memorable place to try local specialties is right next to the coast. Did you know that some hotels are happy to pack picnic lunches for their guests? Otherwise, street vendors and casual walk-up eateries will have take-out dishes you can bring to the beach.

The snack bar here is the ultimate convenience if you need a cold drink, or something to hold you over until dinner. Sometimes, visitors will be able to buy some food from one of the local vendors who set up shop at the beach.

Unfortunately, public restrooms aren't available, which is something to consider if you're bringing the kids, or plan to spend all day outside. You will find the water here is of good snorkeling quality, so grab some equipment if you want to see the underwater world. The locals that live in the village of Island Harbour are fishermen, and morning beach-goers can catch them shoving off from the shore in colorful handmade fishing boats.

Remember to take into account that the immediate vicinity around Island Harbour is highly urbanized, so factor that into your plans.

What's Nearby

Attractions

Visitors will find this beach on Anguilla's North East coast. It's located near Art Cafe, which is one of the attractions in the vicinity.

If you want to learn more about the history of Anguilla, you won't have to look hard to find sites boasting the colorful history of the nation. For example, you might enjoy a visit to Old Fort at Sandy Hill, which is one of the closest locations with historical significance in the vicinity of Island Harbour.

Beaches are nice for a few hours here and there, but there will be more options available in Anguilla. The following table includes the closest attractions.

Activities and Attractions Near Island Harbour
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Art Cafe Art Gallery 0.1 mi. SW Anguilla
Anchor Miniature Golf Miniature Golf Course 0.3 mi. WSW Anguilla
Heritage Museum Collection Museum 0.8 mi. SE Anguilla
ALAK Art Gallery Art Gallery 2.1 mi. SW Anguilla
Old Fort at Sandy Hill Historical Site 3.3 mi. S Anguilla
Anguilla Arts and Crafts Shop Art Gallery 3.9 mi. SW Anguilla
Old Factory Historical Site 4.1 mi. SW Anguilla
Savannah Gallery Art Gallery 4.6 mi. SW Anguilla
Warden's Place Historical Site 4.6 mi. SW Anguilla
Wallblake House Museum 4.7 mi. SW Anguilla
Loblolly Gallery Art Gallery 4.8 mi. SW Anguilla
Old Salt Factory and Pump House Historical Site 6.8 mi. SW Anguilla

Cities and Towns

The nearby town of the Valley is an area with plenty to do, but yet isn't overcrowded. From Island Harbour, the Valley isn't far off, roughly four and a half miles (seven kilometers).

Hotels

The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, depending on time of day, season, and how many of the nearby hotel rooms have been booked. There are not many large hotels nearby, but you may meet visitors staying at smaller accommodations in the area.

Visitors will find a fairly good variety of lodging options to choose from in the area that encircles the beach. The most accessible of which can be seen in the following table.

Accommodations near Island Harbour
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Arawak Beach Inn 0.1 mi. NW Hotel
Serenity Cottages 1.4 mi. W Cottages
Allamanda Beach Club 1.4 mi. W Hotel
Ku Hotel 1.8 mi. W Hotel
Lloyd's Bed and Breakfast 4.8 mi. SW B & B
Las Esquinas 6.8 mi. SW B & B
Mariners Cliffside Beach Resort 7.2 mi. SW Cottages
La Vue Boutique Inn 7.4 mi. SW Hotel
Ferryboat Inn 8.6 mi. SW Hotel
Rendezvous Bay Hotel & Villas 8.7 mi. SW Hotel

Food

It's no problem if you start to get the munchies while hanging out at Island Harbour; you'll have many local dishes to choose from at nearby establishments. One of the closest places to eat is Smitty's on the Beach. The restaurant has both American and Caribbean cuisines. They have become well-known, however, because of their seafood.

The table below provides a list of restaurants closest to this beach.

Restaurants near Island Harbour
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Smitty's on the Beach (264) 497-4300 American, Caribbean -- -- --
Arawak Cafe (264) 497-4888 Caribbean Very Casual 0.1 mi. NW
Island Pub (264) 497-4244 Pub -- -- --
Elite Beach Restaurant and Bar (264) 498-5178 Caribbean, Italian Very Casual 0.2 mi. ESE
Falcon's Nest (264) 772-1127 American Very Casual 0.2 mi. SE
Scilly Cay (264) 497-5123 Caribbean Very Casual 0.2 mi. NE
Le Bon Pain (264) 497-4090 American Very Casual 0.3 mi. WSW
Hibernia Restaurant and Art Gallery (264) 497-4290 Asian, Eclectic, French Informal 0.6 mi. E
Nat's Palm Grove Bar and Grill (264) 497-4224 Caribbean Very Casual 1.3 mi. ESE
Serenity Beach Resort Bar and Restaurant (264) 497-3328 Caribbean Informal 1.4 mi. W
Gwen's Reggae Grill (264) 497-2120 Caribbean Very Casual 1.4 mi. W
Zara's (264) 497-3229 Caribbean, Eclectic Informal 1.4 mi. W

Other Beaches

Vacationers in search of the perfect beach will have other options if Island Harbour doesn't suit their tastes.

If the vibrant atmosphere of Island Harbour is one of the features you love, you'll want to consider checking out Junks Hole, a beach with a similar ambiance. You'll find it one and a quarter miles to the east-southeast. If you'd rather try a more private, less popular location, Anguilla's Shoal Bay may be a good choice. You'll find it only a short distance away.

You may also enjoy Scilly Cay Beach, located a few hundred yards away.

Of course, Anguilla has hundreds of natural wonders to discover, but a trip to Island Harbour could end up a family favorite.

 

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