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, near East End, this beach is on the North East coast of Anguilla. You should think about stopping by regardless of whether you're staying particularly close by. While Anguilla has beaches that are more secluded than Island Harbour, it has the right combination of city atmosphere and natural beauty to attract families and couples alike.

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 could always try the restaurant right on the water, if it suits your taste. Every region in the Caribbean has its own style of cuisine, and Anguilla is no different. One of the most convenient, and relaxing spots to enjoy the local fare is right next to the coast. Did you know that many hotels are able to pack picnic lunches for their guests? Or, it would be easy to grab some hot food from a street vendor or casual cafe along the way.

The concession stand on-site could come in handy, even if you plan to have lunch elsewhere. You might also have the option to buy some food from one of the mobile vendors who typically operate along this coastline.

Please note that public restrooms are not available, so those of you traveling with small children may want to consider another spot. Happily, the off-shore waters are of good snorkeling quality, so grab some equipment if you're hoping to find some interesting marine life. 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.

Since Island Harbour will be located within an area that sees many visitors, many try to show up early.

What's Nearby

Attractions

This beach is positioned on Anguilla's North East coast; it will be near other attractions like Art Cafe, which is one of the most conveniently accessible attractions.

Historic attractions, including Old Fort at Sandy Hill, offer a nice compliment to the scenery of Island Harbour, and allow visitors to learn more about Anguilla, without having to go too far from the beach.

Beaches are a great attraction to visit, but there's even more to see during your stay. The following table contains attractions that are the closest.

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

Island Harbour is close to the Valley, so a trip into the city is a definite option. Not far away you'll find the Valley, a city which is not lacking in exploration opportunities, yet also not overflowing with buildings. From the beach, the Valley isn't far off, roughly four and a half miles (seven kilometers).

Hotels

Whether this spot is full of bodies or practically empty will depend on many factors, including the capacity of nearby hotels. There aren't many large hotels in the immediate vicinity, but it can attract guests staying at smaller accommodations in the area.

You'll find a decent selection of rooming options to pick from near Island Harbour. The most convenient of which have been listed below.

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

A hot day at the beach will have you craving more than just a cocktail; no beach day is complete until you enjoy a meal at a nearby restaurant, where you can sample the local chefs' favorite dishes, within just a few miles of this shoreline. One of the closest restaurants is Smitty's on the Beach. This restaurant offers both American and Caribbean cuisines. They also specialize in seafood.

The table below lists dining options near 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

Visitors looking for a beach that's right for them will have lots of choices besides Island Harbour.

If the vibrant atmosphere of Island Harbour is one of the features you love, consider checking out Junks Hole, another location where you'll find fun and action. You'll find it one and a quarter miles to the east-southeast. If it's solitude and tranquility you're seeking, Anguilla's Shoal Bay is an area secluded from lots of tourists and buildings. It is located not far off the beach at all.

Travelers may also want to consider Scilly Cay Beach, located within a short distance.

There's plenty to see and do in Anguilla, and Island Harbour is just one of the many options.

 

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