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.

Set in Island Harbour, near East End, this beach is on the North East coast of Anguilla. You might want to drop by whether or not you're staying particularly close by. Travelers who'd like to avoid renting a car will probably like Island Harbour. The area surrounding this beach has so much to offer because it isn't far from the center of the city's action.

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.

There is also a restaurant right on the water, so if you don't want to leave Island Harbour at all, it's worth a try. Vacationers will find plenty of places in Anguilla serving up delicious local cuisine, but you don't have to eat every meal in a formal setting. Some visitors, in fact, like having lunch very close-by. With this in mind, you might ask your hotel if they offer to pack picnic lunches for their guests. Otherwise, there are plenty of walk-up vendors that offer hot, on-the-go food.

If you're suddenly hungry or thirsty, the concession stand at Island Harbour is the ultimate convenience. Depending on the season and time of day, you may also be able to order lunch from one of the local vendors who typically operate along this coastline.

Keep in mind that restrooms won't be found on-site, which is something to consider if you're bringing the kids, or plan to spend all day outside. Fortunately, the water here is clear and good for snorkeling, so bring along some gear if you want to do some underwater exploration. 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 is found inside a major tourist area, you might want consider the time when you plan your visit.

What's Nearby

Attractions

Set on the North East coast of Anguilla; it will be near other attractions like Heritage Collection Museum, which is one of the most conveniently accessible attractions.

If you're intrigued by Anguilla's history, there are lots of sites which offer a historic look at the nation. For example, you might enjoy a visit to Old Fort at Sandy Hill, which is one of the countries more interesting historical attractions.

Being able to choose from some activities besides the beach will ensure you won't get bored. The following table contains a list of the closest attractions.

Activities and Attractions Near Island Harbour
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Heritage Collection Museum Museum 0.8 SE Anguilla
Old Fort at Sandy Hill Historical Site 3.3 S Anguilla
Old Factory Historical Site 4.1 SW Anguilla
Loblolly Gallery Art Gallery 4.6 SW Anguilla
Savannah Gallery Art Gallery 4.6 SW Anguilla

Cities and Towns

Nearby, you'll find the town of the Valley, which is in an area with plenty of worthwhile sites, while still remaining less developed and congested as some other places. From the shore, the Valley is a quick trip away, about four and a half miles (seven kilometers).

Hotels

The number of other vacationers sharing this coastline can vary widely, depending on everything from the time of day to how many people have booked rooms nearby. This beach is not near many large hotels, but it can appeal to visitors from some of the area's smaller options.

Because the beach is in a relatively popular vacation area, it is not typically that difficult to find a hotel close-by that suits you tastes. If you and your party are hoping to book a place that's near the water, the following table lists the closest accommodation options to Island Harbour.

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
Shoal Bay Villas 1.7 mi. W Villa complex
The Manoah 1.7 mi. W Hotel
Ku Hotel 1.8 mi. W Hotel
Zemi Beach House Resort & Spa 2.2 mi. W Villa complex
Ani Villas 4.7 mi. WSW Villa complex
CéBlue Villas & Beach Resort 4.8 mi. SW Villa complex
Lloyd's Bed and Breakfast 4.8 mi. SW B & B

Food

If someone in your group starts to get a little hungry at the beach, it's alright because there are lots of nearby options when it comes to dining. Smitty's on the Beach is one of the closest eateries. This restaurant serves both American and Caribbean dishes on the menu. They are also famous for their seafood.

Restaurants closest to this beach are shown in the table below.

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
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
Le Bon Pain (264) 497-4090 American Very Casual 0.3 mi. WSW
The Lime Keel House (264) 583-4613 Caribbean Very Casual 0.5 mi. E
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
Madeariman Beach Bar and Restaurant (264) 497-5750 Caribbean, French, Vegetarian Very Casual 1.8 mi. W
Tropical Sunset Beach Bar and Restaurant (264) 497-6076 Caribbean Very Casual 2.0 mi. W

Other Beaches

Visitors searching for the perfect beach will have lots of choices besides Island Harbour.

If the active mood at Island Harbour is one of the features you love, think about checking out Junks Hole, a beach with a similar ambiance. You'll find it one and a quarter miles to the east-southeast. However, if you're looking to enjoy a quieter scene, Anguilla's Shoal Bay is a location removed from some more heavily-traveled spots. You'll find it only a short distance away.

You may also want to consider Scilly Cay Beach, located only a short distance away.

There are countless experiences to enjoy in Anguilla, and Island Harbour is just one of the many options.

 

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