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 same area as East End, this beach is on the North East coast of Anguilla. You should consider stopping by regardless of whether you're staying particularly close by. The beaches found throughout Anguilla are usually somewhat secluded and quiet, but Island Harbour is decidedly different.

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. There are a lot of dining experiences that vacationers can enjoy in Anguilla, but trying local cusine right on the beach can be especially memorable. Ask your hotel about picnic lunches, as some hotels offer to pack snacks for their guests' day trips. Or, on your way to the beach you could grab some carry-out from a casual dining spot.

There is also a snack bar here. On some days, it may be possible to get lunch from one of the mobile vendors who typically set up on this shoreline.

Please note that public restrooms are not available, which is something to consider if you're bringing the kids, or plan to spend all day outside. Happily, the off-shore waters are clear enough for snorkeling, so bring along 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 area right around Island Harbour is visited by quite a number of tourists, so make sure to get a spot!

What's Nearby


Found on Anguilla's North East coast; it will be near other attractions like Art Cafe, which is one of the closest attractions to visit.

If you're interested in combining a little culture with your trip to the beach, you may want to consider visiting Heritage Museum Collection, one of the closest museums, and might make a nice break from the midday sun.

If you're looking for plenty of activities to keep you or your family busy, the beach is located near the attractions in the following table.

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
The Galleria at World Art and Antiques Art Gallery 4.4 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
Old Salt Factory and Pump House Historical Site 6.8 mi. SW Anguilla

Cities and Towns

Island Harbour is near the Valley, so you can explore the city after your visit to the beach. The city of the Valley is close-by and is a region with interesting things to do, yet is never overly congested. From the beach, the Valley is a quick trip away, roughly four and a half miles (seven kilometers).


The crowdedness of the shoreline can vary widely, depending on everything from the time of day to how many hotel rooms have been booked nearby. Island Harbour is not near very many major hotels, but you may see visitors staying at some of the smaller accommodations in the area.

You'll find a decent number of hotel rooms a car ride away. Some of the closest possibilities are displayed in the following list.

Accommodations near Island Harbour
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Arawak Beach Inn 0.1 NW Hotel
Serenity Cottages 1.4 W Cottages
Allamanda Beach Club 1.4 W Hotel


Because restaurants near the beach catch the freshest seafood and the balmiest breezes, don't miss your chance to try an area restaurant, where you'll be able to sample regional favorites, without having to go far. One of the nearest restaurants is Smitty's on the Beach. This restaurant has both American and Caribbean dishes on the menu. Many guests rave about their seafood.

The table below provides a list of restaurant options near this shoreline.

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
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
Madeariman Beach Bar and Restaurant (264) 497-5750 French -- 1.8 mi. W

Other Beaches

There are other beaches in Anguilla you might like besides Island Harbour.

Another location you might enjoy is Junks Hole, a popular beach beloved by tourists. You'll find it one and a quarter miles to the east-southeast. If you were hoping to find a tranquil beach scene with few crowds, consider Anguilla's Shoal Bay. You'll find it only a short distance away.

Another sun-drenched spot to consider is Scilly Cay Beach, located a few hundred yards to the northeast.

Perhaps Island Harbour is the most convenient coastline for you to visit, but some travelers itch to explore more; if so, there are other beaches and natural attractions in Anguilla you might like.


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