Sandy Hill is a great place to go snorkeling. Though its small and pretty rocky, there's a good amount of smooth sandy spots to sunbathe. It's not developed, but there are some nearby accommodations. You're likely to see local fishermen here.
Set in Sandy Hill Bay, in the general vicinity of East End, this beach is on the East coast of Anguilla. You might want even if you aren't staying nearby. While Sandy Hill isn't particularly secluded, there's a lot less commotion than there is at the other, usually busy beaches in Anguilla. So while this isn't the most private place on the island to spend time with your sweetheart, less traffic at this beach means you'll encounter a lot less people along your romantic walk.
Sandy Hill is a small, narrow beach located between The Valley and Junk's Hole. The beach has no hotels or restaurants and no signage to help you find it. It is a protected harbor for local fisherman and often locals will be the only visitors to the beach. While parts of it have velvet soft sand, a majority of the beach is pretty rocky. It's great for snorkeling, though.
If you're suddenly hungry or thirsty, the concession stand at Sandy Hill is the ultimate convenience. You might also have the option to order lunch from one of the mobile vendors who typically set up shop here.
Unfortunately, public restrooms aren't available, so if you're visiting with small children you might want to consider a different location. Primarily a residential and commercial fishing area, you probably won't find many tourists at Sandy Hill. Visitors who appreciate the hospitality of locals and native culture will enjoy this charming beach.
Sandy Hill is always a lovely side-trip when you're in the area. Look for it on the East coast of Anguilla. It's located near Old Fort at Sandy Hill, which is one of a number of attractions close-by.
If you want to combine a cultural experience with your visit to the beach, you may want to consider visiting Heritage Museum Collection. It's not far from the shores at Sandy Hill, giving you a chance to see, and learn about, even more of the area.
A selection of nearby activities will ensure that you never run out of ways to stay busy. The attractions closest to this beach are listed in the following table.
|Old Fort at Sandy Hill||Historical Site||0.8 mi.||SSW||Anguilla|
|Art Gallery||2.0 mi.||NW||Anguilla|
|Heritage Museum Collection||Museum||2.0 mi.||NNE||Anguilla|
|Miniature Golf Course||2.4 mi.||N||Anguilla|
|Art Gallery||2.4 mi.||N||Anguilla|
|Art Gallery||2.6 mi.||W||Anguilla|
|Old Factory||Historical Site||2.7 mi.||W||Anguilla|
|The Galleria at World Art and Antiques||Art Gallery||3.0 mi.||W||Anguilla|
|Wallblake House||Museum||3.1 mi.||W||Anguilla|
|Warden's Place||Historical Site||3.5 mi.||W||Anguilla|
|Savannah Gallery||Art Gallery||3.5 mi.||W||Anguilla|
|Old Salt Factory and Pump House||Historical Site||5.5 mi.||W||Anguilla|
Sandy Hill is near the Valley, so you can explore the city after your visit to the beach. the Valley is nearby and is not an overly urbanized area, but still has its fair share of things to do. From Sandy Hill, the Valley is just up the road, about three miles (four and a half kilometers).
Whether this spot is full of bodies or practically empty will depend on how many hotel guests decide to make the trip as well. There aren't many major hotels in the immediate vicinity, but it can attract visitors from the few small lodgings in the area.
Because the beach is located in a pretty popular tourist destination, it is not typically that tough to find a hotel nearby that suits you tastes. If you and your group are looking to book a place that's near the beach, the table below lists the closest accommodations to Sandy Hill.
|Serenity Cottages||2.4 mi.||NNW||Cottages|
|Allamanda Beach Club||2.5 mi.||NNW||Hotel|
|Arawak Beach Inn||2.6 mi.||N||Hotel|
|Ku Hotel||2.7 mi.||NW||Hotel|
|4.9 mi.||SW||B & B|
|Mariners Cliffside Beach Resort||5.8 mi.||WSW||Cottages|
|Ferryboat Inn||6.8 mi.||SW||Hotel|
|Anguilla Great House Beach Resort||7.4 mi.||WSW||Resort|
|CuisinArt Resort & Spa||7.7 mi.||WSW||Resort|
If you visit the beach around lunchtime the area around this beach has plenty to offer, so you won't have to wander too far away. One of the closest places to eat is Le Bon Pain. The restaurant features American cuisine. Visitors often rave about their coffee and pizza.
The table below lists places to eat near this beach.
|Le Bon Pain||(264) 497-4090||American||Very Casual||2.4 mi.||N|
|Falcon's Nest||(264) 772-1127||American||Very Casual||2.4 mi.||N|
|Elite Beach Restaurant and Bar||(264) 498-5178||Caribbean, Italian||Very Casual||2.4 mi.||N|
|Serenity Beach Resort Bar and Restaurant||(264) 497-3328||Caribbean||Informal||2.4 mi.||NNW|
|Smitty's on the Beach||(264) 497-4300||American, Caribbean||--||--||--|
|Gwen's Reggae Grill||(264) 497-2120||Caribbean||Very Casual||2.5 mi.||NNW|
|Zara's||(264) 497-3229||Caribbean, Eclectic||Informal||2.5 mi.||NNW|
|English Rose Restaurant||(264) 497-5353||American, Caribbean||Very Casual||--||--|
|Arawak Cafe||(264) 497-4888||Caribbean||Very Casual||2.6 mi.||N|
|Fat Cat Gourmet to Go||(264) 497-2307||American||Very Casual||2.6 mi.||W|
There are plenty of beautiful beach locations to choose from in Anguilla, so perhaps you can explore more than one.
You may also like Dropsey Bay Beach, a popular beach beloved by tourists. If it's a bit of peace and quiet you're after, Island Harbour is an area secluded from lots of tourists and buildings. You'll find it just a short distance away.
Another location you may want to try is Scilly Cay Beach, located two and a half miles away.
You may find that Sandy Hill is a great fit for your vacation, but maybe you want to see more; in which case there are other beaches (and other outdoor attractions) worth trying.
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