Sandy Island Beach

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Barbecues, cabanas, cold drinks and the sun are what defines Sandy Island Beach. While the island was once known only to a few lucky travelers, the addition of some low impact tourist development has made this into a must do for guests who can make their way here.

Located toward the center of the island of Anguilla, 2.9 miles northwest of Blowing Point, Sandy Island Beach is on the West-Southwest edge of the island, You might want to drop by even if you aren't staying very close. Travelers looking for a spot that's a little out of the way, but still active, may want to give Sandy Island Beach a try. It's a little bit removed from Anguilla's urban areas, but it's not quiet or boring either.

How to Access The Beach
There is only one way to reach Sandy Island, and that is by boat.

Amenities and Ambiance

Sandy Island Beach stretches along the coast of the small Sandy Island. With not much else here than sand and cabanas, you can expect to feel in paradise. As for other tourist, Sandy Island can get a little crowded (relative to its small size) but is nearly empty during storm seasons, as the cabanas have actually flown away in the past.

Yes, there are public restrooms at Sandy Island Beach. You will also be pleased to find chairs and umbrellas here, so guests seeking a shaded area to relax will get their wish. You'll find the waters off-shore to be fit for snorkeling, so grab your equipment if you're wanting to check out the underwater sites.

What's Nearby

Attractions

You'll find this beach on Anguilla's West-Southwest coast; this area boasts other attractions such as Cheddie's Carving Studio, which is one of the closest attractions to visit.

If you're interested in mixing some cultural exploration with your trip to the beach, you should consider a trip to Wallblake House. This museum is located a short cab ride away, so it could be a welcomed alternative to hot afternoon activities.

If you're looking for other nearby attractions or activity options, you'll find the closest ones in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Sandy Island Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Cheddie's Carving Studio Art Gallery 1.6 mi. SSW Anguilla
Bartlett's Collection Art Gallery 1.9 mi. ESE Anguilla
Pineapple Gallery Art Gallery 1.9 mi. ESE Anguilla
Old Salt Factory and Pump House Historical Site 1.9 mi. ESE Anguilla
CuisinArt Resort Golf Course Golf Course 2.3 mi. S Anguilla
Anguilla Tennis Academy Tennis Club 2.9 mi. SE Anguilla
The Anguilla Aqua Park Attraction 3.0 mi. S Anguilla
Dolphin Discovery Attraction 3.2 mi. SSE Anguilla
Devonish Art Gallery Art Gallery 3.4 mi. SW Anguilla
Loblolly Gallery Art Gallery 3.6 mi. E Anguilla
Savannah Gallery Art Gallery 3.7 mi. E Anguilla
Warden's Place Historical Site 3.7 mi. E Anguilla

Cities and Towns

Cities near Sandy Island Beach include Sandy Ground Village, which isn't a congested area, and it will be a pleasant day trip for guests who want to see more of the area. From Sandy Island Beach, Sandy Ground Village is a quick trip away, about two miles (three kilometers).

Hotels

The mood here——social and lively, or virtually empty—— will vary depending on the time of day, particularly in the high season when hotels overflow with tourists. You can generally expect to see a fair amount of travelers staying at the closest accommodations.

Those looking to find a place to stay close to the beach should find themselves in luck, as there are lots of hotels to pick from in the surrounding area. Find the closest, most convenient lodging options by looking over what's shown in the table that follows.

Accommodations near Sandy Island Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
La Vue Boutique Inn 2.0 mi. SE Hotel
Malliouhana, an Auberge Resort 2.0 mi. SW Hotel
Mariners Cliffside Beach Resort 2.0 mi. SE Cottages
Carimar Beach Club 2.1 mi. SW Hotel
Nathan's Cove 2.2 mi. SW Hotel
CuisinArt Resort & Spa 2.3 mi. S Resort
The Reef 2.3 mi. S Hotel
Anguilla Great House Beach Resort 2.3 mi. S Resort
Turtle's Nest Beach Resort 2.6 mi. SW Hotel
Rendezvous Bay Hotel & Villas 2.6 mi. SSE Hotel

Food

When you get hungry for an afternoon snack, the area around this beach has plenty to offer, and you don't have to go far from these sands. One of the nearest places to eat is Sandy Island. The restaurant offers both American and Caribbean menu items. You and your group can get to this restaurant and start eating in just a few minutes as it's not far off the beach at all.

Nearby dining options are listed below.

Restaurants near Sandy Island Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Sandy Island (264) 476-6534 American, Caribbean Informal 0.1 mi. NW
Oliver's Seaside Grill (264) 497-8780 Caribbean, Continental Informal 1.6 mi. SSW
De Cuisine (264) 584-3431 Caribbean, European Fine Dining 1.8 mi. SSE
Cha Cha San (264) 583-1988 Pan Asian / Pacific Rim Informal 1.8 mi. SSE
A Burger (264) 497-3535 American Very Casual 1.8 mi. SSE
Dolce Vita Italian Beach Restaurant And Bar (264) 497-8668 Italian Very Casual 1.9 mi. ESE
Bonjour Café (264) 461-3200 Caribbean, French Very Casual -- --
Johnno's Beach Stop (264) 497-2728 American Very Casual -- --
Dad's Bar & Grill (264) 581-3237 Caribbean Very Casual 1.9 mi. ESE
The Pumphouse (264) 497-5154 American Informal 1.9 mi. ESE
SandBar (264) 498-0171 Caribbean Very Casual 2.0 mi. ESE
Ripples (264) 497-3380 Caribbean, Eclectic -- -- --

Other Beaches

Of course, Sandy Island Beach is just one of many beaches you might like in Anguilla.

Travelers who like this beach might also enjoy Sandy Ground Beach, located just a short distance away. If you're looking for a more active beach scene, Katouche Bay Beach may be just what you're looking for. It's found two and a half miles to the east.

You might also want to visit Cove Bay, located not too far away, which means a quick cab ride can take you where you want to go. Popular but calm, Cove Bay is the perfect combination of elements for lazy days in the Caribbean. Sunning and swimming are the main activities, as the surf is not quite right for water sports.

Of course, there are lots of other things to do and see in Anguilla; then again, Sandy Island Beach is both a relaxing, sunny hangout and a stunning natural feature.

 

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