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 on the island of Anguilla, 2.9 miles northwest of Blowing Point, Sandy Island Beach is on the West-Southwest coast of the island, You should consider dropping by whether or not you're staying very close. Sandy Island Beach stands out from other beaches because it's the ideal location for escaping the hustle of Anguilla's urban areas. Most other beaches in Anguilla may be just as pretty, but are usually more crowded because they're frequented by tourists looking for a lively scene.

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.

There are public restrooms at this beach——something you'll appreciate if you bring the kids along. It's also good to know that you will have access to chairs and umbrellas here, so guests hoping for relief from the sultry island sun will not go leave unhappy. The water here is fit for snorkeling, so purchase or rent some equipment if you're wanting to check out the underwater sites.

What's Nearby

Attractions

Sandy Island Beach is on Anguilla's West-Southwest coast. Old Salt Factory and Pump House is not far from away. Some will choose to walk here, while others will want to take a taxi, and it is one of a few attractions close-by.

If you're interested in combining a cultural experience with your visit to the beach, you might want to consider visiting Wallblake House. This museum is located easily within the range of a cab, giving you a chance to see, and learn about, even more of the area.

Being able to choose from some activities besides the beach will ensure you won't run out of ways to stay busy. The closest attractions are found in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Sandy Island Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Old Salt Factory and Pump House Historical Site 1.9 mi. ESE Anguilla
L Bernbaum Art Gallery Art Gallery 2.0 mi. ESE Anguilla
Cheddie's Carving Studio Art Gallery 2.2 mi. SSW Anguilla
CuisinArt Resort Golf Course Golf Course 2.3 mi. S Anguilla
Anguilla Tennis Academy Tennis Club 2.5 mi. SE Anguilla
Dolphin Discovery Dolphin Encounter Service 3.2 mi. SSE Anguilla
Devonish Art Gallery Art Gallery 3.4 mi. SW Anguilla
Savannah Gallery Art Gallery 3.7 mi. E Anguilla
Loblolly Gallery Art Gallery 3.7 mi. E Anguilla
Warden's Place Historical Site 3.7 mi. E Anguilla
Wallblake House Museum 4.1 mi. E Anguilla
Old Factory Historical Site 4.5 mi. E Anguilla

Cities and Towns

Sandy Island Beach is near Sandy Ground Village, so exploring the city is a convenient option. The closest town to Sandy Island Beach is Sandy Ground Village, which is not overly developed, and it makes for a nice, quiet day trip for those wishing to get a better feel for the area. From the shore, Sandy Ground Village is a quick trip away, about two miles (three kilometers).

Hotels

How many other people you encounter at Sandy Island Beach will depend on if you visit during a popular season, which is often indicated by how busy the hotels are. You can generally expect to encounter quite a few travelers staying at the closest accommodations.

Since this beach is situated in a pretty popular tourist destination, it is not usually that tough to find a hotel nearby that suits your needs. For vacationers hoping to get a place that's on or near the ocean, the following table shows the closest options to Sandy Island Beach.

Accommodations near Sandy Island Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Villas at Long Bay 1.6 mi. SSW Villa complex
Quintessence Hotel 1.7 mi. SW Hotel
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
La Residence 2.0 mi. SE Villa complex
Twin Palms Villas 2.1 mi. SSW Villa complex
Carimar Beach Club 2.1 mi. SW Hotel
Nathan's Cove 2.2 mi. SW Hotel
CuisinArt Resort & Spa 2.3 mi. S Resort

Food

Don't worry if your stomach starts rumbling while sunbathing at Sandy Island Beach; there are lots of nearby options when it comes to dining. Sandy Island is one of the closest eateries. This restaurant has both American and Caribbean cuisines. You and your group can get to this restaurant and start eating in just a few minutes since it's only a short distance away.

The following table lists restaurants closest to this beach.

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
Julian's Restaurant (264) 498-8106 Caribbean, French, Vegetarian Fine Dining 1.7 mi. SW
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
Flavours (264) 583-6634 American, Caribbean Informal 2.0 mi. SE
Ripples (264) 497-3380 Caribbean, Eclectic -- -- --
Cafe Celeste (877) 733-3611 Mediterranean Informal 2.0 mi. SW

Other Beaches

Travelers searching for the perfect beach in Anguilla will have lots of options besides Sandy Island Beach.

If you like the ambiance at this beach, you might also like Sandy Ground Beach, found only a short distance away. However, if that's not exactly what you're looking for, Katouche Bay Beach offers more action, and is closer to other tourist hot-spots. It's located two and a half miles to the east.

Another option worth considering is Cove Bay, which is located three miles away. 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.

Maybe Sandy Island Beach is a perfect spot for you to kick back, and at the same time perhaps not the the ideal fit; in which case you should keep looking for a beach or natural attraction that suits your vacation style.

 

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