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.

Positioned near the middle of 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 think about stopping by whether or not you are staying in the vicinity. Many of the beaches in Anguilla are quiet and secluded, but at Sandy Island Beach, you'll find the same sense of serenity, without sacrificing a fun and social atmosphere.

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.

This beach has public restrooms——something you'll appreciate if you spend more than a couple of hours here. You'll also find umbrellas and chairs, so visitors looking for a shaded area to relax will get their wish. Happily, the off-shore waters are clear and good for snorkeling, so purchase or rent some equipment if you're hoping to see what lies beneath the surface.

What's Nearby

Attractions

Sandy Island Beach is always a lovely side-trip when you're in the area. Look for it on Anguilla's West-Southwest coast; it's located near attractions like Cheddie's Carving Studio, which is one of the most conveniently accessible attractions.

If you want to combine some cultural exploration with your trip to the beach, you may want to consider visiting Wallblake House, a lovely museum found four miles away, giving you a chance to see, and learn about, even more of the area.

There are options for close-by activities so you won't run low on things to do. The following table contains a list of the closest attractions.

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 is not heavily urbanized, though it will be a nice day out for those wanting to scope out the local scene. From the beach, Sandy Ground Village is not far away, about two miles (three kilometers).

Hotels

Whether or not you encounter a lot of other visitors 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 vacationers who are staying in the area.

Travelers looking to find a place to stay close to Sandy Island Beach shouldn't find it very difficult, as there are lots of hotels to pick from in the immediate vicinity. You will find the closest and most convenient hotel booking options by looking over what's listed in the following table.

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

If the heat at the beach has you craving a cool cocktail and a bite to eat, you'll have a variety of choices within a few miles. Sandy Island is one of the closest eateries. This restaurant serves both American and Caribbean menu items. When you start to get hungry, you won't need to wait too long to eat since it's just a little ways away.

The following table lists restaurant options near this shoreline.

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

There are plenty of beautiful beach locations to choose from in Anguilla, so if Sandy Island Beach doesn't sound like your type of scene, you have options.

You might also enjoy Sandy Ground Beach, located just a short distance away. Others might prefer Katouche Bay Beach, which offers a few more possibilities for excitement, and is closer to nearby attractions. It's located two and a half miles to the east.

Another option worth considering is Cove Bay, located three miles to the south-southwest. 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.

While the area offers plenty of picturesque views and exciting attractions, taking a swim at Sandy Island Beach is certainly a fun way to enjoy the area's natural attractions.

 

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