Anguilla's Shoal Bay

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Shoal Bay is one of the most popular beaches on Anguilla. Not that any beach here could be called crowded, but you're certain to catch at least a few other people enjoy the sugar sand and crystalline waters of Shoal Bay. Visitors can rent umbrellas, lounge chairs and snorkel equipment or sign up for a glass bottom boat ride. There are also several local shops and vendors.

Positioned in Shoal Bay East, Anguilla's Shoal Bay is on the North East coast of Anguilla. You should consider stopping by even if you aren't staying in the vicinity. You may notice that beaches throughout Anguilla tend to be somewhat quiet, but Anguilla's Shoal Bay is decidedly different.

Amenities and Ambiance

Located on the northeastern side on Anguilla, Shoal Bay is a large beach that is both wide and long. It features easy public access, though parts of the beach are dominated by a resort. Enclosed by coconut and seagrape trees, the beach itself boasts sugary white sand that glows almost pink in the sunset, in fantastic contrast to the blue-green waters lapping the shore.

You'll also discover that there is a restaurant on the shore worth trying. There all types of dining experiences to be had in Anguilla, but eating a delicious meal on the beach can be especially fun. So, you may wish to consider getting pre-packed lunches from your hotel if they offer them. Or, on your way to the beach you could grab some carry-out from a casual dining spot.

The concession stand at this spot is also an option. Depending on the season and time of day, you may also be able to buy food from one of the local vendors who set up shop at the beach.

Please note that public restrooms are not available, though you may be able to use the facilities at a nearby business. The water here is clear enough for snorkeling, so grab some gear if you're looking to see some exciting marine life.

Since Anguilla's Shoal Bay will be located in an active, busy area, you might need to hunt to get a spot!

What's Nearby


This beach is positioned on the North East coast of Anguilla. It's located near ALAK Art Gallery, which is one of a few attractions in the region.

Beaches and museums may seem an unlikely combination to some, but some visitors find that museums like Heritage Museum Collection (one of the closest to Anguilla's Shoal Bay) offer a fun learning experience and a whole new way to view Anguilla's traditions and culture.

If your taste for travel keeps you looking for new activity and attraction options, the beach is located near the attractions in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Anguilla's Shoal Bay
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
ALAK Art Gallery Art Gallery 1.0 mi. S Anguilla
Anchor Miniature Golf Miniature Golf Course 1.4 mi. E Anguilla
Art Cafe Art Gallery 1.6 mi. E Anguilla
Heritage Museum Collection Museum 2.2 mi. E Anguilla
Anguilla Arts and Crafts Shop Art Gallery 2.8 mi. SSW Anguilla
Old Factory Historical Site 3.1 mi. SSW Anguilla
Old Fort at Sandy Hill Historical Site 3.2 mi. SSE Anguilla
Savannah Gallery Art Gallery 3.3 mi. SW Anguilla
Warden's Place Historical Site 3.4 mi. SW Anguilla
Loblolly Gallery Art Gallery 3.6 mi. SW Anguilla
Wallblake House Museum 3.6 mi. SSW Anguilla
Old Salt Factory and Pump House Historical Site 5.4 mi. SW Anguilla

Cities and Towns

Anguilla's Shoal Bay is very close to the Valley, so a trip into the city is a definite option. The nearby town of the Valley is not an overly urbanized area, but still has its fair share of things to do. From the shore, the Valley is not far away, maybe three and a half miles (five and a half kilometers).


The number of other people sharing spots in the sand can vary widely, it depends on several things: the season, the weather, even how many hotel rooms have been booked nearby. The area is not home to many major hotels, but it can attract guests staying at smaller accommodations in the area.

Since the beach is located in a pretty popular tourist area, it shouldn't be that tough to find just the right kind of hotel close-by. For vacationers looking to book a place that's near the water, the table below lists the accommodations closest to Anguilla's Shoal Bay.

Accommodations near Anguilla's Shoal Bay
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Ku Hotel 0.2 mi. SW Hotel
Allamanda Beach Club 0.2 mi. ESE Hotel
Serenity Cottages 0.3 mi. ESE Cottages
Arawak Beach Inn 1.6 mi. E Hotel
Lloyd's Bed and Breakfast 3.5 mi. SW B & B
Las Esquinas 5.7 mi. SSW B & B
Mariners Cliffside Beach Resort 5.9 mi. SW Cottages
La Vue Boutique Inn 6.1 mi. SW Hotel
Ferryboat Inn 7.4 mi. SW Hotel
Rendezvous Bay Hotel & Villas 7.5 mi. SW Hotel


Because restaurants near the beach catch the freshest seafood and the balmiest breezes, don't miss your chance to try a local restaurant, where you can sample the local chefs' favorite dishes, within a reachable distance. One of the closest restaurants is Madeariman Beach Bar and Restaurant. This restaurant serves delicious French cuisine. When you start to get hungry, you won't need to wait too long to eat since it's only a short distance away.

The table below provides a list of restaurants closest to this beach.

Restaurants near Anguilla's Shoal Bay
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Madeariman Beach Bar and Restaurant (264) 497-5750 French -- 0.2 mi. SW
Gwen's Reggae Grill (264) 497-2120 Caribbean Very Casual 0.2 mi. ESE
Zara's (264) 497-3229 Caribbean, Eclectic Informal 0.2 mi. ESE
Serenity Beach Resort Bar and Restaurant (264) 497-3328 Caribbean Informal 0.3 mi. ESE
Tropical Sunset Beach Bar and Restaurant (264) 497-6076 Caribbean Very Casual 0.4 mi. SW
Uncle Earnie's Beach Bar (264) 497-3907 American Very Casual 0.5 mi. SW
20 Knots (264) 584-0001 Caribbean, Latin American -- 0.6 mi. WSW
Stone (264) 584-0001 Asian, Caribbean -- 0.6 mi. WSW
Le Bon Pain (264) 497-4090 American Very Casual 1.3 mi. E
Island Pub (264) 497-4244 Pub -- -- --
Smitty's on the Beach (264) 497-4300 American, Caribbean -- -- --
Arawak Cafe (264) 497-4888 Caribbean Very Casual 1.6 mi. E

Other Beaches

Anguilla's Shoal Bay isn't the only beach worth checking out in Anguilla.

You may also want to try Junks Hole, which is in a pretty active location. You'll find it three miles to the east. If you're looking for something a little more private, you might enjoy Island Harbour. It is located just a short distance away.

You might also want to visit Scilly Cay Beach, located a mile and a half away.

While the area offers plenty of picturesque views and exciting attractions, Anguilla's Shoal Bay is both a relaxing, sunny hangout and a stunning natural feature.


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