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.

Located in Shoal Bay East, Anguilla's Shoal Bay is on the North East coast of Anguilla. You should consider stopping by even if you are not staying particularly close by. Travelers looking for a spot that's a little out of the way, but still active, should pay a visit to Anguilla's Shoal Bay. Generally, it's not an overly popular part of the coast, but it's also not completely secluded.

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. Anguilla has so many interesting places to sit and enjoy a meal, but don't think that table-side service and a lengthy menu are necessary to enjoy a tasty meal. Some visitors, in fact, like having lunch very close-by. Ask your hotel about picnic lunches, as some hotels offer to pack snacks for their guests' day trips. Or, you could find just what you need from cafes and street vendors en route to the beach.

If you're suddenly hungry or thirsty, the concession stand at Anguilla's Shoal Bay is the ultimate convenience. You may also have the option to order lunch from one of the mobile vendors who typically set up at this spot.

Unfortunately, you won't find any public restrooms along this coastline, though you may be able to use the facilities at a nearby business. You will find the water here is clear and good for snorkeling, so bring your equipment if you're looking to see what goes on beneath the surface.

Since Anguilla's Shoal Bay can be found in a relatively urbanized region, you might need to hunt to get a spot!

What's Nearby

Attractions

This spot is on Anguilla's North East coast. It is near Heritage Collection Museum, which is one of the attractions in the region.

If you want to discover more interesting facts about the history of Anguilla, there are plenty of places where you can learn first-hand about the country's past. One attraction of this sort is Old Factory, which is one of the places of historical interest accessible from Anguilla's Shoal Bay.

With a selection of nearby activities, you'll never run out of ways to stay busy. Attractions close to this beach can be found in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Anguilla's Shoal Bay
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Heritage Collection Museum Museum 2.2 mi. E 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
Loblolly Gallery Art Gallery 3.3 mi. SW Anguilla
Warden's Place Historical Site 3.4 mi. SW Anguilla
Wallblake House Museum 3.6 mi. SSW Anguilla
Old Salt Factory and Pump House Historical Site 5.4 mi. SW Anguilla
L Bernbaum Art Gallery Art Gallery 5.6 mi. SW Anguilla
Anguilla Tennis Academy Tennis Club 6.6 mi. SW Anguilla
Dolphin Discovery Dolphin Encounter Service 7.4 mi. SW Anguilla
CuisinArt Resort Golf Course Golf Course 7.9 mi. SW Anguilla

Cities and Towns

Anguilla's Shoal Bay is very close to the Valley, so you can explore the city after your visit to the beach. The closest town is the Valley, which is in an area with plenty of worthwhile sites, while still remaining less developed and congested as some other places. From Anguilla's Shoal Bay, the Valley is a fairly short distance away, about three and a half miles (five and a half kilometers).

Hotels

The number of other vacationers sharing this coastline can vary widely, it depends on many factors: the time of sundown, happy hour, even how packed the nearby hotels are. The area is not home to many major hotels, but you may encounter guests staying at smaller accommodations in the area.

Because this beach is in a relatively touristed area, it typically isn't much of a challenge to find a hotel close-by that suits your needs. If you are hoping to get a place that's near the water, the following table lists the closest accommodation options to Anguilla's Shoal Bay.

Accommodations near Anguilla's Shoal Bay
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Shoal Bay Villas 0.1 mi. SW Villa complex
The Manoah 0.1 mi. SW Hotel
Ku Hotel 0.2 mi. SW Hotel
Allamanda Beach Club 0.2 mi. ESE Hotel
Serenity Cottages 0.3 mi. ESE Cottages
Zemi Beach House Resort & Spa 0.6 mi. SW Villa complex
Arawak Beach Inn 1.6 mi. E Hotel
Ani Villas 3.2 mi. SW Villa complex
CéBlue Villas & Beach Resort 3.4 mi. SW Villa complex
Lloyd's Bed and Breakfast 3.5 mi. SW B & B

Food

A trip to the beach isn't complete until you eat at a nearby restaurant, where you can dive into Anguilla's specialty dishes, without straying too far from your current location. One of the closest places to eat is Madeariman Beach Bar and Restaurant. The restaurant offers both Caribbean and French cuisines. They also specialize in seafood. Some guests will choose to take a cab here, while others will want to walk since it's only a short distance away.

Nearby restaurant options are listed below.

Restaurants near Anguilla's Shoal Bay
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Madeariman Beach Bar and Restaurant (264) 497-5750 Caribbean, French, Vegetarian Very Casual 0.2 mi. SW
Gwen's Reggae Grill (264) 497-2120 Caribbean Very Casual 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
Le Bon Pain (264) 497-4090 American Very Casual 1.3 mi. E
Smitty's on the Beach (264) 497-4300 American, Caribbean -- -- --
Arawak Cafe (264) 497-4888 Caribbean Very Casual 1.6 mi. E
Elite Beach Restaurant and Bar (264) 498-5178 Caribbean, Italian Very Casual 1.8 mi. E
Falcon's Nest (264) 772-1127 American Very Casual 1.8 mi. E
The Lime Keel House (264) 583-4613 Caribbean Very Casual 2.2 mi. E
Hibernia Restaurant and Art Gallery (264) 497-4290 Asian, Eclectic, French Informal 2.3 mi. E

Other Beaches

Travelers looking for a beach that's right for them in Anguilla will have lots of options besides Anguilla's Shoal Bay.

If the vibrant atmosphere of Anguilla's Shoal Bay has you wanting more of the same, you'll want to consider also visiting Junks Hole, another location where you'll find fun and action. It is located three miles to the east. If it's a bit of peace and quiet you're after, Island Harbour is an area removed from some more heavily-traveled spots. It is located not far off the beach at all.

Travelers may also want to consider Scilly Cay Beach, which is located only a short distance away.

Maybe Anguilla's Shoal Bay is a perfect spot for you to kick back, and at the same time perhaps not the the ideal fit; if so, Anguilla offers a variety of beaches for travelers who wish to try elsewhere.

 

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