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.

Situated on the northeastern edge of Shoal Bay East, Anguilla's Shoal Bay is on the North East coast of Anguilla. You might think about stopping by regardless of whether you're staying particularly close by. Those of you who might prefer a beach that's a little less crowded, but still fun and active, may find that Anguilla's Shoal Bay is just the right spot. Generally, it's not an overly popular part of the coast, but it's not totally secluded either.

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 could always try the restaurant right on the water, if it suits your taste. Anguilla has so many interesting places to sit and enjoy a meal, but don't think that tables, chairs, and waiters are prerequisites for a great meal. Some vacationers would sooner enjoy lunch on the sand, than lunch at a full-service restaurant. With this in mind, you might ask your hotel if they offer to pack picnic lunches for their guests. Otherwise, you could easily grab some of Anguilla's famous street food along the way.

If you're suddenly hungry or thirsty, the concession stand at Anguilla's Shoal Bay is the ultimate convenience. Sometimes, visitors will be able to purchase food from one of the mobile vendors who set up shop at the beach.

Unfortunately, you won't find any public restrooms along this coastline, so those of you traveling with small children may want to consider another spot. Happily, the off-shore waters are fit for snorkeling, so bring your gear if you've been hoping to get in some underwater exploration.

You should remember that Anguilla's Shoal Bay is in an area which is a bustling area, so plan accordingly.

What's Nearby


Visitors will find this beach on Anguilla's North East coast. It is close to ALAK Art Gallery, which is among the favorite local destinations.

Historical attractions like Old Factory offer a wonderful compliment to the scenery of Anguilla's Shoal Bay, plus they allow vacationers to learn more about Anguilla, without straying too far from the coastline.

If you're looking for plenty of activities to keep you or your family busy, you'll find the closest ones 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

the Valley is the closest town and is not an overly urbanized area, but still has its fair share of things to do. From the coast, the Valley is not far away, roughly three and a half miles (five and a half kilometers).


The mood here——social and lively, or virtually empty—— will be influenced by everything from the time of day to the capacity of nearby hotels. The area does not have very many large hotels, but you may meet guests staying at smaller lodgings in the area.

Travelers looking for a place to stay not far from the beach are in luck, as there is no shortage of resorts and hotels to pick from in the vicinity. You can find the closest booking options by perusing those shown in the table below.

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


If you need to grab a bite to eat around midday, you'll have some great cuisine to choose from, and you don't have to go far from the sea. One of the closest places to eat is Madeariman Beach Bar and Restaurant. The restaurant has a menu featuring French cuisine. Some guests will choose to take a cab here, while others will want to walk as it's just a short distance away.

The following table provides a list of dining options located near 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

Of course, you'll find other beaches besides Anguilla's Shoal Bay in Anguilla.

If the vibrant atmosphere of Anguilla's Shoal Bay is what you're looking for, you'll want to consider heading to Junks Hole, a beach with a similar ambiance. It is located three miles to the east. If you're looking for something a little more private, Island Harbour could be a good option for you. It is located just a little ways away.

Another option worth considering is Scilly Cay Beach, which is located a mile and a half to the east.

Anguilla has some unforgettable natural wonders to explore, and paying a visit to Anguilla's Shoal Bay is just one way you can spend your afternoon.


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