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 might think about stopping by even if you aren't staying in the vicinity. Though planning a vacation means you'll make lots of choices, choosing a suitable beach may be one of the more important things you do. Anguilla's Shoal Bay is one of many fun beaches in Anguilla to consider.

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 trying local cusine right on the beach can be especially enjoyable. Did you know that some hotels are happy to pack picnic lunches for their guests? Or, it would be easy to grab some hot food from a street vendor or casual cafe along the way.

The concession stand at this spot is also an option. Depending on the season and time of day, you may also be able to order lunch from one of the local vendors who are typically found at this location.

Unfortunately, restrooms will not be available here, which is something to consider if you're bringing the kids, or plan to spend all day outside. The water here is clear enough for snorkeling, so bring your equipment if you want to do some underwater exploration.

Since Anguilla's Shoal Bay happens to be located within a popular area that can get crowded, you might need to hunt to get a spot!

What's Nearby


Travelers will find Anguilla's Shoal Bay on the North East coast of Anguilla. It's located near ALAK Art Gallery, which is one of a few popular spots in the area.

If you want to mix a cultural experience with your visit to the beach, you should consider a trip to Heritage Museum Collection, one of the closest museums, so it would be an easy side trip to take after the beach.

Beaches are nice for a few hours here and there, but there's plenty else to see during your stay. The following table contains attractions that are the closest.

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
The Galleria at World Art and Antiques Art Gallery 3.2 mi. SW 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
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 close to the Valley, so exploring the city is a convenient option. Not far away you'll find the Valley, a city which is a neat region that strikes a balance between island tranquility and urbanization. From the coast, the Valley isn't far off, maybe three and a half miles (five and a half kilometers).


The crowdedness of the shoreline can vary widely, it depends on several things: the season, the weather, even how packed the nearby hotels are. There aren't many major hotels nearby, but you may encounter guests staying at some of the area's smaller options.

Because the beach is situated in a pretty popular vacation spot, it shouldn't be a great challenge to find the kind of hotel you're looking for nearby. If you are looking to get a place that's on or near the water, the table below lists the accommodation options closest to Anguilla's Shoal Bay.

Accommodations near Anguilla's Shoal Bay
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Ku Hotel 0.2 SW Hotel
Allamanda Beach Club 0.2 ESE Hotel
Serenity Cottages 0.3 ESE Cottages


If you're looking for a place to eat after, or even during, your visit to the beach, you'll have plenty of places to dine, without having to go too far. One of the closest places to eat is Madeariman Beach Bar and Restaurant. The restaurant serves French cuisine. You and your group can get to this restaurant and start eating in just a few minutes as it's only a short distance away.

Nearby dining options are shown in the table below.

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
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
Scilly Cay (264) 497-5123 Caribbean Very Casual 1.8 mi. E
Elite Beach Restaurant and Bar (264) 498-5178 Caribbean, Italian Very Casual 1.8 mi. E

Other Beaches

Of course, there are lots of other spots along the coast of Anguilla, so Anguilla's Shoal Bay is not your only option.

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

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

You may find that Anguilla's Shoal Bay is a great fit for your vacation, but maybe you want to see more; in which case you should find a beach with a seclusion factor that suits you.


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