The calm waters of Shoal Bay West are excellent for swimming and snorkeling, with coral reefs just off the shore. Occasionally there is a crowd here due to day-trippers from St. Martin, but it's typically a quiet beach.
Located in the western part of Shoal Bay West, 2.0 miles south west of Meads Bay, this beach is on the South West coast of Anguilla. You should consider stopping by whether or not you are staying particularly close by. Active and social travelers might like this beach because of its crowded, urban location. In fact, Shoal Bay West is a favorite of hotel guests in the area, and those who don't mind large groups of people.
This beach is just one of the lovely bay beaches that surround the island of Anguilla and is perhaps one of the less accessible beaches for tourists, unless you're staying at the resorts that line the beachfront.
Shoal Bay West is near the southwestern tip of the island, next to Maunday's Bay. This beach is populated by hotels and resorts and flanked by mangroves and sea grape brush. A walk to the western edge of the beach will reveal a great lookout spot over the water.
There is also a snack bar here. Sometimes, visitors will be able to buy some food from one of the mobile vendors who typically set up at this spot.
Unfortunately, you won't find any public restrooms along this coastline, so if you're visiting with small children you might want to consider a different location. Fortunately, the water here is clear enough for snorkeling, so grab some gear if you want to do some underwater exploration. Shoal Bay West is a secluded beach, so visitors need not worry about huge crowds. It does border popular Maunday's Bay, however, so it's not completely isolated.
Since Shoal Bay West happens to be found inside an area popular for visitors., you'll want to plan accordingly.
Travelers will find Shoal Bay West on the South West coast of Anguilla; it's located near attractions like Devonish Art Gallery, which is one of the closest attractions.
If you're interested in combining a little culture with your trip to the beach, you should plan a trip to Wallblake House. This museum is located seven and a half miles away, giving you a chance to see, and learn about, even more of the area.
With the choice of exciting activities nearby, you'll never run out of ways to stay busy. The attractions closest to this beach are listed in the following table.
|Devonish Art Gallery||Art Gallery||1.1||NE||Anguilla|
|CuisinArt Resort Golf Course||Golf Course||3.1||ENE||Anguilla|
|CuisinArt Resort and Spa Art Gallery||Art Gallery||3.1||ENE||Anguilla|
The town of Blowing Point is close-by and is noted for its balance between seclusion and urbanization. From Shoal Bay West, Blowing Point is just up the road, about four and a half miles (seven and a half kilometers).
Whether this spot is full of bodies or practically empty will depend on many factors, including the capacity of nearby hotels. You can typically expect to see a fair amount of vacationers who are staying in the area.
Visitors will find a fairly wide assortment of hotel and resort options to choose from in the vicinity of Shoal Bay West. The most convenient of which have been listed in the table that follows.
|Covecastles Resort||0.1 mi.||NE||Hotel|
|Cap Juluca||1.3 mi.||E||Resort|
|Viceroy Anguilla||1.4 mi.||NE||Hotel|
|Anacaona Boutique Hotel||1.6 mi.||NE||Hotel|
|Frangipani Beach Resort||1.8 mi.||NE||Resort|
|Turtle's Nest Beach Resort||1.9 mi.||NE||Hotel|
|Paradise Cove Resort||2.1 mi.||E||Hotel|
|Nathan's Cove||2.2 mi.||NE||Hotel|
|Carimar Beach Club||2.3 mi.||NE||Hotel|
|Malliouhana Hotel & Spa||2.5 mi.||NE||Hotel|
If you're on the beach and start to get the munchies, don't worry, you'll have plenty of places to dine, without having to go too far. One of the nearest restaurants is Covecastles Restaurant. This restaurant offers both Caribbean and French dishes on the menu. You'll have the option of walking or taking a cab since it's only a short distance away.
Some nearby restaurant options are provided in the following table.
|Covecastles Restaurant||(800) 223-1108||Caribbean, French||Very Casual||0.1 mi.||NE|
|Trattoria Tramonto & Oasis Beach Bar||(264) 497-8819||Italian||Informal||0.4 mi.||E|
|Mango's||(264) 497-6479||American, Caribbean||Informal||--||--|
|Elodias Beach Bar & Grill||(264) 497-1257||American, Caribbean||Very Casual||--||--|
|Picante||(264) 498-1616||Mexican||Very Casual||--||--|
|Blue Beachfront Bistro||(888) 858-5822||Caribbean, International||Informal||1.3 mi.||E|
|Pimms||(264) 497-6666||Caribbean, European, Fusion||Fine Dining||1.3 mi.||E|
|Spice||(888) 858-5822||Middle Eastern||Fine Dining||1.3 mi.||E|
|Aleta||(264) 497-7000||Caribbean||Fine Dining||1.4 mi.||NE|
|Bamboo Bar & Grill||(264) 497-7000||Caribbean||Very Casual||1.4 mi.||NE|
|The Half Shell||(264) 497-7000||American||Very Casual||1.4 mi.||NE|
|Sunset Lounge||(264) 497-7000||Asian||Informal||1.5 mi.||NE|
Shoal Bay West isn't the only beach worth checking out in Anguilla.
You may also want to try Sherricks Bay Beach, which is home to plenty of activity. You'll find it a few hundred yards to the west. If you'd rather try a more private, less popular location, Maundays Bay Beach could be a good option for you. It is located not far off the beach at all.
You may also enjoy Cove Bay, which is located a mile and a half away. 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.
You may find that Shoal Bay West is a great fit for your vacation, but maybe you want to see more; in which case there are other beaches (and other outdoor attractions) worth trying.
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