Shoal Bay West

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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.

Set in Shoal Bay West, 2.0 miles south west of Meads Bay, this beach is on the South West edge of Anguilla. You might want whether or not you are staying particularly close by. Although Shoal Bay West is not the most hidden spot in Anguilla, it offers just the right amount of privacy and atmosphere to attract small crowds.

How to Access The Beach
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.

Amenities and Ambiance

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.

The snack bar located at this spot is perfect for quick lunches and cold drinks, too. Depending on the season and time of day, you may also be able to get lunch from one of the local vendors who operate at or near this spot.

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. The water in the area is clear enough for snorkeling, so bring along some gear if you're looking to see some exciting marine life. 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.

You should remember that the immediate vicinity around Shoal Bay West is a bustling area, so make sure to get a spot!

What's Nearby

Attractions

Visitors will find this beach on the South West coast of Anguilla; this area boasts other attractions such as Devonish Art Gallery, which is one of the closest attractions to visit.

If you're interested in combining culture with your visit to the beach, you may want to consider visiting Wallblake House, a lovely museum found within taxi range, and might make a nice break from the midday sun.

If your taste for travel keeps you looking for new activity and attraction options, you'll find the closest ones in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Shoal Bay West
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Devonish Art Gallery Art Gallery 1.1 NE Anguilla
The Anguilla Aqua Park Attraction 2.1 E Anguilla
Cheddie's Carving Studio Art Gallery 3.0 NE Anguilla
CuisinArt Resort Golf Course Golf Course 3.1 ENE Anguilla
Dolphin Discovery Attraction 4.3 E Anguilla

Cities and Towns

Not far away you'll find Blowing Point, a town which is noted for its balance between seclusion and urbanization. From the beach, Blowing Point is not far away, about four and a half miles (seven and a half kilometers).

Hotels

The number of other vacationers sharing this coastline can vary widely, depending on time of day, season, and how many of the nearby hotel rooms have been booked. Typically, you can expect to encounter quite a few other guests who are staying close by.

Since this beach is in a fairly popular vacation spot, it typically isn't that tough to find a hotel nearby that suits you tastes. If you're looking to find a place that's near the ocean, the table below lists the options closest to Shoal Bay West.

Accommodations near Shoal Bay West
Hotel Distance Direction Type
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, an Auberge Resort 2.5 mi. NE Hotel

Food

When you start craving an afternoon snack, this beach has you covered, so there's no need to go too far away. One of the closest restaurants is Covecastles Restaurant. This restaurant offers both Caribbean and French dishes on the menu. You and your group can get to this restaurant and start eating in just a few minutes since it's just a little ways away.

A few nearby dining options are provided in the following table.

Restaurants near Shoal Bay West
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
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) 333-8057 Caribbean Fine Dining 1.4 mi. NE
Bamboo Bar & Grill (264) 333-8057 Caribbean Very Casual 1.4 mi. NE
The Half Shell (264) 333-8057 Mediterranean Very Casual 1.4 mi. NE
Sunset Lounge (264) 333-8057 Asian Informal 1.5 mi. NE

Other Beaches

Anguilla has many nice beaches, so perhaps you can explore more than one.

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're looking for a more secluded beach experience, Maundays Bay Beach may be a good choice. You'll find it just a little ways away.

Another sun-drenched spot to consider is Cove Bay, located within a couple of miles. 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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