Even in the Caribbean, where beaches rule, Anguilla's beaches are known for being the best of the best. Soft, brilliant-white sands stretch out against clear blue waters. While there are other things to do on the island, spending time in the sand and surf is the number-one reason to come here.
In spite of Anguilla's small size, it boasts more than 30 spectacular beaches. All beaches are open to the public, though some of them can only be accessed by walking through hotels. The most popular beaches can get crowded, but you'll find the majority to be havens of tranquility. Bars and restaurants skirt some of them, so beach-goers can stroll right from lounge chair to dining chair.
The west side is where you'll find many of the island's best beaches, lined by the most expensive resorts. Still, you really can't go wrong anywhere on Anguilla. Whether you're looking for swimming, windsurfing, a quiet retreat, or a wild shore to explore, you can find a suitable beach on any part of the island.
With peaceful waves, many beaches are good for swimming. However, strong currents and dangerous undertows make a few areas too treacherous for a dip in the water. This is especially true near Anguilla's northernmost tip, though rough spots are scattered here and there around the island. But they're still excellent places for picnicking, hiking, or watching the boats go by.
There are an abundance of beaches to consider visiting on the island. Whether you enjoy people watching, or you prefer a quieter stretch of sand, you should find some appealing options. Click on individual beach names for a detailed article concerning that particular beach.
If you enjoy snorkeling, a place worth considering is Sandy Island Beach. Sandy Island Beach stretches along the coast of the small Sandy Island. With not much else here than sand and cabanas, you can expect to feel in paradise.
Another top pick for snorkeling fans is Scilly Cay Beach. The beautiful beach is the backdrop of a classy island bar; and you are likely to hear the music and laughter coming from the patrons. In the other direction, beachgoers will have a fabulous view of the Island Harbour area.
Anguilla's Shoal Bay: 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.
The beaches on Anguilla are summarized below.
|Anguilla's Shoal Bay||3.3 mi. North-Northeast of Central the Valley||North East|
|Barnes Bay||0.8 mi. West-Southwest of Central Meads Bay||South West|
|Blackgarden Bay Beach||1.8 mi. North-Northwest of Central the Valley||North|
|Blowing Point Beach||0.4 mi. South of Central Blowing Point||South|
|Captain's Bay||2.4 mi. Northeast of Central East End||East|
|Corito Bay Beach||1.6 mi. South of Central the Valley||South|
|Cove Bay||0.8 mi. South of Central Meads Bay||South West|
|Crocus Bay||Central Anguilla||South East|
|Dropsey Bay Beach||1.9 mi. South West of Central East End||--|
|Elsie Bay Beach||1.9 mi. South-Southwest of Central the Valley||South|
|Forest Bay North||Forest Bay, Central Anguilla||South East|
|Island Harbour||1.7 mi. North of Central East End||North East|
|Junks Hole||1.3 mi. Northeast of Central East End||East|
|Katouche Bay Beach||North Hill Village, Central Anguilla||North|
|Limestone Bay Beach||Central Anguilla||North|
|Little Bay||Central Anguilla||East|
|Little Harbour||1.2 mi. East of Central Blowing Point||South|
|Maundays Bay Beach||1.2 mi. South-Southwest of Central Meads Bay||South West|
|Meads Bay||0.2 mi. South West of Central Meads Bay||South West|
|Merrywing Bay Beach||1.1 mi. Southeast of Central Meads Bay||South West|
|Mimi Bay||0.7 mi. East-Southeast of Central East End||East|
|Rendezvous Bay||1.3 mi. West of Central Blowing Point||South West|
|Road Bay||1.4 mi. North of Central Blowing Point||South West|
|Sandy Ground Beach||Sandy Ground Village, Central Anguilla||North|
|Sandy Hill||1.0 mi. South West of Central East End||East|
|Sandy Island Beach||2.9 mi. Northwest of Central Blowing Point||West-Southwest|
|Sandy Point Beach||0.5 mi. South of Central Blowing Point||South West|
|Scilly Cay Beach||1.9 mi. North of Central East End||North East|
|Sherricks Bay Beach||0.4 mi. West of Central Shoal Bay West||South West|
|Shoal Bay West||2.0 mi. South West of Central Meads Bay||South West|
|Sile Bay Beach||1.0 mi. East-Northeast of Central East End||South East|
If you are looking for more attractions beyond the category on this page, you can look beyond these choices. Click here to read our article concerning other interesting attractions for Anguilla.
For a fun diversion, some beaches offer water sports. Large hotels often provide equipment to their guests, so if you're staying at one you may be able to get all you need and head right out to the water. Parasailing, water-skiing, paddle-boating, and more await you. Coral reefs teeming with marine life make for magnificent snorkeling and scuba diving. Several old shipwrecks also can be investigated by certified divers. If you're not quite that adventurous, you can still see underwater wonders on a glass bottom boat tour.
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