There’s nothing quite so relaxing as a day at one of the finest beaches in the world: nothing can match the feel of the purest white sand on your feet, and the view of the magnificent blue sea stretching out in front of you. Grab a nice cool drink, set your towel down, and relax. Unbeatable.

Anguillan beaches are the best in the world. Fortunately, you don’t have to take my word for it: The Discovery Channel ranked Anguilla top of the pile for the world’s best beaches back in 2005, and they do a lot of travelling. There are so many quality beaches on the island that it would be quite possible to spend a good month visiting them all without ever feeling the need to do anything else. Whilst you can simply throw a dart at a map of Anguilla and find a good beach, those who do want a bit of helping picking out the best should keep on reading. Here are the beaches I consider to be the finest on the island:

 

Shoal Bay East

Even amongst the local Anguillans (who know a thing or two about beaches), Shoal Bay East is considered to be something special. Literally everything you could possibly want from a beach can be found on this mile-long stretch of silk-soft sand. Looking to relax with a beer or two? There are more bars and restaurants than you can shake a stick at. Want to explore the deep blue of the water? Join in one of the many local snorkelling sessions, or take a trip out on a glass bottom boat. Want to enjoy some classic tunes? Visit the beach on a Sunday, where many local bands ply their trade. Appearing in the top 25 Traveller’s Choice beaches of 2013, Shoal Bay remains a ‘must-see’ attraction.

Shoal Bay East

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Sandy Ground

You know that a beach is going to be good when it’s the one that the locals choose to celebrate on. Whether it’s the big parties at the end of the August boat-race or the weekly beach bacchanal, Sandy Ground is without doubt the place to go when you want to let your hair down. Food and drink can be found in some of the outstanding local eateries such as Johnno’s (whose lobster salad sandwiches are nice enough that you’ll probably put on a stone eating them during a week-long stay) or the wide variety of barbecue stands that take the place over on Fridays. Needless to say, there are also plenty of bars willing to supply you with glorious cocktails as you get your groove on. (But obviously don’t say you’re getting your groove on: no-one likes that guy).

Sandy Ground

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Mead’s Bay

It says something of the quality of Anguilla’s beaches that a place like Mead’s bay isn’t simply drooled over by every single tourist visiting the island. Fortunately, anyone clever can use this under-rating to their advantage, and visit Mead’s bay in relative peace before the thousands of tourists who flock to Shoal Bay realise how great it is. Like Shoal, Mead’s is a good mile-plus stretch of stunning golden sand and deep blue sea, and offers everything you could possible want from a day in the sun. Also, anyone seeking to have a nice meal should check out the Blanchard’s Restaurant, whose gourmet food will double that stone you put on eating lobster salad sandwiches at Johnno’s.

Mead’s Bay

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Rendezvous Bay

Perhaps the second most renowned stretch of sand on Anguilla, Rendezvous Bay is as romantic and stylish as the name suggests. At a substantial two and a half miles long, it’s just about perfect for taking a hand-in-hand evening stroll with your partner, before retiring to the Dune Preserve – the charming beach bar halfway along the beach – for a few nice cool drinks.  Rendezvous’ beautiful waters are perfect for a relaxing afternoon swim, too. The ideal beach for a loved-up couple who want to avoid the manic tourism of the resorts.

Rendezvous Bay

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Little Bay

Substantially more low-key than the other beaches on this list, Little Bay is an absolute goldmine for those who love to view the local wildlife. Though there isn’t a huge amount of space for sunbathing (though what tan sand is there is still stunning), there are plenty of opportunities for spotting pelicans, baitfish and even goats nearby (the goats are on the cliffs above, obviously: not in the sea!). What’s more, the snorkelling off the beach is about as good as you’ll find in the whole of Anguilla: only the offshore reefs (which you’ll need to take a boat to go and see) can beat it.

Whilst we’ve highlighted the above beaches as being standouts, there are a fair few more on the list that are still worth seeing: Long & Barnes bay both feature some outstanding restaurants, and Shoal Bay West (whilst not offering the same glamour of its twin) offers some great snorkelling for those willing to accept the relative lack of public facilities.

So there you have it: some of the finest bays in Anguilla, from a man who’s made it his life’s ambition to take them all in!

This article was written by Zemi Beach a collection of Anguilla Residences on Shoal Bay East.

Written by lynx2travel

1 Comment

Ian

I Love Anguilla! it has to be one of my favourite Caribbean islands… the people are friendly, the food is fantastic and its so peaceful and quiet you feel you have the whole island to yourself. Love it!

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