Anguilla is world famous for its white sand beaches and rocky coves. Celebrities and tourists alike come to Anguilla to soak up the sun and relax on Instagram-perfect beaches. The island is only 16-miles long, so you can explore most of its 33 beaches in a day. If you’re short on time, here are our recommendations for the island’s top beaches. Don’t forget to pack a picnic when you set out from your luxury Anguilla villas, ready for a day of sun, sea, and sand.
Shoal Bay is the most popular beach on Anguilla. It has been slightly remodelled in the wake of Hurricane Irma, and thanks to all the extra sand, you can now walk all the way around the point. Shoal Bay has hotels and restaurants along the beach, so you can leave your picnic at home. The combination of sugary white sand and clear turquoise water makes this beach a much-prized backdrop for social media. It’s the best place to do some snorkelling and sunbathing, followed by a drink from one of the many bars.
Cap Juluca, one of the best-known resort hotels, is located on Maundays Bay for good reason— the setting is absolutely stunning. Visitors can access the beach via a gate adjacent to the hotel. This stretch of sand is perfect, the water is crystal clear, and the bay is ideal for snorkelling, scuba diving, and other water sports. There are some beach bars for refreshments and equipment rental stands for water sports.
Meads Bay is a firm favourite with many visitors. It survived the hurricane and the white sand is just as picturesque as ever. You can walk right along the beach in around 15 minutes, or take a dip in the turquoise water. The sea is very calm off Meads Bay and it’s a great location for snorkeling or swimming. There are quite a few restaurants dotted along the beach, which are suitable for all budgets. It’s a very quiet beach, so if you want some peace and quiet, head here.
Rendezvous Bay Beach
Rendezvous Bay Beach gets its name from a historical battle between British and French soldiers, both fighting for control of the island. Since the island is now an overseas British colony, the British won. Today, Rendezvous Beach is pretty as a picture. The sand is white and the turquoise waters are crystal clear. You can enjoy a wonderful view of St Maarten from the beach. The beach and dunes were badly impacted by Hurricane Irma and there is still a lot of debris off-shore, so it’s a good idea to wear water shoes when swimming. The Sunshine Shack, an iconic beachside restaurant, is up and running again, so make sure you grab some tasty food when you visit the beach.
Little Bay is a lovely secluded cove. The water is teeming with fish and sea-life, which makes it a huge hit for snorkelers. It’s a little off the beaten path and only accessible via a steep trail, but you’ll be glad you came.
Other highly-regarded beaches include Sandy Ground, Cove Bay, and Captain’s Bay.