Nestled 200 miles east of Puerto Rico and just a few miles from Saint Martin, Anguilla floats like a giant gemstone in the calm Caribbean Sea.
Known as one of the most beautiful islands in the world it’s no wonder Anguilla is a top vacation hotspot with miles of stunning landscape to explore, quaint villages, rum shops, romantic restaurants and a climate that defines divine. The island also boasts more than 30 of the best beaches in the world so it’s every sun lover’s dream. Here’s our picks of the best beaches in Anguilla to help you plan your Top Villas vacation.
Glistening waters, talcum powder sands and stunning vistas are just a few of the things you’ll find on this palm-fringed bay. Known as one of the best beaches in Anguilla, Shoal Bay attracts plenty of visitors from the island as well as day-trippers from nearby Saint Marteen. The sand is as white as can be, lined with tiny shell fragments that lend a magical sheen to the entire beach. The quiet seas here are safe for all the family and perfect for swimming, snorkeling, diving, kayaking and windsurfing. The beach also boasts plenty of restaurants, bars, live music and equipment hire facilities. We recommend Shoal Bay Scuba and Watersports, Allamanda Beach Club and Gwen’s Reggae Grill.
Sandy Ground Beach
Said to truly capture the essence of Anguilla Sandy Ground is as diverse as the island itself. Located on Road Bay the beach is backed by the island’s rich rainforest interior and rolling green hills. Described as eclectic, beautiful, friendly and unique Sandy Ground offers something for everyone with calm seas, white sands and boats bobbing out in the gentle sea. To the north end the beach comes alive with pumping music, local events, and an exciting nightlife scene at The Pumphouse, the Elvis Bar and Sammy’s Place and a range of other restaurants and bars along the bay. The biggest event on Sandy Ground is the Anguilla Carnival that takes place in the first week of August.
A hidden gem nestled in northwest Anguilla this stunning bay is hard to find but certainly worth the wait. Little Bay is an exquisite spot set on the coast of Crocus Bay just north of The Valley. This blue lagoon in enclosed by cliffs and can only be accessed by shuttle boat or down a cliff-side rope ladder. Nevertheless the effort to reach this secluded slice of paradise is worth the journey. Cliff top mansions overlook the bay where you will find pristine sands, turquoise seas and plenty of peace and quiet. Boats are not allowed to moor here so the waters are clear to roam; there’s also no surf making it an excellent snorkeling site with an abundance of tropical fish below the surface and friendly pelicans swimming alongside you. Due to the lack of facilities available visitors are advised to pack towels, drinking water and a picnic.
Rendezvous Bay Beach
Rendezvous Bay is a beach walkers paradise with its perfect sweep of soft, white sand. Located on the Caribbean side of the island the bay boasts perfect views over the calm sea and Saint Marteen beyond. On the eastern side lies one of the oldest hotels in Anguilla and one of the first on the island, the Rendezvous Bay Hotel. On the east side is the Anguilla Great House Hotel, Bankie Banx’s Dune Preserve and a variety of other great places to eat, drink and be merry. This stunning beach is perfect for sunbathing, swimming, water activities and other beach-based fun. Rendezvous was once the site of a key battle for colonial control over the island as if of historical significance across the Caribbean.Visit in March to enjoy the annual Moonsplash Music Festival.
Barnes Bay boasts year-round sun, white sandy beaches, crystal clear waters and a wealth of exciting things to see and do. Visitors to this serene stretch of sand can enjoy sunbathing, swimming, snorkeling and a range of watersports and boat trips. Located on the South West coast of Anguilla, Barnes offers plenty of peace and quiet with minimal crowds and facilities other than a snack bar and beach vendors. Nearby attractions include the Devonish Art Gallery, the Old Fort at Sandy Hill and the nearby city of Blowing Point.
Away from the beach on this eel-shaped island you’ll find plenty of other things to do including golf, tennis, hiking, horse riding and wildlife spotting, plus there’s a wealth of historic and natural attractions to explore all just a short distance from your luxury villa rentals in Anguilla.