While every Caribbean island has beaches to boast of, Anguilla is known for being a cut above the rest.
The British territory, though populated, has remained relatively untouched. A long-standing embargo on cruise ships and high-rise resorts has allowed the island to keep its pristine atmosphere.
That atmosphere is made up of stunning white sand beaches, crystal clear turquoise water and palm trees swaying in the breeze. What more can you ask for on relaxing Caribbean luxury vacations?
These six beaches are some of the best on the island—keep them in mind next time your adventures take you to Anguilla. The best part? Beach days are free!
The silky sand at Meads Bay is world-famous, making it one of the top spots for relaxing on the beach in Anguilla.
Located on the western end of the island, Meads Bay isn’t quite as crowded as some of the local beaches—which is always a plus. With the calm waters just below the Malliouhana hotel, the bay is also a great spot for beginners to learn how to snorkel.
Shoal Bay East
Shoal Bay East—not to be confused with the Shoal Bay West—is world-famous, offering unbelievable snorkeling and diving at a colorful coral reef just offshore.
Because it is so well known, it’s often crowded but the bold teal water makes it worth the hassle. There are a few beach bars located on the beach, including Uncle Ernie’s Beach Bar. Grab a rum punch, do some swimming and relax in the sunshine.
The bright white sand found on many of Anguilla’s beaches is absent at Sandy Ground. Indeed, the brown sand isn’t as silky either. But visitors tend to overlook that, as they aren’t there for relaxation anyway.
Families flock to Sandy Ground by day for the line of beachside restaurants. By night, it becomes the party beach, filled with locals and tourists who spill out of the neighboring village. Sailors also frequent Sandy Ground, as the island’s main harbor is located here.
Possibly one of the most stunning beaches on the island, Rendezvous Bay is surprisingly not crowded—especially considering the environment.
The crescent-shaped bay is home to a few resorts and restaurants so consider making this your base on Anguilla. The beachside lounge Dune Preserve hosts live music a few nights each week as well as the annual Moonsplash Festival.
Rendezvous Bay is also known for its two-mile stretch of calm waters that make it the best beach on the island for swimming.
The beach at Little Bay doesn’t even seem like an island—it’s more like a secluded oasis. This spot can only be reached one of two ways: by boat or by rappelling down the hillside.
However, if you do manage to reach the beach, Little Bay will surprise you. The cliffs rising overhead and the gentle waves that roll up on the small stretch of sand are the perfect pairing. This beach is often secluded, making it a great spot for romantics to swim, snorkel and watch the sunset.
Sandy Island is the only beach on this list that isn’t on the mainland, but it’s worth including. A five-minute boat ride from Sandy Ground’s harbor, this tiny spit of sand doesn’t have a whole lot on it.
There are a few restaurants that offer up fresh-caught lobster and rum punch, but other than that, you’ll feel as if you’ve been stuck on a deserted island. Drink it in—frolic in the Caribbean waves or snorkel at one of the surrounding reefs.