What Anguilla lacks in size, it makes up for in its wealth of beaches.
Reputed as the best in the Caribbean, visiting Anguilla means discovering an island that boasts over 30 different white sand beaches around its coast, with each of them offering something a little different. Whether you’re after a blissful day away from the crowds, an action-packed day of watersports and bar-hopping or you’d simply like to recline on the beach right beside your incredible uber-luxury resort… Anguilla has it all.
To make sure you don’t miss a thing, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best beaches that you need to see on your holiday to Anguilla…
1. Maunday’s Bay
Anguilla’s most beautiful beach
This sweeping crescent-shaped bay on the south-west tip of the island is renowned as one of the most beautiful beaches in the area. Its ultra-smooth white sand gradually leads into minty-blue calm waters and is lined by the iconic bright white Moorish-style villas of one of Anguilla’s best-loved luxury resorts, Belmond Cap Juluca.
Here you can take it as easy or active as you please. In the day, sink back on Belmond Cap Juluca’s cool white loungers, or explore the azure shore with a snorkel. As the evening descends, the calm and sophisticated vibe invites you to take a seat, perhaps a sip on a glass of champagne and enjoy watching the kaleidoscope of colours that paint the sky as the sun goes down.
2. Little Bay
Anguilla’s most secluded bay
In contrast to Anguilla’s long and open beaches that are lined by luxury resorts and beach restaurants, Little Bay offers something a little more secluded.
Tucked away between lush clifftops on the north coast near Crocus Bay, to reach this hidden little treasure by foot you’ll have to be willing to descend down the rock face. But luckily, you can arrange to get a local water taxi to drop you off.
Though it’s a little more difficult to reach than other beaches on the island, you’ll be rewarded for your efforts.
Thanks to its isolation, it’s not often that you’ll be joined by many others on the beach… if any at all! So you’ll be left with more space to enjoy the pristine patch of sand lapped by cool blue waters.
3. Prickly Pear Cays
Anguilla’s best beach for snorkelling
This one is a top pick for the water-babies and nature-lovers. This pair of uninhabited islands are located about six miles off the shore of Road Bay and form one of six marine protected areas dotted around the coast of Anguilla.
Thanks to its protection, the coral reefs that encircle the island are filled with a dazzling array of sea life and provide ample opportunity for snorkelling.
After discovering the world that lies beneath the waves, you can stop off on land for refreshments and perhaps some fresh fish at the small bar and restaurant, before diving back in for more exploration. To visit Prickly Pear Cays in style, our Travel Specialists can charter you a private yacht or catamaran for the day.
4. Sandy Ground
Anguilla’s lively beach
There’s a good reason that this gently curving bay is one of the most popular places to visit in Anguilla. As though the golden sand, towering palms and stunning ocean wasn’t enough, thanks to its prime location beside to the main port of the island, Road Bay, the area is awash with throngs of restaurants, beach bars and shopping stalls offering a vibrant and lively energy as well as the best nightlife on the island.
Sip on some rum punch with the sand between your toes, then maybe wander up the bay to dine on fresh fish, enjoy some live music and see where the evening takes you.
5. Long Bay
Anguilla’s best beach for views
Just as the name suggests, this sweeping bay extends a long way along the coast and offers you plenty of blissful white sand to stroll along while you enjoy the views and soak up the Caribbean sun.
Although it’s large, this isn’t a beach you’ll find overcrowded with tourists so you can look forward to chilled vibes, far away from beach bars and nightlife.
6. Turtle Cove
Anguilla’s best secret beach
Petite, perfect and glistening blue, this secret cove feels like it belongs on a postcard. Though it’s located on the coast just below the illustrious Mallihouana and along from Long Beach, it’s never as busy as you would imagine. The reason it’s so secret? Not only is it invisible from the outside, but to get to it from Long Beach you’ll need to clamber over rocks to discover it. Luckily, if you stay at Mallihouana, reaching this irresistible inlet is easy because the resort has its own steps that lead directly to Turtle Cove.
If you’re interested in visiting any or all of these stunning beaches in Anguilla, get in touch with one of our Travel Specialists today for their advice, recommendations and help to tailor-make your dream holiday.