Anguilla Beaches: An Insider’s Guide
Anguilla Beaches: An Insider’s Guide
Anguilla Beaches: An Insider’s Guide

Anguilla Beaches: An Insider’s Guide

Our Woman in Anguilla, Lacy Colley of Expâté, shares her favorite sandy spots on the picture-perfect island she calls home

It’s no secret that the Caribbean island of Anguilla is famous for its postcard powdery beaches and swimming pool-esqe turquoise seas. The pristine waters will tempt any visitor into an all-day itinerary along the lines of: dip, sip, dry off and repeat.

Travelers often jet to far corners of the world searching for that private getaway, only to realize many other sun seekers have booked the same ticket. Anguilla is a few, barefooted steps ahead, offering visitors an unpopulated slice of sand to embrace any mood. With thirty plus beach options, visitors are not competing for rays and rum punch, instead, there are endless secluded beaches on which to plant your umbrella. Here are a few of my favorites:

Barnes Bay

barnesbaybeach_WPLined with a clutch of fabulous villas, Barnes Bay Beach will definitely give you a peek into luxury real estate on the island. Undiscovered by many visitors, Barnes Bay offers soft sands and gentle tradewinds to pair with the sweeping cerulean sea view. The casual hideaway, The Half Shell, at the Viceroy Resort, is perfect for e-reading away into the afternoon while nibbling on a healthy bite. Its light Mediterranean menu is ideal with a cool, sparkling libation. And after a day at Barnes, head to a timeless favorite, Mango’s Seaside Grill for the ultimate tropical tastes alongside a lingering sunset. It’s a magical al fresco place to enjoy an evening of fresh local seafood, such as spicy lobster or their renowned steamed whole snapper.

Little Bay Beach

littlebay_WP_If you’re into floating, you will get along famously with the brilliant Little Bay Beach. Known as one of Anguilla’s most secluded spots, the small sandy cove is never crowded. Catch a ride on a little boat or for the more adventurous spirit take a paddleboard or kayak over and explore the scenic cliffside. There is also an infamous rock to jump from if you’re feeling adventurous. Once you return to Crocus Bay treat your parched palate to a frozen minty mojito at Da’Vida and a live tune from local luminary Omari Banks.

Long Bay

turtlecovebeach_WPOnce known as a haven for A-listers to get away from it all, Long Bay makes the ideal spot for a deserted beach day. With just a few scattered villas and towering palms, the beach beckons if you want to be left alone. Exactly as it names suggests, it’s a long sliver of sand that’s ideal for those looking for a romantic picnic opportunity or a soul-searching walk along the shore. Around the bend from Long Bay Beach you will stumble on another secluded gem, Turtle Cove Beach. Located below the Malliouhana hotel cliffs, it’s the perfect little spot to watch the waves. It has a tucked-away cliff covered with a curtain of vines that hang down to grace the sand below.

Shoal Bay West

shoalbaywest_WPA pleasant and slightly curved beach on the far west end of the island, Shoal Bay West is not to be confused with the iconic Shoal Bay East – it’s located on the opposite end of the island and is less touristy. Its white powdery sand is dotted with charming shades of yellow and green palm trees and a few private homes and villas. When you want a break from the sun, enjoy an impressive Italian menu at Trattoria Tramonto, whose bright open-air windows are just steps from the sea. A posh spot frequented by celebs, it has a surprisingly laid-back ambiance with unrivaled service. Take full advantage of their chaise lounges post-lunch; ideal for lazing and maybe a late afternoon barefoot bubbly pick-me-up.

Maundays Bay

maundays_WPEver envision trotting along the sands on horseback? You may spot these water-loving stallions on Maundays Bay, a platinum blonde beach showcasing some of the most translucent and turquoise waters on the island. It’s home to the classic Cap Juluca resort and has a shaded section of sandy real estate under the quintessential sea grape trees. With an exclusive vibe, thy will worship thy beach chair, sink thy toes in and gaze at the boats that stop in the bay. This end of the beach shows off the iconic colors of Anguilla beautifully, the only danger being that after you see it other beaches will forever pale in comparison.

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You can read more about Lacy’s life on Anguilla at theexpâté.com

Lacy Colley