Spectacular sunsets and sugary white sands: Our Anguilla travel guide

Published

12 August, 2022

Edited

8 September, 2022

Right at the very tip of the Leeward Islands, Anguilla is a magnificent island where silken sands meet cerulean shores, and lush rows of palms, laden with coconuts, sway gently to the rhythms of sea breezes. Beautiful beaches are in abundance here - an impressive 33 if we're to be exact.

Famed for its vibrant coral reefs, there’s even more beauty waiting to be discovered beneath Anguilla’s crystalline waters. Whether you choose to swim, kayak, or snorkel, the island offers many opportunities for intrepid sea explorers to acquaint themselves with its thriving underwater world. Back on land, foodies have the chance to sample some of the freshest seafood around, while those intent on seeking out Anguilla’s hotspots will find no shortage of upscale cocktail bars and restaurants along the island’s most exclusive destinations.

An endless choice of beaches

It’s unlikely, but if you only happen to visit a couple of the island’s beaches during your stay, make sure it’s at least one of these gorgeous bays.

Shoal Bay

With its brilliant white sands and aquamarine shores, the beauty of Shoal Bay speaks for itself. This glorious stretch of coastline is often considered to be one of the most breathtaking beaches in the world, and it’s easy to see why. While a few lunch spots are scattered along this two-mile stretch, you’ll find plenty of secluded and peaceful corners to lie and soak up those splendid views.

Maundays Bay

The crescent-shaped Maundays Bay is a lovely stretch of Anguilla’s western coast, backed by luxury resorts with a whole host of excellent dining options. A great destination for families or those who like to be close to plenty of amenities while still enjoying the most stunning seascapes. With calm and shallow waters that seem impossibly clear, children can have plenty of fun splashing around safely in this pretty bay.

Barnes Bay

A secluded sandy beach that doesn’t get quite as much attention as others on the island, Barnes Bay is the perfect spot for those who prefer to have the entire beach to themselves. The shores here are a little rocky, so it’s not the best for swimming - but what it lacks in its suitability for watersports, it certainly makes up for in sunsets.

Island-hopping and world-class golfing

From sailing excursions to laidback golf days, the magnificent island of Anguilla has something for everyone.

Sail over to the Prickly Pear Cays

The Prickly Pear Cays are a pair of tiny islands, just off the island’s northwestern coast. A cherished destination among snorkellers and swimmers searching for a quieter spot to explore the enchanting coral reefs of Anguilla, they’re well worth the visit. The easiest way to get across to them is to take a short, yet incredibly scenic boat trip from the port of Road Bay.

Spend an afternoon on Sandy Island

Sandy Island is yet another tiny isle renowned for its powdery sands and peaceful shores. Offering an on-site bar and restaurant, it’s a fabulous spot to sit and enjoy the sights of the Caribbean Sea with few interruptions or distractions. Getting there is easy - a ten-minute boat trip from Sandy Ground is all it takes, although many have been known to sail private yachts over to this idyllic island.

Tee off at the Aurora International Golf Club

Boasting awe-inspiring views over to the neighbouring island of St Maarten, the Aurora International Golf Club offers the most spectacular backdrop from morning until noon. Experienced golfers will want to head straight to the challenging Championship Course, while those who need a little practice before getting into the swing of it can spend an afternoon at the golf academy.

Foodie delights & hidden sights

Anguilla’s finest eateries

From tantalising Caribbean fusions to classic French cuisine, Anguilla is home to an excellent choice of upscale eateries.

Ember

Cooked in an old-world style, Ember’s classic Italian dishes have been carefully curated by head chef, Marc Alvarez. Dine out on wood-fired beach bouillabaisse or a freshly grilled red snapper while gazing across the brilliant blue of the Caribbean Sea - a view that becomes even more breathtaking as the sun begins its descent. Seafood lovers are sure to be in their element here, but there are plenty of options for vegetarians and meat eaters too.

Veya

Nestled in North Hill Village on the way to Sandy Ground Beach, Veya is the perfect choice for a romantic date night. Surrounded by tropical palms, the dimly-lit dining room has a wonderfully intimate feel, while the menu showcases the very best of local Anguillan seafood; butter-poached lobster, sautéed shrimp, and zesty jerk tuna are just a few of the mains on offer here.

Blanchard's Restaurant

Discover innovative Caribbean cuisine beside the shore of Meads Bay Beach at Blanchard's Restaurant. This friendly, family-run eatery has Chef Melinda Blanchard at its helm, creating an array of delicious dishes including the mouthwatering Mel’s Cioppino - a platter of sea bass, mussels, and shrimp cooked in a fragrant white wine sauce. If you can, be sure to grab a table on the patio - the views across the beach are truly lovely at any time of the day.

Julians

As you might have already guessed, Julians offers a new take on traditional French cuisine, infusing it with fresh, island-inspired flavours. Moments from the shores of Long Bay Beach, the restaurant’s elegant dining room is an excellent choice for both lunch and dinner, offering an assortment of beautifully-presented fish, meat, and vegetarian dishes to suit all palates.

The island’s best-kept secrets

With so many awe-inspiring locations across the island, it can be easy to miss those that aren’t heavily featured in guidebooks and brochures. Here are some of our favourite and somewhat less visited destinations in Anguilla.

Visit the intriguing Heritage Collection Museum

Owned by the island’s resident historian, Colville Petty, the Heritage Collection Museum is the only museum on the island. Inside, an extensive collection of Anguillan artefacts uncover the island’s past - from the early Amerindian peoples to right up to modern-day life. Paired with Petty’s fascinating stories and knowledge, the museum offers a really unique insight into the island’s past and present.

Kayak (or swim) over to Little Bay

If you are seeking complete seclusion, then a visit to the placid shores of Little Bay is a must. Backed by craggy sea cliffs, this idyllic cove can only be reached via boat, kayak, or a determined swim. It’s also a fabulous snorkelling spot - turtles, rays, and tropical fish are just a few of the marine inhabitants that can be seen gliding through the water.

The onefinestay experience

At onefinestay, we offer our guests an exclusive and comprehensive range of concierge services. Tailored to your exact requirements, these services can help to make your stay as carefree and memorable as it should be. From private chef services and in-villa spa treatments to the arranging of sailing and diving experiences, your personal Travel Advisor will guide you through all your available options. We organise everything before your arrival, so all you need to do is simply turn up and enjoy.

Amazed by Anguilla?

Already making plans to visit the magnificent island of Anguilla? Talk to one of our Travel Advisors to plan your next adventure today. With our insider knowledge, we can help you discover the best destinations and experiences in the Caribbean.