Anguilla is shaded by coconut palms and sea-grape trees, and filled with colorfully painted, open-sided beach bars serving sizzling barbecues. Sip feisty rum punches and listen to live reggae tunes here in Anguilla. Its crystal-clear waters and vibrant reefs offer spectacular snorkeling, glass-bottomed kayaking, and sailing to tiny islets and atolls scattered offshore. They are ranked #1 in the Caribbean for the best beaches, and as one of the top wedding destinations.
Anguilla is about peace, pampering, great food, and a wonderful local music scene. Once the sun does go down, you’ll be treated to one of the best live music scenes in the Western Hemisphere. And if you like sophisticated cuisine served in a casually elegant open-air setting, this may be your culinary Shangri-la. Or just spend your time “liming” … hanging out, and relaxing with friends. Anguilla is best for the beach, romance, watersports, food, pampering, and just escaping it all.
Anguilla is one of the safest islands in the Eastern Caribbean. But use the same general tips that you would for any beach vacation, such as using the hotel safe to guard your valuables. Anguillans are known to be some of the friendliest people in the Caribbean, and the island is one of the more relaxed islands you can visit. but they are also conservative and polite. Wearing beachwear anywhere besides the beach is frowned upon. The local newspaper even reminds you to “Please shop with your clothes on.” Casual attire is generally accepted everywhere, but call ahead to the fancier dining establishments to determine whether there’s a dress code. To learn more about all the beautiful beaches on the island of Anguilla, visit here. Now view our Anguilla Travel Guide to help plan your next Anguilla vacation!
Anguilla Weather – When to Visit
The hottest month in Anguilla Island is September when the average maximum temperature is 88°F. The average temperature throughout the year is 84°F. The coolest month in Anguilla Island is February when the average temperature is 79°F.
The best time to visit Anguilla is between May and August, when you stand the best chance of getting a good package deal and also avoiding the worst of the hurricane season (from June 1 to November 30). From September to November you’ll get an outstanding room deal, but selection is sparse, as many hotels and the choicest restaurants close down during these months. Anguilla’s peak season kicks off in mid-December and lasts until mid-April; this is also when the flight deals diminish and the hotel rates skyrocket. But the weather vouches for the influx of tourists with infrequent rain and average high temperatures in the 80s.
Located on the western end of Anguilla, Meads Bay is loved for its silky-smooth sand, aquamarine waters and gorgeous views. This beach is never as crowded as Shoal Bay East, and there are always chairs to rent and places to eat. Make sure you eat at Blanchards Beach Shack and get there early for lunch.
Sandy’s is the beach on Anguilla for fun. So pack your towel and swimsuit, but leave your summer reading at your hotel; you won’t have time to lounge around here. Located in front of numerous restaurants, (including the popular Johnno’s Beach Stop, Elvis’ Beach Bar and The Pumphouse), this western beach is also Anguilla’s main harbor, and it’s jiving at all times of day. Sandy Ground especially receives a lot of traffic from foreign sailors and families (all those food joints and accessible bathrooms nearby are hard to resist). Sandy Ground is a public beach open all hours every day, but visit on a Sunday to hear jazz wafting from Johnno’s.
Prickly Pear Cays
For the best diving on Anguilla, head out to this underwater cavern some 6 miles northwest of the mainland, where nurse sharks and barracuda swim through rock formations not far from several sunken shipwrecks. On land, there’s a restaurant serving food from noon to 2:30 pm, and a bar. Snorkeling, diving and day-trip tour operators usually leave out of Sandy Ground.
Shoal Bay East
Idyllic Shoal Bay East is a shimmering, nearly deserted stretch of brilliant white sand strewn with tiny crushed shells. There’s a handful of small-scale resorts and villas as well as a string of laid-back beach bars along the sand, but it’s surprisingly quiet, even in high season. Bring your snorkeling gear (or rent some on-site), as the glassy turquoise waters are perfect for underwater observation.
This 2-mile slice of paradise is reason enough to visit Anguilla. With calm enough waters for even the least confident swimmers and the mellow sounds of Dune Preserve in the background, Rendezvous is an idyllic retreat for vacationers looking to escape Shoal Bay East’s hustle and tourist bustle. If you really want to get away from it all, avoid the beach on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday afternoons, when crowds gather for Dune Preserve’s live music.
Anguilla Tours & Activities
Prickly Pear Lobster Lunch Day Sail
Board Tradition—a retired cargo sailboat that now serves as a luxurious leisure vessel—for a sail to the Prickly Pear Cays, a small group of islands off Anguilla’s coast. Enjoy snorkeling, swimming, a lobster lunch, and free time to walk white sand beaches. On the return trip, take advantage of the open bar and satisfy your sweet tooth with chocolate chip cookies and fresh watermelon. Read more about Prickly Pear Lobster Lunch Day Sail
Anguilla Half-Day Sail and Snorkel Adventure to Little Bay
Board a classic West Indian sloop for a relaxing sail around Little Bay. Complimentary use of the the boat’s snorkeling gear and swim aids is included. Slip into the sea alongside tropical fish, sea turtles, and water birds, then enjoy a lunch of lobster salad rolls, fresh fruit, cassava chips, and a variety of alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages. Read more about Anguilla Half-Day Sail and Snorkel Adventure to Little Bay
Anguilla Day Charter
harter your own speedboat to explore the waters of St. Maarten and Anguilla with ease. Create a custom itinerary with your captain and spend the day swimming in the pristine waters, snorkeling in the abundant reefs, and soaking up the sun on powdery, white beaches. Sit down to a hearty Caribbean lunch on the beach and enjoy an open bar of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages while you sail. Read more about Anguilla Day Charter
SUNKISS Hydro Flight
Fly 15 Ft. above the Ocean’s Lips, or dive in for a Kiss. Experience these unrivaled 360 degree views of Anguilla, St. Maarten and Saba on Anguilla’s most exciting adventure experience to date. Don’t leave Anguilla without taking flight with SUNKISS. Read more about SUNKISS Hydro-Flight
Luxurious Experience to Anguila aboard a Princess V48
A UNIQUE experience… They are not renting you a boat for the day… Tthey are here to delivery a experience, Feel like on a Mega Yacht on board their Prestigious Princess V48, Service and satisfaction is their main concern. Step on board the yacht and just enjoy. They will set sail to Anguilla for the day making sure you will keep this as one of the most amazing souvenirs of a lifetime. Read more about Luxurious Experience to Anguila aboard a Princess V48
Best Anguilla Restaurants
Blanchard’s Beach Shack Under $10
Blanchard’s Beach Shack is just that, it’s a shack on the beach, Mead’s Bay to be exact. The line will start forming before they’re even open. Don’t worry they have a bunch of tables & picnic tables set up. It’s a great place to have lunch and spend the afternoon. It also is home to the cheapest beer in Anguilla. According to TripAdvisor, it’s one best restaurants in Anguilla. Telephone: 264-497-6100 Web: Blanchards.
Sandy Island Restaurant $11 – 30
You can’t get any better than eating on your own private island. This island is a short speedboat shuttle from the main island of Anguilla. The food is fresh and surprisingly good. It is all prepared on the island and not carted over from the mainland. If you love lobster, then you will want to try it here. Telephone: 264-476-6534 Web: Sandy Island Restaurant
Veya $31 – 60
Veya has reveived reviews from The NY Times, Bon Appetit, Food & Wine and The London Times. Frommers wrote that “on an island blessed with top-caliber chefs and the Caribbean’s best dining scene, this Sandy Ground “treehouse” is one of the best-and it’s only been around since 2007. The place to be in the evening. Enjoy impeccable food and service. Telephone: 264-498-8392 Web: Veya
Da Vida $11 – 30
Whether you’re in Anguilla for business or for pleasure, this internationally acclaimed beach side restaurant is a must experience for locals and guests alike. From their award winning Main House Restaurant to their Bayside Grill, da’Vida is all about celebrating life! Indulge in a culinary explosion of taste & flavor that is like no other in Anguilla. Telephone: 264-498-5433 Web: Da Vida
Straw Hat $11 – 30
Whether for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, you will find appealing, tasty, and fresh choices to mix up or share. Try Anguilla’s only “real” bagel, tuna flatbread, jerk-braised pork belly, lobster spring rolls, or curried goat. Fish of the day is truly caught that day, and vegetarians and kids find many options, too. Big flat-screens with satellite TV make the bar a fine place to catch the game or make new friends. Telephone: 264-497-8300 Web: Straw Hat.
Best Anguilla Bars & Nightlife
Elvis’ Beach Bar
Actually a boat, this is a great place to hear music and sip the best rum punch on Earth. You can also snack on Mexican food (try the goat tacos), play beach volleyball, or watch football on the big TV. The bar is closed Tuesday, and there’s live music Wednesday through Sunday nights in high season—plus food until 1 am. The full-moon LunaSea party doesn’t disappoint. Telephone: 264-772–0637 Web: Elvis’ Beach Bar.
In an old rock-salt factory, you can dance to live music most nights, drink craft beers, and snack on pub food. A mini museum has artifacts and equipment from 19th-century salt factories. Tuesday is ladies’ night, and Monday is trivia. Dancing doesn’t kick into high gear till after 10 pm. Telephone: 264-497-5154 Web: The Pumphouse.
reggae star Bankie Banx, who often performs here weekends and during the full moon. By day its the quintessential beach bar with BBQ ribs and grilled fresh seafood. At night there’s a dance floor, beach bar, small menu, and potent rum cocktails, of course. In high season there’s a $15 cover. Telephone: 264-497-6219 Web: Dune Preserve.
Johnno’s Beach Stop
There’s live music and alfresco dancing every night and on Sunday afternoon, when just about everybody drops by (on Sunday night, there’s live jazz). This is the classic Caribbean beach bar, attracting a funky eclectic mix, from locals to movie stars. It’s open Tuesday–Sunday from 11 to 9. Johnno’s has a daytime lunch outpost on Prickly Pear Cay, with excellent snorkeling–-it’s a short boat trip from Sandy Ground. Telephone: 264-497-2728 Web: Johnno’s Beach Stop.
Best Anguilla Hotels
Carimar Beach Club
Located in Meads Bay, 8 miles from Saint Martin, Carimar Beach Club features a barbecue and water sports facilities. There is a shared lounge and gift shop at the property. You can play tennis and ping-pong at this hotel, and car rental is available. The nearest airport is Wallblake Airport, 6 miles from the property.
Four Seasons Resort & Residences Anguilla
Four Seasons Resort and Residences Anguilla invites you to make yourself at home in 166 villas and resort accommodations, more than 80% of which overlook the breaking surf and blue horizons of two of Anguilla’s 33 spectacular beaches. Relax in the seaside spa. Sample fresh cuisine with those you love, in a place where every sunset is theatrical. Immerse yourself in Anguilla’s unique culture and stunning natural beauty as Four Seasons expertise takes the Caribbean to new levels of seaside luxury.
Zemi Beach House Resort & Spa
Located on one of the best beaches of the world, Zemi Beach House offer 65 luxuriously appointed rooms and suites. Here every day begins with a promise of the extraordinary – the Caribbean’s finest beach at your feet, your own private spa retreat, dining that engages all the senses, and, all around you, the exquisite pleasures of Anguilla, an island like no other.
Shoal Bay Villas
Featuring free WiFi and a year-round outdoor pool, Shoal Bay Villas offers accommodation in Shoal Bay Village, 12.4 miles from Saint Martin. Free private parking is available on site. You will find babysitting service and gift shop at the property. Snorkeling gear is available.
Turtle’s Nest Beach Resort
Turtle’s Nest Beach Resort has 4 exciting condo accommodations to choose from, studio, 1, 2 & 3 bedrooms. All condos are air conditioned, completely furnished with fully equipped kitchens and spacious living areas. Private terraces overlooking Meads Bay Beach. Daily maid and linen service. Enjoy the cool comfort of a swim in their calm sea water or jump into their ocean front swimming pools.