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Dune Preserve

Rendezvous Bay | Official website
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  • Type: Entertainment and Nightlife
  • Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
Overall Rating: 4.5 (4.3)
Value: 4.0 (4.0)
Facilities: 3.0 (3.0)
Atmosphere: 5.0 (5.0)
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Plenty of Anguilla vacationers have never heard of the musician Bankie Banx or his beachside restaurant and lounge, Dune Preserve. So consider making an evening trip to this Rendezvous Bay hotspot to get acquainted. After a successful music and touring career as a reggae artist, native Anguillan Banx returned home to open this marquee live music spot. The ramshackle-themed venue receives plenty of lunchtime traffic from the nearby beach's sunbathers (visit the official website for lunch and dinner hours), but you should visit in the evening. Several nights a week Banx takes to the stage to entertain his patrons. Sometimes he's joined on stage by famous friends like Jimmy Buffett, Marcia Griffiths and Gregory Issacs. 

According to travelers, your first trip to Dune Preserve won't be your last. One pleased TripAdvisor user notes: "It is a very basic, laid back but has all the elements of a great beach bar: wonderful beach, great view, great tunes, great drinks. I long to go back." A VirtualTourist reviewer says: "Even if you don't like live music, the Dune Preserve itself is worth seeing (it's essentially a beach fort constructed of driftwood and old boats and is one of the most chilled-out places you can imagine)."

For a minimal fee you can catch the soulful sounds of Bankie Banx and other live artists on most Wednesday, Friday and Sunday nights. Also consider visiting Anguilla in late March, when Banx and Dune Preserve host the annual Moonsplash Music Festival.

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