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Best Things To Do in Anguilla

Soft sands and clear blue waters lure many of Anguilla's visitors to spend the majority of their time sunbathing or trying a water sport. But, for at least one day, you should get away from the beach for a taxi tour. Highlights include the small Heritage Museum Collection on the East End or the Wallblake House in The Valley. At night, check out the live music scene, especially at Dune Preserve.

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#1

#1 in Anguilla

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Located on the western end of Anguilla, Meads Bay is beloved for its silky-smooth sand, aquamarine waters and gorgeous views. Plus, recent visitors said this beach is never as crowded as Shoal Bay East, and there are always chairs to rent and places to eat: many travelers and locals recommend dining at Blanchards Beach Shack, which is open Monday through Saturday at 11:30 a.m. (get there early for lunch).
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Beaches Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
Meads Bay
Located on the western end of Anguilla, Meads Bay is beloved for its silky-smooth sand, aquamarine waters and gorgeous views. Plus, recent visitors said this beach is never as crowded as Shoal Bay East, and there are always chairs to rent and places to eat: many travelers and locals recommend dining at Blanchards Beach Shack, which is open Monday through Saturday at 11:30 a.m. (get there early for lunch).
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#2 in Anguilla

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This 2-mile slice of paradise is reason enough to visit Anguilla, some say. 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.
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Beaches Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Rendezvous Bay
This 2-mile slice of paradise is reason enough to visit Anguilla, some say. 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.
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#3 in Anguilla

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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).
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Beaches Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Sandy Ground
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).
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#4 in Anguilla

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 hot spot 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 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. 
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Entertainment and Nightlife Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Dune Preserve
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 hot spot 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 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. 
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#5 in Anguilla

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Anguilla has approximately 33 beaches, but the most popular one is Shoal Bay East. This northern shore is set up to entertain daytrippers from St. Martin-St. Maarten, so there are plenty of bars and restaurants, plus rental equipment for snorkeling, parasailing and scuba diving.
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Beaches Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Shoal Bay East
Anguilla has approximately 33 beaches, but the most popular one is Shoal Bay East. This northern shore is set up to entertain daytrippers from St. Martin-St. Maarten, so there are plenty of bars and restaurants, plus rental equipment for snorkeling, parasailing and scuba diving.
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#6 in Anguilla

For one of the best beach experiences, travelers suggest you sneak away to Little Bay, a cove carved into northwest Anguilla. Couples particularly enjoy snorkeling and swimming in the aquamarine water there, especially in the late afternoon as the sun sets. Recent visitors recommend getting to this beach early, as it can get crowded quickly.
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Beaches Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Little Bay
For one of the best beach experiences, travelers suggest you sneak away to Little Bay, a cove carved into northwest Anguilla. Couples particularly enjoy snorkeling and swimming in the aquamarine water there, especially in the late afternoon as the sun sets. Recent visitors recommend getting to this beach early, as it can get crowded quickly.
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#7 in Anguilla

Hop on a boat from Sandy Ground to experience one of the more tranquil and picturesque beaches of the Caribbean: The Prickly Pear Cays are two small uninhabited islands located about a 6-mile trip from the mainland. The area has become popular with travelers (especially families) thanks to the islands' shallow, calm swimming waters, plus the cute canaries and finches that willingly come to feed from visitors' hands.
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Beaches Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
Prickly Pear Cays
Hop on a boat from Sandy Ground to experience one of the more tranquil and picturesque beaches of the Caribbean: The Prickly Pear Cays are two small uninhabited islands located about a 6-mile trip from the mainland. The area has become popular with travelers (especially families) thanks to the islands' shallow, calm swimming waters, plus the cute canaries and finches that willingly come to feed from visitors' hands.
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#8 in Anguilla

Located in the capital city of The Valley, Wallblake House is one of the oldest buildings on Anguilla. Many choose to forego visits to this now tiny complex, but other travelers say it could be a worthwhile visit for you if you like history; Wallblake is the only standing plantation home left on the island.
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Sightseeing Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Wallblake House
Located in the capital city of The Valley, Wallblake House is one of the oldest buildings on Anguilla. Many choose to forego visits to this now tiny complex, but other travelers say it could be a worthwhile visit for you if you like history; Wallblake is the only standing plantation home left on the island.
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