Anguilla Travel Guide

Anguilla  #5 in Best Caribbean Beaches
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Free Things To Do in Anguilla

If you have extra time, Sandy Ground is worthwhile.
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    Things to do in Anguilla
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    Beaches, Swimming/Pools, Free
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    Beaches, Swimming/Pools, Free
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    Half Day to Full Day
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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).

    Like the rest of Anguilla's beaches, it is free to spend the day here. Keep in mind that the waters can get a bit rough during the winter season (December through January), but are usually mild during the summer. The easiest way to get to Meads Bay is via taxi, unless you’re staying at a hotel that’s within walking distance of the beach.

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    Rendezvous Bay
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    #2 in Anguilla
    Beaches, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Beaches, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
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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.

    Rendezvous is free to enter and easy to enjoy any day of the week. But 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. This southwestern beach also hosts the Moonsplash Music Festival every March.

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    Sandy Ground
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    #3 in Anguilla
    Beaches, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Beaches, Free
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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).

    Sandy Ground is a public beach open all hours every day, but some travelers recommend you visit on a Sunday to hear jazz wafting from Johnno's.

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    Shoal Bay East
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    #5 in Anguilla
    Beaches, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Beaches, Free
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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.

    Recent visitors say that a trip to this beach is an absolute must-see, and recommend renting a few beach chairs and making a day of it. While this beach is popular and known to attract crowds, recent travelers remarked they did not have trouble finding a quiet spot to relax.

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