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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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#1 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 ... Read more » daniloforcellini / Getty Images

#2 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 ... Read more » stevegeer / Getty Images

#3 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 ... Read more » Maxian / Getty Images

#4 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 ... Read more » Etolane / Flickr

#5 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 ... Read more » shalamov / Getty Images

#6 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 ... Read more » stevegreer / Getty Images

#7 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 ... Read more » Jay Colbath / Flickr

#8 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 ... Read more » tentpole / Getty Images

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Meads Bay is adored by locals and visitors alike for its smooth sand and bright blue water. daniloforcellini / Getty Images

Lively Rendezvous is great for swimming or listening to music from the nearby Dune Preserve beach bar. stevegeer / Getty Images

Sandy Ground is the beach on Anguilla for fun. Located in front of several restaurants, this western beach is also the island's main harbor, and it's jiving at all times of day. Maxian / Getty Images

This ramshackle-themed venue receives plenty of lunchtime traffic from the nearby beach's sunbathers, but you should visit in the evening, when owner Bankie Banx takes to the stage. Etolane / Flickr

The most popular beach in Anguilla, Shoal Bay, features plenty of bars and restaurants. shalamov / Getty Images

Little Bay is a popular cove for swimming and snorkeling. stevegreer / Getty Images

Take a daytrip to Prickly Pear Cays, two uninhabited islands located about 6 miles from the mainland. Jay Colbath / Flickr

This is the only standing plantation home on Anguilla. You can tour the kitchen, stable and slave quarters. tentpole / Getty Images

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