Resident writer, blogger and influencer, Shellecia Brooks Johnson of @MyAnguillaExperience shares her favourite beaches in Anguilla for reflection and contemplation.
When I need to spend time alone, reset and recharge, these three beaches provide solitude, escapism, and tranquility.
Katouche Bay will never make a list of ‘must visit beaches’ in Anguilla. Though this Bay is located centrally, getting to it feels a bit off the beaten path. I was first introduced to this beach hideaway when I visited Katouche Rain Forest and Iguana Cave. I remember standing on the beach and thinking, ‘What is this place?’ This Bay spoke to my soul and called me to return.
I returned alone and spent time walking the beach and climbing over rocks where I discovered tiny sandy coves where you truly feel like you have entered a beach oasis built for one. There are no beach chairs or umbrellas on Katouche Bay so the sand, smooth or jutting rocks that run along this little stretch of beach are the perfect place to take a seat and watch the waves roll in or boats sail slowly by.
My dreams and thoughts flow freely here as I am in a truly relaxed and uninterrupted state. No matter how many times I visit this beach, it feels like the first time. There is always something new to see, explore, discover here. I always leave inspired.
Sandy Hill Bay
I recently rediscovered Sandy Hill Bay which is on the East end of the island. Growing up, we often picnicked here and had the best of times looking for whelks on the rocks. This bay though surrounded by villas and homes is still quiet, private and has little foot traffic.
I am mesmerized as I walk along the sand which is speckled with small red stones and bits of coral. Other times I engage in a little adventure exploring the rocks and searching for sea life. At this bay I can sit on the sand or find a smooth rock and meditate while looking out at the dazzling ocean of distinct and varying shades of blue.
My favorite activity here is just relaxing and soaking in the warm water. This bay is calm, shallow, and tranquil and I always feel safe when I am alone and deeply immersed in my thoughts. Sandy Hill Bay rejuvenates my mind, body, and soul.
While this beach, located in the West, is a popular beach for both locals and visitors, the length and width of this beach provides opportunities and space for escape. I can always find a stretch of beach to swim, walk, or sit undisturbed. I love this beach for the view of the mountains of St. Maarten which I never tire of seeing, and because of the magnificent sunsets.
Rendezvous Bay is also perfect for people watching and enjoying and becoming re-energized by the happiness of others. A few restaurants sit on this beach, and I enjoy grabbing a drink, opening my notebook, and settling in for a peaceful hour or two on one of the most beautiful beaches in Anguilla.
Some of my best ideas and moments of clarity have been birthed while walking or lounging on this gorgeous two mile stretch of beach.