1. Sandy Ground
My summer memories in Anguilla are flooded with days that were filled with leaping off the wharf in Sandy Ground. Childhood in the picturesque village meant roaming the beach with the sun, returning home only to eat. As a mother now, I choose Sandy Ground as my top pick for a day in the sun and sand with my little ones. The water is calm and friendly with no slope or drop off which makes it perfect for younger children. A perk for adults is setting up shop in front of Roy’s Bayside Grill so you can enjoy lunch and complimentary beach chairs with an umbrella.
2. Crocus Bay
While the other beaches in Anguilla boast shimmering white sand, Crocus Bay is a sandy Anguillian anomaly with its coarser, rockier bay. Nestled between two cliffs, this beach is a great pick for children because it is almost never rough. My kids are also entertained by the ability to search for unique rocks and shells along the shore. If you have older children, they will love the kayak and paddle boat rentals from DaVida’s Bayside Bar & Grill.
3. Island Harbour Beach
It wouldn’t be a Caribbean island without a quaint fishing village and Island Harbour does not disappoint. My young son loves when we visit this beach because he always learns a thing or two by hanging out on the wharf around the fishermen. The beach itself is shallow and calm which is perfect for budding swimmers. There are several great eateries with casual menus that any child will love.
4. Shoal Bay East
If you love snorkeling, then this beach is a must. Shoal Bay East is slowly reclaiming its 90s fame as the must-do beach on Anguilla with new restaurants popping up among the classics. This is a top choice beach I visit with my kids because of the coral reefs that offer snorkeling opportunities for more proficient swimmers. The powdery sand is also ideal for building sand castles if you prefer to stick close to shore.
5. Meads Bay
While it may be one of the most temperamental beaches on Anguilla in terms of surf, Meads Bay is by far the best option for teens or older kids. There are opportunities to rent banana boats, go tubing or paddle board when you choose this beach for the day. The games and activities available at Leon’s are also a strong favorite with my teenage daughter.
Anguilla has a beach for every square mile, so chances are you may make your own list of favorites while you’re here. Connect with Vanessa on Instagram @thonlyvanessa to share yours!