Anguilla: The best beaches in the Caribbean

We discovered Anguilla for the first time earlier this year after hearing about the island’s famous beaches of Shoal Bay East and Rendevous Bay. For those not familiar, Shoal Bay East is just one of this island’s 33 public beaches, but Shoal Bay East has been recognized by many travel publications as one of the Caribbean’s best.

We couldn’t agree more.

Located on the northern side of the island, Shoal Bay East is a one-mile stretch of sand that has a perfect compliment of boutique hotels, beachfront bars and shops. There’s enough of each to keep you entertained but not enough to dominate the scenery or draw too many people.

What Anguilla has that it’s neighbor (St. Martin) to the south doesn’t is peace and serenity. The photo taken above is Shoal Bay East at 11:00 a.m. one morning this past January.

No people. No traffic. No problem.

In fact, other beaches like Shoal Bay East are all over the island. All have public access and all, for the most part, are uncrowded. And that’s what makes Anguilla so special.

We hired a taxi driver to show us around the 35-mile square island.

Mostly flat, Anguilla teases you with view after view of beautiful water but more often than not you need to be near the beach in order to be captivated by its stunning beauty. That becomes a problem when looking for second home property because beach front property can only be owned by locals.

That’s right, if you want to own property in Anguilla you need to be off the beach as the beaches themselves are deemed a “resource” by the government and mandated for tourism purposes only.

That does make looking for property more of a challenge, but there are view properties above some of the island’s highly acclaimed beaches that are worth noting.

• 1/2 acre properties above Shoal Bay East going from $200k to $300k

• 1 acre property across from Greg Norman golf course going for $700K

• Interior lots in the middle of the island going for $40k to $100K (most 1/2 acre or less)

There are some more deals to be had on this paradise, but like any other resort area you need to discover this island for yourself. Some of our favorite spots to stay include:

Cap Juluca

Cap Juluca is one of the Caribbean’s most recognized resort properties. Situated on the crescent beach of Maundays Bay, this 5-star resort features award-winning cuisine and Temenos, a Greg Norman Designed Championship Golf Course.

CuisinArt Resort and Spa

This highly acclaimed resort features 93 rooms on the pristine beaches of Rendevous Bay. Great restaurants and the Venus Spa highlight this exceptional property.

Viceroy Anguilla

A newer property, The Viceroy Anguilla features 166 rooms on both Barnes and Meads Bay. Viceroy showcases a zero edge pool, outstanding restaurant and Spa services as well as a kids program.

Ku

Ku is a boutique hotel property located on the famous beach of Shoal Bay East. The hotel features a south beach Miami style design with a chic beachfront bar and pool. Its the perfect location on Shoal Bay East.

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