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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Beaches of Anguilla V

South Coast

Forest Bay has very shallow water and a great view. Popular restaurant Straw Hat is located at the eastern end of this beach. Several rental villas are on the western end. This is one of the few beaches on Anguilla that has private rental villas right on the beach. 
Directions:From airport take road around back of airport following signs to Straw Hat Restaurant. 
Major construction going on currently. 
Swimming:Although rather shallow at the waters edge, there is good clear water right off shore. 
Snorkeling:Good snorkeling opportunities along the lower areas of the bay. Water fairly shallow and very clear. Near Straw Hat Restaurant is an area of large coral formations and a good size fish population. 
Boat Access:Small fishing boats moor around the peir at Straw Hat. 

Elsie Bay
 is a tiny jewel and has some unusual snorkeling opportunities. Several rental villas are within walking distance of this beach. 
Directions:Take the road west from the airport for about 1 mile. Turn left at the George Hill road to Little Harbour. Follow the road for about 1 mile and turn left just as you reach the marl road. Follow this road until you see Little Harbour and turn left again. Follow this road to Elsie Bay. It is difficult to find but worth the trip. 
Swimming:Good for swimming for a short distance before coral formations begin. 
Snorkeling:Experienced snorkelers will enjoy the coral formations close to the shore of this beach. Fairly well protected with very little wave action. 

Little Harbour
 is protected on all sides, this beach has no waves and is good for swimming and boating. 
Directions:From airport take main road to left about 1 mile. Turn left at first left and follow road to the right to Enclave Boutique Resort. 
View:St. Barts, St. Martin, Caribbean Sea. 
Swimming:Good swimming. Very calm. 

Blowing Point is the ferry port for Anguilla, this strip of beach has a very selcuded area to the west of the ferry that is wonderful for beach picnics and swimming. The area also has several rental villas and restaurant. 
Directions:From airport go left on main road approximately 3 miles. Turn left (South) to Ferry Boat about 2 miles. Park on road. Walk to beach. 
View:St. Martin and Caribbean Sea 
Swimming:Good swimming 
Restaurants:Ferry Boat Inn right on the beach. Lunch and dinner. Big Jim BBQ 
Commercial:Ferry Boat to St. Martin. 

Beaches of Anguilla IV

South Coast

Windward Point is rugged wilderness. Wear hiking boots and explore the eastern tip of the island. Climb the rock at the end of Anguilla and get an excellent view of Scrub Island. This area is at present completely desolate...take a buddy. 
Directions:Take the road to Junks Hole Bay and keep going east. The road is very rocky and requires a jeep. After Captains Bay there are no houses. 
View:At the very end of the island is a rock formation where the light for passing boats is situated. Climb to the top to view a large part of Anguilla, St. Martin, St. Barths and Scrub Island. 
No swimming or snorkeling 
Commercial:There is a sand excavation operation at the end of the island behind the beach. 

Savannah Bay
 on the eastern end of the island is a long sweeping cresent beach backed by sand dunes. At present this beach has one beach bar and an occasional small fishing boat. 
Directions:From airport head east through The Quarter on to Long Path Road around the Sandy Hill Roundabout towards East End Village. Follow main road to sign for Palm Grove Restaurant. Turn right and continue down dirt road to restaurant. 
Swimming and snorkeling 
Restaurants:Palm Grove open for lunch. 
Features:Good shelling and long walk. 

Mimi Bay 
is isolated rugged and not a great place for swimming,but perfect for shelling and hiking. Take a buddy. 
Directions:From The Valley take Long Path Road to East End Village. Turn right just past the Public tennis courts and take the first left on the marl road. Follow the marl road all the way to the coast and the beach. Caution: The road to Mimi Bay is very rocky and requires a jeep for safe passage. 
Alternative route: Go to Sile Bay and walk along the sea rocks to Mimi Bay. 
View:Sint Maarten and St. Barths and on clear days the islands to the south including Statia and St. Kitts. 
No swimming or snorkeling 
Hiking: Excellent, be sure to bring hiking shoes and long pants. 

Sandy Hill Bay
 is a cresent of sand on a protected bay and a pleasant place to sun and swim. A favorite beach of the local population. A number of villas, some rental villas line the hills around this beach. 
Directions:From airport take Long Path Road to dirt road just before Sandy Hill Roundabout. About 3 miles from The Valley. Go south towards the sea and park car on the marl road. 
Good swimming and snorkeling 
Accommodation:Several villas dot the cliff around the beach and are within easy walking distance. 
Boat Access:Small fishing boats and private boats often moor here 

Beach Chairs at Bird the Paradise

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