Sandy Island
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Sandy Island is a small cay off Sandy Ground beach in Anguilla. It is quite possibly the most beautiful place one will ever visit. A popular off island getaway, Sandy Island offers visitors a sensational tropical experience. It’s far away enough for that quintessential Robinson Crusoe feeling, yet close enough to stay connected to the mainland. The Restaurant opens daily serving fresh seafood and grilled meats, and the bar is fully stocked with ice cold beers and spirits from around the world.
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nono n
United States753 contributions
Jan 2022
We had the whole island to ourselves for about two hours until others showed up.

A little bit of decent snorkeling on the western shore.

For lunch, drinks, and the water taxi out and back, expect to pay about $90 per person.
Written October 3, 2022
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Jessica M
8 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
We had a fabulous beach day on sandy island!! Only $10 for the boat ride and $20 for your own bed/cabana and they will set up your umbrella for you. You could bring a cooler with beers and lunch, but then you’d miss out on the amazing rum punches and fresh grilled food at the restaurant! Plus, it’s nice to get out of the sun and eat for a little while. All the staff were so friendly, and it truly felt like we were on our own private island!
Written March 7, 2020
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Christopher
New York City, NY205 contributions
Dec 2019
Smart idea to book ahead of time. We usually stay in St Maarten but take the ferry over to Anguilla at least 3 times per trip. Sandy Island is the 1st spot for us, just 10 minutes boat ride from Sandy Ground. 1st trip over is at 10, so go early and get your spot. The staff is very attentive, drinks are excellent and the bbq chicken and ribs are perfect. The water is usually very calm and crystal clear in the morning. This island was hit hard by the hurricane in 2017 but they've rebuilt the restaurant back better than ever,
Written January 11, 2020
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K D
Brooklyn9 contributions
Apr 2022 • Friends
This felt a bit over-hyped. It was a quick boat ride from Sandy Ground. Once out there, it was windy which made it feel less relaxing. The wind also made the water rougher here than elsewhere on Anguilla, and most people did not go in the water or get to snorkel because of it. My favorite part was walking around the small island, and looking at what lurked in the tide pools.

I found the restaurant to be over-priced. I paid $63 for a lobster - one half was small and dried out, the other a decent size and moist. They basically charge you whatever they want as they say it's by the pound. That felt like a wasted splurge, as it was one of my least favorite meals and the most expensive on Anguilla. Also, they didn't have a drink menu and charged $10 for a beer. Yes, they have to transport everything to the island. I get it. It would help if they were more upfront about prices so you knew more what to expect. All in all, it wasn't as interesting or relaxing as I thought it would be. It's not a must see and do, in my opinion.
Written May 4, 2022
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Stephanie M
21 contributions
Nov 2022 • Couples
Food was just as good as everywhere else but beware the cost! So first $8 per each little bottle of water. If you come by their water taxi, they charge you $20 per each beach chair. We came by excursion so we did not get charged like everyone else. They also charged us 13% sales tax plus an additional 15% service charged that they claim was not the tip and made us provide a cash tip on top of that. They also made us and the other hotel guests we were traveling with all charge it to one credit card since we came on the same boat. So we had to Venmo one person the money at the end. I came here because of TikTok recommendation but definitely thought it wasn't worth it and trying to save other people from our experience. I also spoke with other people who went there as well and they all said the same thing so I know it wasn't just our experience alone.
Written November 12, 2022
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Tricia G
Brooklyn, NY12 contributions
Jul 2022 • Couples
The 8 min boat ride was fun. The bartender was friendly and attentive. My husband and I had the lobster platter for two. The slipper lobster was not to our liking the cray fish and the spinney lobster was good. We had a rum punch which was not very good and a Johnny walker with coke. The beach was a bit windy but we still managed to enjoy the blue clear water. When we got our bill the two drinks was 40.00. The lobster was 130.00 the boat ride was 80.00 and here comes the shocker 28% tax👀which was 70.00 in taxes where in the world do you pay 28% tax on food and a boat ride. This is proposturous. Don’t think I would be visiting again.
Written July 3, 2022
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CKMarthasvineyard
marthasvineyard1 contribution
Feb 2022
Just got back from spending an afternoon at Sandy Island. Our group was charged a 12% GST. This new government tax does not go into affect until July 1, 2022. Hope the government sees that money that came out of our pocket months before the tax actually goes into affect. Not sure we will ever be going back unless there is a good explanation for this charge that does not exist yet.
Written February 18, 2022
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Maria T
Il Gzira, Malta65 contributions
Jan 2020
The boat trip is exciting but can be quite rough. There is a restaurant and sun beds on the island. Everything seems to be run by one organisation. A sun bed with a mattress costs 20$!!! The restaurant has a varied menu but the prices are astronomically high. We paid 123$ for 2 salads, 2 cocktails and transport for 2...a bit too much. But we were also entertained by two dancers and a band so that made our 3 hour stay enjoyable.
Written January 27, 2020
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Dkaufman
1 contribution
Jan 2020 • Family
If you are not a hedge fun mogul who flew Net jets to Anguilla and chartered your own yacht to stop for lunch on Sandy Island (and money really doesn’t matter to you), I would advise you carefully review your lunch check before paying. Our group of 9 people (3 families) found our final lunch bill bore no resemblance to the menu prices posted on line. Prices were significantly inflated and seemed based more on the imagination of the girl adding food up than on fair value of the meal. A too late questioning of the veracity of the bill met w statements like.....”let us take a photo of your credit card and we will credit some money back to you”......yeah, right. Fool me once......
Written January 2, 2020
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Huggy G
3 contributions
Aug 2022
Easily my favorite part of my trip to Anguilla. The boat ride was relaxing, and once we arrived we had an amazing time.

I never had the chance to enjoy crayfish before visiting Sandy Island, but I have not been able to stop thinking about it since! So tasty and sweet.

The rum punch may have been my favorite from the entire island, which is saying something! The staff were attentive and welcoming.

I strongly recommend bringing snorkeling gear with you!
Written August 18, 2022
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