Shoal Bay
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A popular beach with white sand and turquoise water that has its secluded areas as well.
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  • n b
    Amersham, United Kingdom48 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    just visit
    wonderful beach, the weather wasnt even that good when visited but you can see where many of the picture postcard pictures come from on all the travel sites. Most places werent open as it was the end of October, just starting to get ready to open but that didnt matter as Sunset Tropical Beach Bar was open and did us proiud. It's all you need, fantastic staff and good food and drinks. Perfect.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 7, 2023
  • Glen P
    Canmore, Canada425 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a Beach
    This beach is amazing as is the water - we walked it end to end. Spectacular scenery, friendly locals and great bird watching - especially those diving for fish. Quiet and some interesting boats - had lunch at Gwen’s Restaurant which , another treat.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 9, 2023
  • swiftmi
    Knoxville, Tennessee1,255 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful beach and water
    This is one of the beast beaches I have been at anywhere. Beautiful sand and water. There are several beach bars to enjoy ( Gwen’s, Madeariman, Elodias, Olas). Lounge chairs are available either for free if spending money at a beach bar or rentable for $10 for 2 loungers and an umbrella. Our favorite spot is Madeariman. Great bar, plenty of food options, great staff, and music a few days a week. This is a great beach to spend a day at.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 18, 2023
  • Amina A
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Crystal Clear Water
    What can I say about Shoal bay beach - Beautiful beautiful exactly how the pictures look on poster or you tube. Please visit and don’t forget to rent chairs from the wonderful kind Ray. Support him as he doing a great job. I will definitely visit again lovely crystal clear water and great weather.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written November 26, 2023
  • Valley_Dude_101
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Paradise!
    After seeing the capital on Boxing Day, which you don't want to do on a holiday because everything is closed, I had the taxi driver take me to a "beach that has places to eat!" The driver took me to Shoals Bay. What a beautiful place. I have heard about turquoise water, but had never seen it. You really have to experience such an event. The beach was warm, but there was a cooling breeze. I swear, it was a piece of Heaven. At this point, I plan to spend next Christmas at a stunning hotel at Shoal Bay.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written January 22, 2024
  • Emmie529
    Spokane, Washington81 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The highlight of our visit to Anguilla
    This long beach is spectacular, with warm waters in many shades of blue and fine champagne sand. It's ideal for swimming and beach walking. There are easily-accessed bars/restaurants. We especially enjoyed cocktails on outdoor sofas at Madeariman. Chairs are plentiful along the beach but you'll be charged a small fee to use them. We spent an afternoon at Shoal Bay, which was enough time to really enjoy it. To get there we took a taxi from Road Bay. Van taxis are convenient and drivers are great but you need to call. We got a name from our hotel doorman and called his number several times over some days. If he was not able to come he would call another driver for us.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 14, 2024
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rabbit169
Los Angeles, CA82 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
Short afternoon trip from SXM to AXA. No plan, just winged it. Upon arriving by ferry from Marigot to Blowpoint, we hired a taxi for the afternoon. Originally recommended to head west to Meads Bay, we diverted east to Shoal Beach Bay. Pristine white sandy beach as far as the eye can see, with clear blue water and calm waves. As you walk down toward the beach, you'll be greeted by Ray da Man who will direct you to lounge chairs and umbrellas for $10. There were no bad seats ... once we were situated, we lathered on our sunscreen and relaxed under the sun. Dived in the water, collected some shells and enjoyed the scenery. Comparing the beach in Anguilla and Saint Martin, both very warm and beautiful waters, although Anguilla gets a higher vote from us.
Written January 11, 2023
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IcedMacchiato
New Jersey140 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Grace Bay eat your heart out, I’ve found my new favorite long stretch. While some days may be rough here, this stretch of beach is spectacular. Sand is soft and there are a nice array of beach bars and places to eat to choose from without many hotels lining it like you are in Miami. Despite a few tall buildings (Zemi, Shoal bay villas) the stretch of sand is a very authentic and pleasant Caribbean vibe. My partner dubbed and declared it his favorite beach in Anguilla (though I like Maunday’s a little pinch more). Anguilla is filled with outstanding beaches but something about Shoal Bay East has her renaming the belle of the ball - she remains separate for her peers and a little more quiet and authentic. I must say after three trips to Turks and Caicos, Anguilla has won our for future trips with Shoal Bay wearing a triumphant crown of victory.
Written February 10, 2020
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Emmie529
Spokane, WA81 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
This long beach is spectacular, with warm waters in many shades of blue and fine champagne sand. It's ideal for swimming and beach walking. There are easily-accessed bars/restaurants. We especially enjoyed cocktails on outdoor sofas at Madeariman. Chairs are plentiful along the beach but you'll be charged a small fee to use them. We spent an afternoon at Shoal Bay, which was enough time to really enjoy it.

To get there we took a taxi from Road Bay. Van taxis are convenient and drivers are great but you need to call. We got a name from our hotel doorman and called his number several times over some days. If he was not able to come he would call another driver for us.
Written February 14, 2024
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swiftmi
Knoxville, TN1,255 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
This is one of the beast beaches I have been at anywhere. Beautiful sand and water. There are several beach bars to enjoy ( Gwen’s, Madeariman, Elodias, Olas). Lounge chairs are available either for free if spending money at a beach bar or rentable for $10 for 2 loungers and an umbrella. Our favorite spot is Madeariman. Great bar, plenty of food options, great staff, and music a few days a week. This is a great beach to spend a day at.
Written November 18, 2023
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robwat23
Laurel, MD433 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
I have been to many beaches all over the world and I must say that Shoal Bay is one of the top three. It is very tranquil. The water is wonderful, the sand is extremely soft and the views are spectacular. It feels at time you are on a deserted island because it is not that crowded. Walking the beach here is so peaceful. It also has several restaurants on the beach that serve pretty good food, so you can spend the entire day here.
Written August 21, 2022
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GRZ
Chicago, IL10,093 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
If you go to Anguilla and you like "more than just one beach" than you definitely need to hit Rendezvous Bay and Shoal Bay - these two are both beautiful, equally easily accessible to public and have plenty of restaurants and beach chairs/umbrellas - full package.

The sand was soft, water peaceful - almost hard to believe that this is on the northern side of the island as usually the open ocean in this region of the world limits that so it's an exception here because of the reef/protected coast line. The beach is great also for talking a walk as it's very longggg :)

TIP: there are beach clubs you can rent chairs from, we had a lunch at Ocean Club Beach club of the Manoah hotel and they included the access to loungers for free if you dine with them, otherwise I heard some other gentlemen offering them for $10 USD, so very reasonable pricing. The big parking lot right before the beach is easy to access and definitely helps to make it all nice and easy for a beach day :)
Written February 15, 2023
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sdare001
Fort Lauderdale, FL76 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We just came back from a week in St. Maarten and took a day trip with Aqua Mania Adventures on a catamaran sail to Anguilla to spend the day at Shoal Bay. It was GORGEOUS! The water color is indescribable shades of aqua, turquoise and deep blue...wow! The sand is white and soft. It's the perfect place for a day trip or to stay. The luxury resorts on that side of the island look private and amazing.
Written January 6, 2020
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n b
Amersham, UK48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
wonderful beach, the weather wasnt even that good when visited but you can see where many of the picture postcard pictures come from on all the travel sites. Most places werent open as it was the end of October, just starting to get ready to open but that didnt matter as Sunset Tropical Beach Bar was open and did us proiud. It's all you need, fantastic staff and good food and drinks. Perfect.
Written November 7, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Valley_Dude_101
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
After seeing the capital on Boxing Day, which you don't want to do on a holiday because everything is closed, I had the taxi driver take me to a "beach that has places to eat!"

The driver took me to Shoals Bay. What a beautiful place. I have heard about turquoise water, but had never seen it. You really have to experience such an event.

The beach was warm, but there was a cooling breeze. I swear, it was a piece of Heaven.

At this point, I plan to spend next Christmas at a stunning hotel at Shoal Bay.
Written January 22, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Tone K
Orient Bay, St Martin / St Maarten13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
This must be one of the most beautiful beaches in the world!
White sand, turquoise water, friendly people at the few lunch places you find on this beach. Good food, reasonable prices.
Great place for snorkling!
If you visit Anguilla you just have to spend at least one day here!

Tone & Kai
February 2020
Written February 14, 2020
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