Although no part of Anguilla feels particularly urban, the Valley has the island’s conglomeration of government buildings, which gives it a more conspicuous village vibe. The area was chosen as the colonial capital largely because of the abundance of arable soil; the island is mostly a limestone formation and thus there are only tiny pockets of viable land for farming.
After Shoal Bay East, the quiet eastern seascape is a narrowing strip of breezy coves dotted by casbah-like villas and hidden eateries. Island Harbour is a working fishing village, not a resort area, and its beach is lined with brightly colored fishing boats rather than chaise longues. There are another half-dozen semisecluded beaches in the area, of which Junk’s Hole is tops.
Shoal Bay East
Close your eyes and imagine the quintessential Caribbean stretch of white-sand beach. You’ve just pictured Shoal Bay East, a 2-mile-long beach with pristine sand, thoughtfully placed reefs ideal for snorkeling, and glassy turquoise water. Shoal Bay Scuba is a professional diving operation with high-quality equipment, good boats and a staff of well-trained divemasters.