Located about 4km northeast of West End, Sandy Bay is a quiet little community popular with expats. Here the Carambola Botanical Gardens covers a protected hillside, with several nature trails filled with orchids, spice plants, an ‘iguana wall’ and lots of wandering agoutis (rodent-like animals). As the name suggests, there's a decent beach here.
Imagine a paradisical vision of the Caribbean: a quiet, white-sand beach fringed with coconut palms and an azure sea filling the horizon. West Bay is that vision (though not when a cruise ship is in town). Two decades ago this was still a virgin beach, and backpackers reveled in its unadulterated natural majesty.
An important port, French Harbour has a large fishing, shrimp and lobster fleet, but otherwise there's little of interest other than the quirky appeal of Arch’s Iguana Farm in French Cay, just outside of town. Less a farm than the house of a serious iguanaphile, everywhere you look you see iguanas, some 4000 in all – on the driveway, in the trees, under bushes, everywhere.