Prickly Pear Cays

Top choice in Anguilla

Perhaps topping even Anguilla's tiara of beaches, this twin island some 6 miles (10km) northwest of Sandy Ground seduces with its pristine white-sand beach and some of the region's best snorkeling and diving. On land, a restaurant-bar feeds hungry tummies with grilled foods, salads and sandwiches (mains US$18 to US$50) and also rents beach chairs, umbrellas, kayaks, SUP and snorkeling gear. A shuttle operated by Calypso Charters leaves Sandy Ground at 11am and 12:30pm, returning at 2pm and 4pm.

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1. Sandy Island

5.04 MILES

A trip to this tiny solar-powered islet is the quintessential Anguilla dream experience. Picture pure white-sand beach fringed by palm trees, translucent…

2. Meads Bay

6.11 MILES

This long majestic white-sand beach exudes sultry languor and is a lovely spot to swim or take a sunset stroll. It's bookended by the Four Seasons and…

3. Shoal Bay West

6.94 MILES

The island road ends at this divine and often deserted south-facing sweep of white powdery sand with views of St-Martin/Sint Maarten and great sunsets…

4. Sandy Island Office

6.95 MILES

Buy tickets for the trip out to Sandy Island at this little office next to Johnno's.

5. Cove Bay

7.01 MILES

Sea grapes hem in this fairly narrow sliver of sand along Cove Bay, a refreshingly undeveloped beach that's great for whiling away an afternoon in…

6. Sandy Ground

7.01 MILES

Fronting bobbing yachts and a couple of small piers, this golden-sand beach is calm, shallow and free from coral, making it a good spot to splash about…

7. Rendezvous Bay

7.22 MILES

Cradled by calm, crystal-clear waters, this pearly white crescent is idyllic for an extended stroll with a rum-punch stop or live music at Bankie Banx's…

8. Little Bay

7.31 MILES

Among Anguilla's more secluded beaches, west-facing Little Bay is a sublime sliver of sand with excellent swimming, snorkeling and sunsets. It can only be…