A beautiful view of the point on Shoal Bay Beach, Anguilla from our July 2008 trip to St. Maarten.
A beautiful view of the point on Shoal Bay Beach, Anguilla from our July 2008 trip to St. Maarten.

About Shoal Bay Beach

Shoal Bay Beach is an extremely beautiful beach on the northern edge of the island of Anguilla in the British West Indies. The water is very clear and there is a beautiful reef a short swim off the beach. The reef eventually comes closer to the shore as you make your way towards the point.

Our Experiences On Shoal Bay Beach

We stayed at Shoal Bay Villas on Shoal Bay Beach during our July 2008 trip to St. Maarten. We were there for our four year wedding anniversary, and ended up there because it was the only place we could find lodging for a one night stay. We are so glad we were able to experience this beach.

Snorkeling at Shoal Bay Beach

The water was crystal clear and calm during our visit, which was a huge plus. This made for great snorkeling. As soon as we stepped in the water, we realized how clear the water really was. Once under the water, we could see all the way out to the reef as if it was just feet from us. Once out on the reef, we saw sea turtles, tons of fish, and high piles of coral. Eventually we explored further down the beach, on the east side of the point. The current was a bit stronger there, but it was worth the exercise. We were able to see a couple of stingrays and a lot of conch. Another area of good snorkeling was near the point. Here, the reef comes within inches of the shoreline, so we were able to literally step right into the water and start snorkeling. The fish here were smaller, but there were still a lot of beautiful creatures and formations to look at, and it was much less taxing to be out of the current that we found east of the point.

Lodging On Shoal Bay Beach

Our kitchen at Shoal Bay Villas, Anguilla from our July 2008 trip to St. Maarten.

We have stayed at Shoal Bay Villas, which is directly on Shoal Bay Beach, just west of the point. It was very nice. We had a swimming pool directly outside of our room, and we were just steps away from the beach. Read more about Shoal Bay Villas…

Map of Shoal Bay Beach

View Shoal Bay Beach, Anguilla in a larger map

Shoal Bay Beach Was One Of A Kind

We will definitely be heading back to Shoal Bay Beach in the future. We find ourselves constantly comparing other beaches to it, with Shoal Bay usually winning out. We know we were lucky to have such a calm, hot day when we were there, because we have had relatives visit the same beach in the winter-time and found it to be very rough. Hopefully we will luck out again on our next visit!