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Shoal Bay

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The Basics

For many visitors to Anguilla, a trip to Shoal Bay is high on the priority list. The beach is divided into two areas—upper and lower Shoal Bay—and you’ll find the majority of beach bars and amenities (like sun loungers and umbrellas) in lower Shoal Bay. Enjoy some of the island’s best snorkeling, then head to Gwen's Reggae Bar and Grill, a Shoal Bay institution, for a meal of lobster or barbecue ribs.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Anguilla

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You need to see Anguilla!
Kerrianne_H, Feb 2020
Anguilla Day Trip from St Maarten: Catamaran Sail to Shoal Bay
The staff was very skilled and attentive. A few people got sick because of the choppy water conditions and the crew were very concerned and accommodating. The boat was in good shape and handled the surf well. Pick up and drop off was very convenient and on time. The food was good and the beach was beautiful. I definitely recommend this excursion!
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Very well run trip. The crew was...
Kimberly R, Nov 2015
Anguilla Day Trip from St Maarten: Catamaran Sail to Shoal Bay
Very well run trip. The crew was outstanding. Shoal Bay is gorgeous! Definitely would recommend.
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Excellent sailing, absolutely...
dave.renner, Dec 2016
Anguilla Day Trip from St Maarten: Catamaran Sail to Shoal Bay
Excellent sailing, absolutely beautiful beach, fun crew. The snorkeling was below average and they did not provide fins, just a mask and snorkel. Great day on the water but don't expect to see much snorkeling.
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Tour was exactly as described. Not...
Robert B, Jan 2015
Anguilla Day Trip from St Maarten: Catamaran Sail to Shoal Bay
Tour was exactly as described. Not sure if it is always a rough ride heading to Anguilla, but it was our day. Service was good on board. Almost too good. Girls must have asked me 20 times if I wanted a drink. I said "no" 20 times. It was getting a bit annoying. Shoal Bay was beautiful, the drive was half hour up the coast. Captain was competent. Motored their and sailed most of the way back. Only other tidbit was tipping at the end. It was made clear to tip. Would take this trip again.
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beach was as advertised- as good as...
steven f, Jul 2016
Anguilla Day Trip from St Maarten: Catamaran Sail to Shoal Bay
beach was as advertised- as good as it gets- sadly hawkers and beggars roam this remote jewel lessening the experience- everything else was fine- worth the money
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captain was spot on, food and drinks...
Demetrios R, Mar 2016
Anguilla Day Trip from St Maarten: Catamaran Sail to Shoal Bay
captain was spot on, food and drinks where great and Anguilla, wow!!. Will be doing this again next year
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Took this Day Trip on March 18, 2014...
rain, Mar 2014
Anguilla Day Trip from St Maarten: Catamaran Sail to Shoal Bay
Took this Day Trip on March 18, 2014. Got picked-up from our Hotel at 7:45am to head over to Simpson Bay. At arrival, staff checked us in. Bring your passport. After a short wait, we took the “Tango” Catamaran and sailed to Anguilla. The ride over was great. It was smooth sailing on a perfect sunny day. You can sit on the back or in the front “rope” area. The “Tango” crew were friendly. They serve you with Rum Punch or beer and a snack (cheese and baguette). We arrived and docked in Cole Bay. You have the option to jump and swim over to shore or take a small motor boat to shore. We were driven across the island to Shoal Bay. White Sand and Clear Turquoise Water = AMAZING. It’s your free time so you do whatever you want. You can opt to just chill or snorkel (staff will provide the gear). Then we had lunch over at the small restaurant by the beach (included). Options were burger, chicken BBQ or ribs. Alcohol is at your own expense. Mid-afternoon, we headed back to Cole Bay to start sailing back to St. Maarten. Had a great time! Anguilla’s Shoal Bay is a must see beauty. Thanks to the "Tango" crew.
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Fantastic! Pick up from hotel...
Kim D, Jul 2014
Anguilla Day Trip from St Maarten: Catamaran Sail to Shoal Bay
Fantastic! Pick up from hotel on time, organized registration by local operator Aqua Mania. The crew was absolutely dedicated, cater to everybody's need and beyond, onboard as well as on shore. All staff was extremely pleasant and knowledgable, lunch was yummy, free drinks were flowing aboard the catamaran. Onto Anguilla, comfy air conditionned bus with sympatic driver, the island tour was fun with plenty of informations about local coutumes. Shoal Bay has pristine, fine sand, lots of sun chairs and almost 3 hours to snorkel...which was amazing. Equipment is included and snorkeling is right at the beach, really close, and beautiful.I would not only recommend this tour but I will do this tour again! Viator was great to deal with; I had a glitch in regard of St Barth tour which had to be cancelled, and Viator refunded with no hassles in a quick manner. I will book with Viator again.
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Wow, what a great day. I'm not sure...
Jessica Y, Feb 2017
Anguilla Day Trip from St Maarten: Catamaran Sail to Shoal Bay
Wow, what a great day. I'm not sure what more you could ask for except, maybe more time on the beach. The staff was wonderful and very accommodating. The trip was smooth sailing to Anguilla and after a short bus tour of Anguilla, we had some time on the beach and a delicious lunch, before a great sail back. Even an afternoon shower didn't put much of a damper on this day. The staff made sure that while you were on the catamaran you were not in need of a drink or snack. They did a wonderful job!!! Well done crew!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Local outfitters rent snorkeling, parasailing, and scuba-diving equipment.

  • Some guided tours that stop at Shoal Bay offer snorkeling equipment.

  • There’s limited shade at the beach, so remember to bring sunscreen and a hat; you can also rent a lounge chair with an umbrella.

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How to Get There

Shoal Bay is located in northeastern Anguilla. The best way to get around the island is by car or taxi; there is no public transportation. Anguilla has a small airport, but most international flights to the region arrive at and depart from nearby St. Maarten. Ferries, speedboats, and local flights take visitors between Anguilla and St. Maarten.

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When to Get There

High season in Anguilla is mid-December to mid-April, when the days are hot and sunny and all the bars and restaurants on the island are open. From May–July the weather can be very hot. June–November is hurricane season, and some businesses close for the duration.

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Visit Prickly Pear Cay

For a luxurious take on a desert island experience, join a full-day boat tour to the Prickly Pear Cays, located off the coast of Anguilla. You can lounge in the sun, go snorkeling along coral reefs full of wildlife, and enjoy a barbecue lunch on an unspoiled white sand beach.

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