Anguilla is a top Caribbean destination for vacationers looking for sea, sand, and sun. The island has 33 amazing beaches and most of them offer plenty of opportunities to try out water sports. If you want to do more than sunbathe on a beach all week, here are some fun water sports you should definitely try when you visit Anguilla.
Most of the beaches are perfectly safe for swimming, with the exception of Captain’s Bay, which has some dangerous undertow currents. You can wade into the water and still be only knee deep several meters offshore. If you have kids, make sure you head to a busier beach with lifeguards, so if anyone does get into difficulties, help is on hand.
Snorkelling is a popular activity for visitors to Anguilla. The water is calm and visibility is usually very high. You don’t need much equipment to go snorkeling: just a mask, some fins, and a snorkel. Shoal Bay East is a popular spot for snorkeling. You can hire gear from one of several beach huts and the water is usually very calm and safe. Head to the reef near Elodias, where there are corals and sea fans. Let the current take you to the reef, where you will see parrotfish, ocean sturgeon, snappers, wrasses, and grunts. Sandy Hill Bay and Meads Bay are also great for snorkeling.
Don’t forget to try scuba diving on Anguilla. The island has some outstanding dive sites, and if you have time, you can book a PADI Open Water Diver course.
Kitesurfing has become hugely popular on Anguilla. Cove Bay is the top kitesurfing spot on Anguilla, it’s quiet, and winds are consistent. If you haven’t tried this sport before, it’s a good idea to book some lessons. There is a bit of a learning curve, but once you get the hang of it you’ll have the time of your life. You won’t be expected to jump into the sea until you’re ready to!
Sailing is Anguilla’s national sport, so there are lots of charter companies on the island. The island hosts several sailboat racing events and many aficionados travel from overseas to take part. You can charter a boat and explore the sea around the island: the waters of Dog Island and Prickly Pear Cays are popular with sailors. If you’re not comfortable sailing, rent a charter with a skipper and relax while someone else does all the hard work.
Stand-up paddleboarding is another popular sport on Anguilla. The calm waters are perfectly suited for it, and it’s a great workout. You can hire boards from local outlets on the main beaches or rent one from a water sports company. Most rental companies will deliver your board to wherever you are staying, from Anguilla villas to hotels and guest houses. Just make sure to check before you pay. Also known as “SUP” this activity is a great way to watch out for marine life and learn more about the island.
Glass-Bottom Kayak Tours
Glass-bottom kayaks are perfect for beginners. Join a tour and let your guide show you some of the best spots on the island, or rent a kayak and explore on your own!