By: Kristin Bourne
Rendezvous Bay is my favorite beach. Not just my favorite Anguilla beach, but my favorite beach in the world.
Rendezvous Bay Anguilla sits on the south western side of Anguilla and is a semi-circle of perfection.
Crazy as it sounds, I felt drawn to it before I ever set a foot in Anguilla.
I had a dream of being in the sea at Rendezvous Bay. I could distinctly feel the silky sand beneath my feet and the satiny cool water, dense around me. The most brilliant color of blue for miles.
Amazingly enough, this is exactly what I found when I stepped foot on Rendezvous Bay.
From time to time you'll see creativity
at work, by beachwalkers at "Little Stonehenge"
on the western end of the bay
Rendezvous is usually very calm however it varies a bit from end to end. Each section provides its own special powers of beauty.
On this walk, I start at the western end and walk to the eastern end of Rendezvous Bay.
Go past the entrance to CuisinArt, and you will arrive at Bankie Banx's Dune Preserve.
This is where this Anguilla beach walk starts...
My favorite way to access and experience a vista of Rendezvous is at the western end, at Bankie Banx's Dune Preserve, rated the #1 beach bar in the world by CNN.
Bankie is a local celebrity musician and welcoming host. "The Dune" is an ideal spot to sit and have a drink, eat some lunch or dinner and take in the panorama of Rendezvous Bay with St. Martin in the background.
It is a genuine breath-taker.
If you walk to the right from The Dune, you will reach the western end of Rendezvous Bay. You will be able to see the Temenos project over the dunes to the right.
That end of the bay ends around some rocks and is the more rugged end of the bay, if you can call any part of Rendezvous rugged.
walking from The Dune Preserve
Walking back to the left, back past The Dune Preserve, you will be heading in the direction of CuisinArt, you can't miss it.
CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa is the higher-end property that sits on Rendezvous Bay. It's Moroccan-style, white buildings stand out as they line the beach.
CuisinArt will also have plenty of chairs and umbrellas set up on the beach for their guests, as well as some fun sea gear like Hobie Cats, kayaks, and floats.
CuisinArt features a nice beach bar, right on Rendezvous Bay. If you go inside the resort, there are dining options for lunch and dinner. Nori has reported on the CuisinArt restaurant formerly known as Famiglia, and currently known as Mediterraneo here.
After you've passed CuisinArt there is nothing until you reach the Sunshine Shack.
It is a stark contrast to the luxurious CuisinArt setting in that it is a little shack right on the sand. Very unpretentious, very casual, and very cute.
Many people spend the day here. The owner, Garvey, is a terrific bartender and a fun person to be around.
I've heard that even though opening hours are posted for late morning that he tends to arrive a little later than that.
This is part of the laid-back Caribbean way.
Suppose you did show up before him... He's in a great spot, on an amazing beach, and you were probably not in a hurry any way if the Sunshine Shack is your destination. Sit back and enjoy the view and you are sure to be greeted shortly.
Not too much farther on down the beach from the Sunshine Shack is The Anguilla Great House, aka Great House.
It is the quaint and moderate accommodation on Rendezvous Bay.
Looking at The Anguilla Great House from the eastern side
Beach access next to The Anguilla Great House
Anguilla Great House has a restaurant and they serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner. This is a great spot to "set up camp" for the day if you are not staying on Rendezvous Bay.
Their lounge chair rental (no umbrellas) is a fair price at $5 US per person.
If you didn't bring your lunch with you, can eat there, walk to the Sunshine Shack, walk to CuisinArt, or The Dune Preserve for refueling!
The Great House property joins the beach with a line of beautiful palm trees for that ultimate nap on the beach scenario.
Also at this spot is another good and easy way to access Rendezvous Bay if you aren't staying on this particular beach (see the photo above), and just want to walk the beach.
Follow the signs on the main road down to Great House, and then hang stay left until you see a rather large parking lot. The walk to the beach from the parking lot is minimal and before you know it, your toes are in the sand.
If you can tear yourself away from the willowy palms at The Great House, the rest of the stretch is business-free for the moment.
Former sales center from the clear blue sea
(today, it is home to The Place)
The Rendezvous Salt Pond starts just on the other side of the sand and runs almost the rest of the length of the beach.
The beach does not have another building on it until you reach a small former sales center building for a high-end project that is not currently being pursued.
If you are looking toward the sea or straight ahead, you would hardly notice it the little white building.
Saba in the distance
Look out to your right, to the sea, you can still see St. Martin from this side of the bay and on a clear day you can see the island of Saba.
Saba will appear on the other side of St. Martin (the flat part) and looks like the volcano that it is.
If you are curious, you can read much more about Saba here.
As you continue, you will notice that typically the water seems to lap the shore more like a lake on the eastern half. It is very calm and makes for easy swimming.
The Rendezvous Bay Hotel beach villas
The next and last set of buildings you find is the former Rendezvous Bay Hotel.
This was the first place I ever stayed when I started coming to Anguilla. I loved every single thing about it.
It has unfortunately taken a beating in many ways over the past several years.
The last weather to disrupt its well-being was Hurricane Earl, and Omar before that.
Nevertheless, this stretch of beach in front of this property is still as amazing as ever as is the entire wonderful expanse of Rendezvous Bay.
In regards to the property, I can only hope that new and similar life will once again be breathed back in to Rendezvous Bay Hotel, my first Anguilla home.
As of November 1st, 2014, Rendezvous Bay Hotel has re-opened as Rendezvous Bay Hotel. Their beachfront units are currently available and are as picture-perfect as ever.
Still much fun can be had here. There is snorkeling around the rocks on this eastern end of the bay.
The beach may stop, but the bay continues on around a bit farther.
Catch a sunset from this end at it sets across the bay... The perfect end to the perfect day on a perfect beach :-)