Carimar Beach Club - Meads Bay
by Larry Liang
(Sierra Madre, CA, USA)
The View From Our Balcony At Carimar, Rm#304
We were recently invited to Anguilla to visit our long time friend, Greg Winegar of Diamonds Intl. With lucky planning, we were fortunate enough to arrive during Carnival, with all of the boat racing, music, food, and the seas of people on different beaches for each of the boat racing related events. The most popular were Sandy Ground (shout-out to Elvis' on the Beach!), Meads Bay, and the Village.
Greg chose our Anguilla accommodations. He knows what we like and knew where to put us up. As a result, Carimar was chosen for us. I was somewhat leary at first, because we had never been to the island before, let alone to the Carimar Beach Club!
Carimar's staff are certainly some of the friendliest folks I have ever had the pleasure of meeting! The 'condo-styled' rentals were full with a kitchen complete with pots, pans, flatware, a toaster oven and more. This was a big plus for us, we like a simple breakfast and light night snacks. The room/apartment was fully read for our needs. They even provided a complementary bottle of rum!
The beach that Carimar opens up onto, Meads Bay, was of crystal blue azure, and literally a "stone's throw away" from our balcony. Their tennis courts were neat to have, but less inviting when you have clear waters to float in all day with your favorite rum drink! :-)
Although Carimar Beach Club does not have a restaurant, The Bistro is next store that serves lunch and tea. A little further up the road, if you feel adventurous, is B&D's BBQ stand. Oh my goodness, fresh coleslaw, with smoky BBQ ribs and freshly caught red snapper straight off the grill!... Yummy. We ate there twice during our stay.
And for you home/condo cooking types, just across from the BBQ stand is Christine Flemming's Mini Market for your grocer needs. Make certain to mind your manners and say hello, she'll talk your ear off with many interesting stories. She is a living history book!
One last restaurant... If you ever find yourself fortunate enough to land on this island gem, Carimar Beach Club, you must wonder up the beach towards "Banana's By The Sea", owned and operated by Bob and Dale. They are two of the most down to earth folks you'll ever have the fortune of meeting. Ask for the veal porthouse... and tell them GPS-Larry and Diamond-Greg sent you. You'll be greeted with a knowing smile and impeccable service!