Rendezvous Bay beach is perhaps the best of all Anguilla beaches to walk. The bay is a perfect sweep of soft white sand. On the Caribbean sea side of Anguilla, Rendezvous Bay gives you a breath taking view of St. Martin. No matter where you look, though, while you walk, the eye always seems to be pleased.
The water is clear and that perfect turquoise we all love, sun bright and sand soft. But, there is one problem with this beach which you will see later on...
We started our walk at the Anguilla hotel CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa. Park in their parking lot and look around. It is elegant, and right smack in the middle of the beach. We walked their gardens, admired their interesting style of villas, and the main lobby. (See video below for a full walk through of CuisinArt!)
After you finish exploring the main lobby, continue on through to the beach. Now, this is where we found the one problem!...
Which direction should we walk? Towards the East or towards the West? They both look so perfect! Oh well, flip a coin and let's start towards...
The Eastern side of the beach is truly breathtaking, a perfect relaxing walk. And it also provides the best bit of history on any of the Anguilla beaches. One of the oldest hotels on Anguilla is located here, the Rendezvous Bay Hotel. This hotel has been owned by Jeremiah Gumbs since 1962.
As one of Anguilla's first hotels (and I think it was the first on an Anguilla beach) it's charming in a truly Anguillian way. Mr. Gumbs was one of the revolutionaries who helped Anguilla obtain independent colony status in the late 1960's. You can stop in here if you like, to get a snack, or a meal (at their restaurant, The Place).
In the mid-to-late early 2000s Jeremiah's offspring decidedly closed Rendezvous Bay Hotel. Storms like Hurricane Omar didn't do much to help the property following the hotel's closing. Since then, however, they have re-opened the beachfront part of the hotel. The rooms are back in quality condition, with those picture-perfect views.
The New Rendezvous Bay Hotel
It is still as gorgeous as ever and former visitors to Rendezvous Bay Hotel adored it back in the day! Take a peek at this side of Rendezvous Bay via the video below.
The other hotel on this side of the beach is The Anguilla Great House. Also an older hotel with character, it's warm and cozy. So, if you get hot and thirsty, you can see that there's no shortage of restaurants... or places for my dad to grab a rum punch on this side of the beach. It is also home to the Sunshine Shack, a favorite for BBQ.
Sunshine Shack on Rendezvous Bay
Let's head back to the other side now...
Next up? Back to CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa. Right after that comes the Dune Preserve. There is not a cooler, funkier beach bar anywhere, let alone on any of the other Anguilla beaches!
The Dune is owned by a famous reggae artist, Mr. Bankie Banx. It sure is a treat when you show up and Bankie is around. He is one of the most interesting people you will ever meet. He performs weekly at The Dune and his spot has been named the #1 beach bar in the world by CNN. It is an absolute must-visit.
So.... which direction, east or west - on an Anguilla beach walk? We always have a tough time making that decision. Both sides are so special and inviting. You can't miss either one!