Tucked away on the quiet side of Shoal Bay East, Tropical Sunset is a top choice if you're seeking relaxation, peace, beach chairs, hammocks, good food and drinks, and at reasonable prices.
More on Tropical Sunset, below...
Shoal Bay East is loved by all, from CondeNast travel writers, to tourists, to locals. Beauty aside, it has plenty to offer.
Lunch until around 4pm
Shoal Bay is a long and wide stretch of beach facing northwest.
The beach has an elbow bend (referred to as "the bend") that leads to another stretch of sand facing northeast.
Here, a completely different but equally amazing view if offered.
Shoal Bay may be the "busiest" beach on the island, which is still "quiet" compared to beaches around the Caribbean.
This beach, more than any other beach on Anguilla, has plenty of umbrellas and loungers available for rent.
If you want to experience Shoal Bay, have lunch, and enjoy loungers and umbrellas away from the bevy, try Tropical Sunset!
As you step out of the car, your feet soften into the powdery-white sands of Shoal Bay East. The tall grape trees frame the sandy pathway to the restaurant. Relaxing reggae rings in your ears as you soak in the openness of this beachfront restaurant. Sweet sea air easily passes through the open-air restaurant.
Lush Landscape at Tropical Sunset
The restaurant offers covered seating inside the simple, unpretentious Caribbean restaurant. For a vivid sea view, dine outside on the open deck. No matter where you sit, though, Tropical Sunset's casual, relaxed feel sinks right in and that ideal location on Shoal Bay is always in view.
Dining on the Open Deck
Tranquility surrounds you here on this part of Shoal Bay East.
Not only does Tropical Sunset tout a desirable location, set apart from the other businesses, they also serve good food.
The menu has a variety of options, from salads and sandwiches (including a hamburger and fish sandwich) to combos (ribs and chicken), to a grilled fish entree and lobster.
They also have a daily specials menu that is written on a chalk board. On it, you'll find items such as crab fritters and coconut crusted snapper.
Their regular menu features excellent seafood eats, including...
Fresh Grilled Snapper
And two outstanding conch dishes...
Shells opened on the side of the restaurant, it is ultra-fresh. The citrus marinade is the conch's perfect complement.
If it's cooked conch you prefer, Tropical Sunset's cracked conch hooks you from first bite.
A rarity in Anguilla, Tropical Sunset is one of the few Anguilla restaurants that serve this Bahamian favorite.
When it comes to non-seafood options, Tropical Sunset's BBQ and burgers answer any call.
Chicken & Rib Combo
The BBQ is seasoned to perfection, in classic Caribbean style! It is served with island rice and peas, coleslaw and plantain.
Bring your appetite for the Tropical Sunset burger. Bacon, cheese and mushrooms with sliced lettuce, tomato and pickles top the beef patty and fluffy bun.
Tropical Sunset Burger
To top it all off, Tropical Sunset has one of the best pina coladas on the island. They make it from scratch and you can taste it!
Frost Strawberry Daiquiri & Pina Colada
The pina colada is only rivaled by the strawberry daiquiri. Thick in consistency, it's rich in very berry flavor! The plump cherry on top of the semi-frozen juices is literally the cherry on top. The price is right too.
The prices at this Anguilla restaurant are very fair overall. The highest priced entree is the lobster at $38 US. That may be one of the lower priced lobsters I've seen for beachfront dining (with exception to the $5 lobsters you'll see during Anguilla's Festival del Mar).
Pina colada in hand, following lunch it's time for...
It's a relaxing way to spend your afternoon... dine on terrific seafood, indulge in a post-food nap in the shade of your umbrella or the shade of a sea grape tree, then cool off in Shoal Bay blue. How does it get better than that? I'll tell you! ;-)
Tropical Sunset even has hammocks...
Swaying among sea grape trees, it is a peaceful escape. After a good nap drifting off to the sound of rustling leaves and gently breaking ocean waves, the unbelievable view of Anguilla’s turquoise waters beckons you. Here, the sea stretches out with an ombre effect of gradually darkening shades of blue.
Those Shoal Bay Blues
Anguilla is a true tropical paradise, and Tropical Sunset showcases it all so effortlessly on a desirable sliver of Shoal Bay, at a competitive price and with hospitable service.
Directions: Tropical Sunset opens around 9:30am and starts closing up shop around 5pm.
To reach it by automobile, drive toward Shoal Bay as though you are going down to Uncle Ernie's. Before you reach the beach, you will see a Tropical Sunset sign on a newly paved road.
Take that left on the paved road and then take a right (which is marked with another sign) and drive down that dirt road to the sea. You can park anywhere and will see Tropical Sunset sitting beautifully amidst the sea grape trees.
The beach is yours!
If you are already on Shoal Bay and want to walk, just head west! Tropical Sunset is painted white with blue accents and will have anywhere from 5-8 chair/umbrellas set up along with a few picnic-style tables on the sand.
Relax, enjoy and stick around for the "Tropical Sunset" which you will be able to see off to your left!
Good for a quiet day on Shoal Bay East, Tropical Sunset is tucked away from the busier parts of Shoal Bay.
Hours: Everyday for lunch, 9:30am-5pm.
More Info: Free parking, free WiFi, $10 for 2 beach chairs and 1 umbrella.