By: Kristin Bourne
As the sun beats down on Rendezvous Bay beach, sunshine beams from Garvey and his Sunshine Shack, too!
Welcome to The Sunshine Shack
The Sunshine Shack, locally referred to as "Garvey's", is co-owned and operated by a man who brightens everyone's day with his smile. Garvey is welcoming and sweet-talking. He is chipper, he even sings while he works!
So, what exactly is the Sunshine Shack?
Small, wooden, painted white, and decorated with local scenes and accented with reds, greens, and golds, the Sunshine Shack is a cute, humble watering hole.
Sunshine Shack Grilling Area & View
Opened in 2008, it sits on the sugary sand of one of Anguilla's most glorious beaches, Rendezvous Bay. If you'd like, you can "take a walk" down Rendezvous Bay, here.
Rustic stools, chairs, and tables are under and surrounding the covered bar area.
Sunshine Shack Bar
Beach chairs and umbrellas are available if you want to spend the afternoon and lounge.
Sunshine Shack Rendezvous Beach View
At the Sunshine Shack you can refresh with ice cold beers and cocktails or refuel with lunch from the BBQ.
It is an ideal spot for an afternoon, loved and frequented by many visitors to Anguilla.
Garvey's Famous Rum Punch
When it comes to drinks, there are two cocktails that are Garvey's extra-special specialty!
The Banana Bailey's Colada (aka the BBC) and the Island's Cream Dream.
Garvey Serenades :-)
Soon after drinks are served, it is not uncommon to see Garvey grab his guitar and serenade his guests.
That combination of cocktails and tunes draws many to Garvey's. The crowd at The Sunshine Shack varies.
Sometimes you'll find it has different groups of tourists from all over the world.
Locals frequent Garvey's spot, too. Elvis himself has been spotted at Garvey's on his day off.
Garvey makes everyone feel welcomed and at home at The Sunshine Shack.
Drinks ordered, what's for lunch?
The menu includes such items as BBQ ribs, BBQ chicken, BBQ ribs & chicken combo, lobster and broiled snapper.
Sides include some tasty local options like rice and peas, coleslaw, green salad with avocado, plantain and fries.
Grilled Lobster & Fries With a View
Food prices vary depending on whether you're coming for dinner or lunch (dinner is by reservation only), and depending on what you order.
My tip? Order the chicken & rib combo. Garvey's BBQ is unlike any other BBQ we have had yet!
BBQ Chicken & Ribs Combo
The tender meat is loaded with smokey, charcoal flavor. The best part? It literally slides off the bone. There is magic in Garvey's BBQ.
Watching Garvey prepare the BBQ right there on the beach sure gets the stomach rumbling.
Garvey at The Grill
Garvey's Colorful Bar
Adorned with Photos of Friends & License Plates
... it can be anything you want it to be!
A laid-back lunch? Check.
An intimate beachside dinner? Check.
Afternoons of cocktails with live tunes? Check, check, check.
Want to join in on the live music? If you want to pick up a guitar and jam, too, please do!
In addition to scheduled weekly live music, spontaneous musical jam sessions are the norm.
You can even play a round of dominoes and cornhole, too.
And, if you want to do nothing at all... to simply relax and listen to the sound of the sea? You can do that, too at The Sunshine Shack!
Ahhh... Those Rendezvous Blues
View of Sunshine Shack as you approach from The Anguilla Great House
If you are staying at either of those hotels, you can easily walk. Sunshine Shack is between Anguilla Great House and CuisinArt.
If you are driving from elsewhere on the island, drive as though you are going to The Anguilla Great House. Turn off the main road and follow the stretch of road that goes past the salt pond. Take the right at Anguilla Great House's sign and follow the road that goes past the hotel (do not turn left into Anguilla Great House). About 50 yards later you will see a white villa on the right and a left turn. Take that turn. You're at Garvey's!
Good for laid-back beach afternoons of music, good food and cold drinks, all with your toes in the sand, overlooking St. Martin.
Hours: Daily for lunch and drinks. Dinner by reservations only. Closed Tuesday.