Hidden Anguilla: Long Bay
|From the Anguilla Local News - Site Map.|
"We find this beach to be very scenic, especially when the bluffs at the east end light up in the late afternoon sun near day's end. We rarely encounter fellow beachcombers/swimmers - only an occasional fisherman." So writes Greg Futoma of Wallingford, Connecticut. He suggests Long Bay as a "Hidden Anguilla" topic.
Long Bay has perfect sunsets, beautiful cliffs in the late afternoon (picture), a small pond and a couple of scenic palm trees (picture). The sandy beach is effectively divided into two beaches by some protuding rocks that extend into the water.
There are at least 3 roads to the beach at Long Bay. Coming from The Valley direction, you turn right off the main road at the Long Bay Vilage road (to Malliouhana hotel). The easiest route is probably to go past Mahogany Tree Park into Long Bay Village. Go over the speed bump and turn right on the straight gravel road at the Travelling Post Office sign (also a new sign to "Oliver's Seaside Grill, opening soon). Halfway down the road you will see a dirt road to the right. Follow it to a clearing near the left edge of the pond. Park and follow the easy trail 50 yards to the left edge of the east part of the beach.
Or, turn right after the Mahogany Tree Park at the small adandoned church and the roadside water spigot down a dirt road. Keep to the right and after a short ways the road will take a 90 degree turn to the right - find a spot to pull over and park here. At the point of the turn, a very rough road continues a few hundred feet. Walk this to the open field, and cross to the far west corner. A moderately steep path will take you down to the right edge of the east part of the beach. Wear sturdy shoes and enjoy.
Or, to reach the west part of the beach, continue through the Village
and turn right just before the Carib Cafe restaurant, straight
over the hill.
On your left is the back of Malliouhana hotel. In front of you is
a new house and the beach.
Revised: August 31, 1997
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