10 Places for a Beach Lunch in Anguilla

10 Places for a Beach Lunch in Anguilla

Lunch Locales Where Dining Gets You a Lounger on Anguilla

If you’re heading to Anguilla, there’s no doubt that beach hopping is on your list. An island famed for having the best beaches in the Caribbean, there’s no shortage of stunning white sand beaches to soak up the sun. Whether you’re staying at a luxe beachfront hotel or an off-the-beaten-path villa, one of the things Anguilla has going in a major way is amazing lunch locales with loungers available for patrons, which gives visitors to the island a perfect opportunity to scope out different beaches over lunch while getting some sun in the process. Below, I’m sharing 10 places for a beach lunch in Anguilla – in no particular order! – for your next getaway. Many of these spots do take lunch reservations so book in advance, especially during high season, to avoid missing out.

Jacala Restaurant, Meads Bay

Dining in Anguilla: Jacala Restaurant

1Always my go-to on the island for a drawn-out rosé-fueled beach lunch in Anguilla, Jalaca never fails to dazzle with its Meads Bay location, excellent cuisine, and European slant. For those that love that European lunch vibe, Jacala ticks all the boxes, plus ups the ante on that European lunch by delivering on a world-class beach setting. Plus: Jacala is the one restaurant on the island that provides towels to diners so come early to get a chair and plan on whiling the day away on Meads.

WHAT TO ORDER: Don’t miss the tuna carpaccio or lobster club, both stapes for Jacalaphiles. For wine, go with rosé or a crisp white, or opt for a ‘ti punch in true French Caribbean fashion.

Sunshine Shack, Rendezvous Bay

10 Places for a Beach Lunch in Anguilla

2For BBQ lovers, look no further than Sunshine Shack on Rendezvous Bay, where the red, green, and yellow umbrellas act as your beacon. Perfect for a casual beach bar feel, Garvey and his team at SSS dole out Caribbean classics like ribs and chicken, fresh grilled snapper, and rice and peas. Spend an afternoon playing cornhole or the ring toss game, or just bask in the sun with a rum punch in hand.

WHAT TO ORDER: Garvey is famous for his ribs, while pescatarians (like yours truly) can opt for a local snapper — but be prepared to practice your deboning skills!

Elodia’s, Shoal Bay

10 Places for a Beach Lunch in Anguilla

3Elodia’s is located at the tip of Shoal Bay, where that iconic point juts into the sea; blinding white sand on turquoise water dotted with picture-perfect palms.  After a brief hiatus, Elodia’s has returned and offers a range of lunch offerings including great salads for those who need a light, fresh bite. Guests have access to the beach chairs where you can spend the day alternating between sipping rum punch and dipping in the sea.

WHAT TO ORDER: For those wanting something on the lighter side, opt for their mahi salad with loads of fresh fish and greens!

Scilly Cay, Island Harbour

10 beach lunches in Anguilla, Scilly Cay

4Scott’s been going to Scilly Cay since he was two years old. In fact, when the owners of Scilly Cay stumbled upon an old photo album with three little tanned boys playing on the beach on the island, they quickly discovered that it was Scott alongside of their two sons toddling around in the shallow seas. Flash forward nearly four decades and we’re on that same sandy beach with our one-year-old, noshing on the same lobster of Bon Appetit fame, and the chicken that Scott still describes as a contender for his last meal. Located on a teensy tiny island off of the shore of Island Harbour, guests get picked up by ferry from the pier and take a quick 3-minute ride over to Scilly Cay. Open Wednesdays and Sundays, it continues to be a staple in our repertoire and one of Kaia’s favorite beaches to play and a perfect place for a beach lunch in Anguilla with beach chairs for sunning and plenty of shade for those that need it.

WHAT TO ORDER: Portions are sizeable so we order a chicken/lobster combo to share along with a side of spicy pasta salad for Kaia. Order their famous (and famously strong) rum punch for the perfect pairing — and pace yourself!

Da’ Vida, Crocus Bay

10 Places for a Beach Lunch in Anguilla

5Equipped with fantastically comfortable beach chairs on Crocus Bay, da’ Vida is a great spot for families with kids given ample shade, plus the option to rent kayaks and stand-up paddleboards from the water sports station. Calvin, who offers boat roads over to Little Bay, has his outpost at the entrance to da’ Vida as well for those keen on visiting Little Bay without a half-day boat trip. We find da ‘Vida great with groups wanting a beach lunch in Anguilla as well. Call in advance to have it all organized for your arrival!

WHAT TO ORDER: Don’t miss the shrimp Caesar pizza – great for sharing! – and grab a frozen mojito to cool down on a sizzling day.

Want more inspiration for Anguilla? Read my post on 25 Things to Do in Anguilla!

Straw Hat Restaurant, Meads Bay

10 Places for a Beach Lunch in Anguilla

6Located at Frangipani Beach Resort, Straw Hat is a go-to for visitors across the island as one of the few outposts that offer breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days per week. You’ll find those who rave about their breakfast (Johnny cake benedict, anyone?) and those that adore the beachfront dinner, but I find their lunches stand out here with options like a tuna banh mi or poké bowl on offer. Located smack-dab in the middle of Meads, Straw Hat is the perfect place to spend the day on one of Anguilla’s most famous stretches. Post up for a long lunch with a Caribbean cocktail or a bottle of wine, and walk either direction on the beach to see the upscale hotels and restaurants dotted along the famous stretch. On-site at Frangipani, don’t miss a shopping spree at Petals Boutique for Anguilla-themed items to take home (say hi if you see me!)

WHAT TO ORDER: Go for a beach classic like the spicy mahi sandwich, and try their Ti Punch or their beloved Kool Me Off. 

Trattoria Tramonto, Shoal Bay West

Trattoria Tramonto, 10 Places for a Beach Lunch in Anguilla

7When I want that I’m back in Europe feel, there are two places on my shortlist: Jacala (for the I’m back in France vibe) and Trattoria Tramonto (for the I’m back in Italy vibe). Go early and grab beach chairs to enjoy Shoal Bay West with an Aperol Spritz or a frosé in hand before ordering an Italian-inspired lunch. For those searching for shells – shockingly hard to find on Anguilla’s powdery sands – Shoal Bay West is also a great go-to beach for shell hunting.

WHAT TO ORDER: If you’re dining with a partner who’s up for sharing, split the tuna carpaccio and a panini, and wash it down with a bottle of white wine or an Aperol Spritz.

Blanchard’s Beach Shack, Meads Bay

Blanchard's Beach Shack, 10 Places for a Beach Lunch in Anguilla

8One of the island’s more casual outposts, Blanchard’s Beach Shack is Blanchard’s most casual sister for a beach lunch in Anguilla where diners can opt for salads, burgers, and tacos on beloved Meads Bay. Meads has the highest concentration of top-notch dining on the island so travelers can enjoy some of the islands’ most high-end lunch options along barefoot beachy classics like this. BBS is a go-to for locals, expats, and tourists so go early to grab a chair and enjoy the day. Perfect for families traveling with kids in tow! Note that beach chairs are not complimentary here but at $5 each for a chair + umbrella, they’re a steal.

WHAT TO ORDER: Everyone has their go-to here but mine is the goal cheese salad on kale which is a can’t-miss for me. For the ultimate in vacay mode, opt for one of their frozen cocktails.

Olas, Shoal Bay

Olas, 10 Places for a Beach Lunch in Anguilla

9For those in search of salty casual beach vibes on one of the world’s most famous beaches, Olas brings Mexican fare to Shoal Bay with tacos and quesadillas, plus margaritas served up in Mason jars. With Shoal Bay’s eternal beauty a draw for visitors, a visit to Olas is a great way to enjoy a day on this stunning stretch. Full disclosure: there aren’t many chairs here so go early if you are keen on spending the day so you wrangle your set of chairs before they get scooped up!

WHAT TO ORDER: Don’t miss the Mexican must-haves: mahi tacos + a zesty margarita!

Roy’s Bayside Grill, Sandy Ground

Sandy Ground ,Anguilla

10Sandy Ground often gets overlooked in the beach discussion, but it’s a beautiful stretch that’s a playground for little ones given the calm water and shallow entry to the sea. Family owned and operated for 40 years, Roy’s Bayside Grill is situated beachfront in Sandy Ground so parents can enjoy a leisurely late breakfast or a long lunch while kids play in the sand. With beach chairs available fo use, it’s a great place to while away the day, watching the boats come and go from the harbour.

WHAT TO ORDER: An English pub-inspired outpost, Roy’s is famous for their fish & chips. If you’re keen on a sunset cocktail, check out their Happy Hour specials during the week.  If you’re in Anguilla over the holiday season, don’t miss their egg nog selection, which is second to none.


Island lovers, where’s your favorite spot for a long beach lunch in Anguilla?

Shannon Kircher, The Wanderlust Effect

 

 

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Shannon Kircher is the founder and editor of The Wanderlust Effect. Founded in 2009, she has continued to document her international escapes as an expat in Europe and the Caribbean. Additionally, Shannon is the founder of Compass & Vine, a luxury boutique travel design firm, and is the Director of Marketing for the Frangipani Beach Resort. Shannon holds an MSc in Social Policy and Development from the London School of Economics and is a current candidate for WSET Level 3 in Wines & Spirits.