Visiting Anguilla and its famed beaches has rarely been described as affordable but finding inexpensive dining and lodging options isn’t as difficult as you would think. Including under $100 options for overnight stays to sub $10 burgers, affordable Anguilla isn’t just a click bait headline – it’s a reality.
For those of you who prefer the most inexpensive room options possible, Sea View Apartments and Sydans in Sandy Ground are viable choices. The clean apartment-style rooms at Sea View, located just across the road from the beach, offer a separate bedroom(s) with a porch overlooking the salt pond, a living area and full kitchen – all for under $100, taxes and fees included. For those of you who prefer the bed and breakfast experience, Lloyd’s Bed and Breakfast in the Crocus Bay area offers easy access to the beach and signing privileges at da’Vida for around $150.
Inexpensive three star options offering more pampering also abound on Anguilla and include the Anacaona Boutique Hotel on Meads Bay and Anguilla Great House, located on Rendezvous Bay. While the Anacaona isn’t beachfront (it’s a short two minute walk), its property is lined with palm trees, it offers not one but two pools and the Mayoumba performance on Thusday nights is worth the price of admission alone. Request a third floor room for sweeping panoramas of Meads Bay. Prices run $170 in the low season, $280 during high season, plus taxes and fees.
The Anguilla Great House offers beachfront accommodations for about $20 more per night than the Anacaona and its close proximity to Garvey’s Sunshine Shack makes it a beach bar bum’s dream come true, offering inexpensive but delicious food and drink options just a few sandy steps away. Located at the southeast end of Rendezvous Bay, Anguilla Great House also sits on the same beach as the Dune Preserve which, when you add in how much taxi fares can be, makes it a great value for any beach bar aficionado.
Anguilla’s reputation as the culinary capital of the Caribbean isn’t limited to its toney resorts. For inexpensive dining options, try any of the locally owned restaurants, beach bars and food trucks that are becoming omnipresent on the island. Delectable dishes can be had at many of the food trucks lining the rapidly growing “Strip” in the Valley ($1 shots and $2 beers)and at any of a number of locally owned restaurants, including Roy’s Bayside Grill in Sandy Ground ($10 lunch specials and an apartment for rent from $500 – $700 a week!), Blanchards Beach Shack on Meads Bay, Smokey’s at the Cove on Cove Bay and the Bayside Grill at da’Vida (includes free shuttle service, saving you money on taxi fees).
Don’t forget your favorite beach bars when it comes to quieting your hunger pains. Many of the people preparing the food at these establishments trained under the chefs employed by the high end resorts on Anguilla and have taken what they learned from the marble floors to the sandy shores where the only aspect better than the food is the view. Among my favorites for beach bar eats are Elvis’ Beach Bar, Johnno’s Beach Stop in Sandy Ground and the aforementioned Sunshine Shack.