Island Harbour is the easternmost village on Anguilla. This is where we will be staying for most of our time on the island. We chose this location primarily because we found a very attractive apartment there for a reasonable price. The supply of reasonably priced accommodation on Anguilla is quite small.
Island Harbour is still a working fishing village. It has one modest hotel (The Arawak Beach Inn). In the middle of the Island Harbour bay, a two minute ride from the Island Harbour dock, is a really tiny island called Scilly Cay. This place, according to one review, has no power but opens on Wednesdays and Fridays as a simple but expensive barbecue restaurant. Most reviews of this place say that it is very expensive but worth it, if only because of the view.
Surprisingly for a little village this far from the center of the island, TripAdvisor lists half a dozen restaurants. One restaurant, called “On Da Rocks”, is just a stones throw from our apartment and has a rooftop deck looking out over the bay. Another place called Hibernia combines a restaurant and an art gallery. The food there, which appears to favor Thai recipes, gets very good reviews.
We will need to decide whether we will rent a car for our entire stay. If there really are nice beaches within easy walking distance plus a selection of restaurants, then we may get a car just for the first few days.
However, just five kilometers west of Island Harbour is “Shoal Bay East”. This is one of the most popular beaches on the island. It is often described as being one of the best beaches in the world. Quite a few people take a day trip over from Saint Martin just to hang out at Shoal Bay East. This beach has several bars and restaurants … but it is probably just a bit far to walk and I am not sure how easy it would be to get a taxi for this short ride.