Anegada is a coral island that is in stark contrast to its mountainous sister islands in the Virgin Islands. It is approximately eleven miles long by two and a half miles wide and after all almost flat. It is the second largest of the British Virgin Islands. You will see extensive salt ponds, reaching their highest point at 28 feet. Hence its name, which means the “flooded land.” Of coral reef origins, Anegada has 16 miles of beautiful sandy beaches and clear springs bubbling from coral beds.
When visiting the British Virgin Islands keep in mind that hurricane season runs from June through November. In the winter you will experience sunny skies, pleasant breezes, and very little rain. In fact, temperatures will be from the low 70’s to the low 80’s. But it is also the most popular season to visit the BVI. Spring is a wonderful time of the year to visit Anegada. The weather will be fantastic and for the most part deals on airfare and accommodations are more abundant.
Places to See
- Cow Wreck Beach – Located on the north shore of Anegada, Cow Wreck Beach is a beautiful spot to relax, swim and snorkel. The beach was named for the cow bones that washed up on the beach after ships carrying these animals to the islands wrecked on its reefs. Then after soaking in the sun, stop by the Cow Wreck Beach Bar for lunch, dinner, or a beverage.
- Loblolly Bay Beach – Loblolly Beach is a gorgeous stretch of white sand beach on the north shore of Anegada. This is arguably the best beach on the island for snorkeling. Swim over the reefs to explore the colorful angelfish, parrotfish, and natural coral. There are a few small caves as well as a wreck to view. The restaurant “Big Bamboo” is located here if you want to take a break from the sun and surf to enjoy a delicious meal. This is also an excellent spot for beachcombing. Walk the long beach to collect beautiful shells and view the island flora and fauna
- Jack Bay Beach – Jack Bay Beach is yet another wonderful spot to swim, snorkel and relax on beautiful Anegada. Located just west of Loblolly Beach, this is a peaceful and relaxing spot
Things To Do
- Snorkeling – find abundant parrotfish and other colorful marine life along Horseshoe Reef. The northern end of the island offers magnificent reefs and clear blue water for fabulous snorkeling.
- Scuba Diving – The waters here are famous for wreck diving. Anegada is “guarded” by the famous Horseshoe Reef to its southeast. Due to it being eighteen miles long, it is one of the world’s largest coral reefs and the longest in the Caribbean. Horseshoe Reef has claimed more than 300 hundred shipwrecks which made it well known for wreck diving.
- Deep-Sea Fishing – Anegada is an ideal spot for game fish such as bonefish, tarpon, snook, jacks, and barracuda.
- Hiking – Find wild orchids, feathery sea lavender, and frangipani. On Bones Bight nature trail you might find the endangered and rare Anegada rock iguana.
- Bird Watching – Nutmeg Point a treasured area for bird lovers
- Beach walking – Beach lovers will find long beautiful deserted white sand beaches
- Watch Flamingos – The island’s large salt ponds are home to hundreds of roseate flamingos. You can of course observe these rosy-colored birds that roam free here, from the observation deck at Flamingo Pond.
- Dining. Anegada is famous for its fresh fish and delicious lobster. Some favorite restaurants to try include Anegada Beach Club Restaurant. Fine dining for lunch and dinner. And of course, they offer fantastic lobster dishes. Wonky Dog. A popular destination for boaters since they have a dinghy dock. It is located on the water’s edge at Benders Point. Very laid-back dining with seafood dishes and drinks on their roof-top bar and dining area. The Lobster Trap. You cannot possibly get lobster any fresher than at the Lobster Trap, fresh from the trap! Pull up to the restaurant’s dinghy dock and enjoy waterfront dining. Lunch is available without a reservation, but like most restaurants on Anegada, dinner reservations are highly recommended. Cow Wreck Beach Bar. Sit right on the beach in one of their colorful Adirondack chairs and savor their wonderful conch fritters. Order a “Cowkiller” which is their creative take on the famous BVI “painkiller”.
Marinas and Anchorages
Anegada does not have any marinas. You will find designated anchorage sites and moorings at Tortola and Virgin Gorda. Both have active yacht clubs and facilities to accommodate even mega-yachts. These marinas offer water and fuel stations. Since Anegada is only about 18 miles northwest of Virgin Gorda it is an easy sail on a good day.