Taking the Long View
I was born in Anguilla and have a lot of love for this small island. This paradise is filled with beautiful landscapes, world-class cuisine and friendly people. What I love most about Anguilla, however, are the beaches. Ten are well-known for their beauty and receive many visitors. However, the island has over three times as many. I consider myself a “Beach Hunter” and enjoy exploring the other beaches for their uniqueness, natural design and unspoiled beauty.
Something special about Anguilla’s hidden beaches sets them apart. Aside from the ever-changing colour of the water and the texture of the warm sand beneath your feet; the sounds, the smells, and even the taste of salty air give you a totally immersed experience of being one with nature in its unspoiled splendour Many of Anguilla’s beaches are not easily found, nor are they very accessible. However, if you can make your way to one of these gems, you will be rewarded with an unforgettable experience.
One such hidden treasure is Long Bay Beach. With very limited options for accessing the beach over land, it is easier to get there by boat. A narrow, pebbled path on the western end offers the best way to get down to the sand. Leading down a gentle slope, the path ends by opening up to a view of a beautiful, flat, white sandy beach with clear blue waters of different shades. There is also a clear view of Sandy Island and Prickly Pear Cays to the north. Quite picturesque, the beach provides no trees for shade, but it is the perfect place for those who love the sun and a fantastic sunset. The cliffs to the east turn a lovely reddish colour from the setting sun.
Long Bay is essentially two beaches: a white sandy beach to the west, and a rockier beach a short distance from the shoreline to the east. The rocky beach is part of a long reef that stretches the entire length of the sandy beach and acts as a natural barrier against the strong waves of the Atlantic Ocean to the north, and is perfect for swimming enthusiasts. The water depth on the inside of the reef can be anywhere between 4 to 6 feet making snorkelling quite easy. This tranquil zone is also perfect for finding one-of-a-kind seashells. The colours of the water change dramatically from a sea green and turquoise to a dark blue.
Typically a good sign of an untouched marine habitat, I noticed plentiful, large and colourful fish around the reef on my snorkelling excursion. The seclusion of this shoreline has preserved it from the intrusive hand of Man that can be seen and felt in other, more frequented, beaches. The lizards, crabs and insects that call this place home, scurry away at the sight of human intruders. It seemed as if Mother Nature wanted to keep her beautiful secret untainted, as the tide was ever eager to erase my footprints and in a matter of minutes it was like I was never there. I have only been to this beach on three occasions, but I’ve now made a vow to no longer be a stranger.
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