Do You Recognize Crocus Bay?
Anguilla has so many beaches that it is a
challenge to identify them all.
Last issue we asked readers to identify the beach
pictured to the right.
The first answer to come in had a great story about a dog
and pelican on Katouche Bay, but unfortunately that was
the wrong answer. The second answer from
Christine in Vancouver was
I just love every issue of The Anguilla News. My guess, as the
overachiever tourist, is Crocus Bay.
This classic beach is the closest to Anguilla's capital, The Valley. Crocus Bay is the site of an historic invasion by the French in 1745, as well as a protected anchorage for fisherman and yachstmen.
The next correct answer came from Frank and Rosa Bombino
in Puerto Rico
Crocus Bay picture link.
Greetings from Puerto Rico. That beach is Crocus Bay,
from where you can get a boat ride to Little Bay,
enjoy snorkeling on the right hand side of the beach
as you come down the hill or enjoy some fish and chips at Roy's.
When me and my wife go there we are usually the only ones at the beach.
Please do not spoil it by recommending it to tourists.
Hit the link below for a photo of my wife Rosa at Crocus Bay.
San Juan, PR
Crocus Bay picture link.
The most detailed reply was from
Say "hello" to Calvin, who runs a water
taxi to Little Bay, walk to the beach, turn left and keep walking. You
will need sturdy sandals if you intend to climb over the rocks to look
Many yachtsmen also anchor in Crocus Bay, so you will probably see some
gorgeously expensive yachts at anchor.
You are standing at Crocus Bay with your back to Roy's Restaurant and
looking toward Masara Resort. As you walk away from Roy's in the
direction of Masara the beach turns from wonderful sand to large rocks.
Our sons, ages 10 and 11, have found marvelous fossils there; the
fossils look like fat sand dollars and when we brought them back to the
States and took them to the Smithsonian Museum to have them identified
timewise, we were told they were quite old. Having taken college
geology over 30 years ago, I can't remember which time period they came
from, but they were thousands of years old. We were able to find these
fossils without using any tools, although some were imbedded in large
rocks, so we left those behind. No wonder our coming home baggage
weighed so much.
Say "hello" to Calvin, who runs a water taxi to Little Bay, walk to the beach, turn left and keep walking. You will need sturdy sandals if you intend to climb over the rocks to look for fossils.
Many yachtsmen also anchor in Crocus Bay, so you will probably see some gorgeously expensive yachts at anchor.
Crocus Bay is the home of Roy's Seafood Restaurant and bar, known for its British beers, seafood and Friday night half-price happy hour.
Snorkel to the east end of the bay, you can even swim around to Little Bay if you wish.
Directions: From the airport parking lot, take the only exit and turn left, then drive straight past Island Car Rental and the National Bank of Anguilla. Turn left at Barclay's Bank and Albert Lakes, proceed through The Valley. You will go past the library and the high school, through the intersection that used to have the "Traffic Experiment Roundabout", up the tree-lined Coronation Blvd., past Koal Keel restaurant, directly to the top of the hill with Lloyds Guest house on the left hand, and finally the steep slope to the beach. There is a parking area next to a small, white one-story building, across the street from Roy's.
Revised: May 03, 1999
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