Photo courtesy of Anguilla Tourist Board
Bankie Banx's Dune Preserve
The ultimate beach shack on many a bucket list of Caribbean bars, this rustic driftwood building on Rendezvous Bay is an institution on Anguilla. Owned by local reggae legend Bankie Banx (whose life story would make a great novel), this open-sided structure is the epitome of laid-back, cool West Indian vibes and the good music that goes with them. Bankie Banx and his sons perform live here on a couple of evenings—Fridays attract the reggae fans, as they sometimes feature a major Jamaican recording artist, while Saturdays are international nights. It’s a fantastic spot for a stiff sundowner while reggae beats waft through the air. The Dune Preserve also hosts the annual Moonsplash Festival, a three-day concert series. (The original structure, destroyed by Hurricane Irma in September 2017, was rebuilt thanks to a GoFundMe campaign that brought an enthusiastic international response from fans.)
By Lebawit Lily Girma, AFAR Local Expert
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