For most visitors it comes down to one or a combination of these three things: Beaches, People and Food.
Beaches, Beaches, Beaches :
Anguilla is only 15 miles long but it has 33 pristine beaches and ALL OF THEM ARE PUBLIC. This means that wherever you rent a villa in Anguilla a new beach to explore and enjoy is only a few minutes’ drive (and in some cases walk) away.
If you want the sophisticated services of a ‘beach club’ with a restaurant with loungers and umbrellas try Barnes, Crocus, Meads or Shoal Bay East. If you want to watch fishermen return with their catch and chat with the locals at an authentic beach bar try Island Harbour or Road Bay in the village of Sandy Ground.
If you want to walk for miles along a pristine white beach try Cove, Rendezvous, Shoal Bay East or deserted Savannah Bay. Or if you want to grab a picnic basket and go where no one else goes :
Visit Captain’s, Long Bay, Junks Hole, Mimi or West End Bay and have it all to yourself. And if you want a Robinson Crusoe experience catch a boat to one of our pristine offshore cays Dog, Prickley Pear or Sandy Island, Scrub or Scilly. All our beaches are accessible and most have parking within easy walking distance.
Food Glorious Food:
Reputedly Anguilla has “more gourmet dining per acre than New York City”. Add to this a plethora of street food available from colourful food vans and fragrant BBQ stands and the choice for the foodie is literally overwhelming. Anguilla boasts some of the finest dining establishments in the Caribbean (Fodor’s and 4 diamond rated) as well as a wonderfully colourful and tasty blend of local and international restaurants to suite most prices – this gourmet island has something for everyone. Dining out is one of Anguilla’s most special experiences and your only challenge will be “what to choose” rather than “is there anywhere to go?” Recommended local specialties include our indigenous ‘spiny’ lobster and crayfish, conch, fresh snapper, wahoo, tuna and all other types of fish caught daily in our pristine waters.
Local BBQ is a must as is our fresh local tomatoes, eggplants, peppers and lettuces – often found for sale at colourful stands on the side of the road. If you want to cook for yourself we have a great selection of supermarkets and specialty shops servicing international and local products and a range of wine and spirits. Anguilla also has a range of wonderful chefs who will happily cater for you in your villa and we would be happy to provide quotations for this service.
The charm of our people: Anguilla is known for its special people and you will be welcomed warmly by the local community. The island is safe to explore by car day and night or if you prefer with one of our friendly taxi drivers. You will find Anguillan’s, “Expats” and tourists mixing companionably at all our restaurants and nightspots.
Things to do
Off the beach – despite its tiny size there are plenty of things to go, see and do in Anguilla. We encourage all visitors to explore our seas – either snorkeling, scuba diving or taking a fabulous sailing boat trip to an off shore cay or deserted bay on a boat like Tradition
Cuisinart Golf Club – a Greg Norman Signature Design 18-Hole Championship Course. With challenging, dramatic holes set against breathtaking Caribbean Sea views and spanning 7,063 yards, the Par 72 course begins with a spectacular view of St. Maarten at the tee box of the 384-yard starting hole. The vistas continue across the 16,000-square-foot green along the Anguilla Channel, to views of Merrywing Pond at the 16th hole before finishing on a challenging elevated green fairway surrounded by water and native landscaping.
Boutiques and shopping are plentiful – Anguilla’s shopping is perfect for those looking to browse charming small shops packed to the brim with unique jewellery, cute tee shirts, island gifts and essential beach wear. A few of our favourites include Anguilla Sands and Salts, Beach Happy , Bijoux , Irie Life, Limin’ Boutique and Petals Boutique
There are no big towns in Anguilla and our low lying country side is filled with goats, chickens, salt ponds and charming small villages like Sandy Ground and Island Harbour. Anguilla is easy to navigate, enjoyable to take a drive around and you can see the sea from nearly every road.
Nightlife and entertainment tends to revolve around music and the island is home to many talented local musicians who entertain in hotels and night life spots on a weekly basis.
Ask us to help you plan a day out exploring the island from east to west!
There are wonderful festivals taking place all year in Anguilla – including Moonsplash in March and the Festival Del Mar at Easter. A very special part of the Anguillian culture is the Summer Festival and Boat Racing which takes place every year during the first 10 days of August. Enjoy watching the island’s national sport of boat racing, attend the colourful Parade of Troupes or watch the unique J ‘overt Monday celebrations.
Anguilla is the northernmost island in the Leeward Island chain, just north of St. Maarten. It is easily accessible by sea or by air on commercial and private airlines, the Anguilla ferry, and charter and scheduled private boat services.
There are several options for transfers to Anguilla’s Blowing Point Port of Entry, from Princess Juliana Airport in St. Maarten – either on a scheduled sea shuttle or private charter. Prices and times vary seasonally, so it’s always best to check the individual operators: GB Express, Garfield’s Sea Tours, Link Ferries, Funtime Charters and Calypso Charters.
On the French side of St. Martin about 20 minutes taxi ride from Princess Juliana Airport, scheduled public ferries run back and forth throughout the day. The trip across the water is about 15 minutes.