Anguilla Island is a tiny friendly isle on the northeast corner of the Caribbean, next to St Martin and The Virgin Islands. It is surrounded by more than 30 white powdered sand beaches and crystal blue waters.
Anguilla, a British overseas territory, comprises a small main island and several offshore islets. Anguilla Capital is The Valley.
Map of the Caribbean showing the location of Anguilla
Important Facts on Anguilla
Anguilla Island features more than thirty beaches
Getting to Anguilla
To the local airport, Wallblake Airport. Smaller Islands from Puerto Rico, St Maarten and other Caribbean Airlines arrive to Anguilla.
There are no flights from North America or Europe. Passengers coming from those areas will have to connect in San Juan, Puerto Rico or St Maarten.
For the airlines flying to the neighbors of Puerto Rico, Antigua or St Maarten, visit their respective pages. Charters are also available from Blowing Point to St Maarten’s Queen Juliana Airport.
Anguilla Ferry from Marigot, St Martin
The ferry from neighboring Marigot, the capital of St Martin runs to Blowing Point in Anguilla on half hour intervals and takes 20 minutes of sailing
Every passenger arriving to Anguilla needs a valid passport, a visa and return or onward ticket. Several countries like USA and Canada are visa exempted for a short stay.
Go Snorkeling or Scuba Diving on the waters of Anguilla
Getting around Anguilla
It is easy to get around Anguilla. Traffic is slow and as in any British territory you drive on the left side of the road.
Several international car rental agencies, including Avis and Thrifty, are present on the island. Many local companies offer better rates and are very reliable. You’ll find gas stations at The Valley, West End, Blowing Point and a few more towns
There is no real Public Bus service in Anguilla, but smaller buses or minivans can be rented for small group of families visiting the island.
They are government regulated and is a great way to visit Anguilla on your own. Grab a Cab and GO...
Horseback riding on the white sands of Anguilla
Most of the sports for locals and visitors alike are related to the white sand beaches and the clear blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea they are among others:
And some inland sports like:
Shoal Beach the most beautiful beach in Anguilla
Weather in Anguilla
It is a dry climate and you cannot expect too much rain, maybe some tropical showers. The rain starts and stops.
Due to constant breezes it is never too hot, reaching temperatures in the high 80’s and cooler in the evenings.
During the period from December to April, when frigid temperatures fall over the northern countries of North America and Europe, travelers find refuge in Anguilla due to its mild weather.
This is actually high season for tourism.
April is the month when weather in Anguilla Beaches starts to change towards warmer summer temperatures. This island is a year-round destination.
Anguilla Island is known for its fine restaurants and cuisine
Anguilla is called by many the Capital of the Caribbean Cuisine, challenged only by neighboring Marigot.
We have dined at Grand Case in Marigot or the Malliouhana Hotel and Spa in Anguilla and attest to their excellent quality.
You’ll find the finest restaurants mainly in the very luxurious resorts. World renowned chefs come to Anguilla to show their expertise to very discriminating gourmet travelers.
In Anguilla you’ll be delighted by the real Caribbean Cuisine as well as British and French Cuisines.
Anguilla is a traditional country with profound old British traditions. Therefore, dress accordingly. Besides on the beaches in other public places, topless for men or bikinis for women are not acceptable.
Nude bathing is prohibited.
Anguilla Island Museums and Tours
Anguilla National Trust and Heritage Tour
This is a guided tour starting in The Valley. The purpose is to explain Anguilla’s Heritage, culture and also fauna and flora.
Heritage Tours and Museums
It contains many of the Anguilla Island documents, Arawaks artifacts dating from Pre Columbus times until today.
The Manse Building
Built in the early 1900’s it was occupied by the Methodist Church for many years. Today, as a totally remodeled building it hosts an art gallery and several other businesses.
Aerial view of The valley the Capital of Anguilla Island
The Old Valley Tour
It is the home of many very old buildings including the oldest Methodist church in Anguilla. Miss Marjorie’s House Rose Cottage and many more examples of grandiose architecture.
Old Salt Factory and Pump house
Reminding visitors how salt was once a very important local industry. Visit the Old Pump houses located at Sandy Ground
In a few words I can say that Anguilla Island is a paradise on earth. I remember when we had the travel agency in San Juan we were the first to send our Top Clients to enjoy Anguilla They all came back impressed and asking for more.
Anguilla Flag Description
Blue, with the flag of the UK in the upper hoist-side quadrant and the Anguillan coat of arms centered in the outer half of the flag; the coat of arms depicts three orange dolphins in an interlocking circular design on a white background with blue wavy water below
Map of Anguilla Island
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