Although Anguilla is small, it more than makes up for in that much-sought Caribbean asset: pristine, powdery beaches. Boasting 19 km (12 miles) of white coral coastline, Anguilla’s calm and polychromatic waters are enough to lure any potential visitor. Comprised of several other islands and cays, Anguilla is rapidly becoming a holiday haven for the rich and famous.
For those seeking an altogether cheaper type of cocktail, nothing can beat staring out at a Caribbean sunset while sipping an Anguillan tipple in one of the many beach bars. Those who like their food need not worry either, since restaurants on the island are excellent and offer a mixture of cuisines, with a natural emphasis on seafood and alfresco dining. Nightlife is centred on hotel nightclubs or barefoot dancing in those beach bars.
If you ever get bored of relaxing, there are loads of activity choices. Many resorts and hotels are situated on the beach and offer boating, snorkeling, fishing and scuba-diving equipment for adventurous types. For the culturally minded, Anguilla, despite its diminutive size, has around 15 art galleries to stroll around and observe Anguillan talent. Wherever you are though, those beautiful beaches are only minutes away.
Places to Go
Anguilla is small and secluded; the main resorts are based around the hotels, many of which are situated off the islands’ white coral beaches. Most excursions will be a leisurely exploration of other equally idyllic beaches. Wallblake House is an impressively restored plantation house whose foundations date back to 1787. Another historic landmark worth a visit is The Fountain, a huge underground cave with a constant supply of fresh water at Shoal Bay. The ruins of the Dutch Fort, built in the 1700s, are located at Sandy Hill, famous as the scene of fierce fighting during the second French invasion of Anguilla in 1796. The Tomb of Governor Richardson (1679-1742) at Sandy Hill is well preserved. Also of interest are the Salt Ponds at Sandy Ground and West End. Tours around the Old Salt Mine and Pumphouse at Sandy Ground are held at 10 am every Thursday.
There are over 30 beaches on Anguilla, some of which stretch for miles, dotted with hidden coves and grotto-like rock areas. Boats are available for charter. Some of the best beaches are Rendezvous, Shoal Bay, Road Bay, Maundays Bay, Cove Bay, Meads Bay and Crocus Bay. Visitors who enjoy solitude and privacy should charter a boat to Sandy Island, 15 minutes from Sandy Ground Harbour; or Sombrero Island, 48 km (30 miles) northwest of Anguilla, which has a picturesque lighthouse. The even smaller sandy cays of Scrub, Dog and Prickly Pear Islands are within reach of Anguilla by power boat. Day trips can also be arranged to St Maarten and St Barthelémy by ferry, cruise boat and plane.