Anguilla, British West Indies: Located in the northern Caribbean, Anguilla boasts of some of the best beaches in the world. With pristine white sandy beaches and pure turquoise water, Anguilla has long been synonymous with luxury and high-end style.
Many people have never heard of Anguilla and commonly mistake it for Antigua. But make no mistake, Anguilla is a unique and special island with its world famous resorts and restaurants. It has always been the celebrity’s hangout, but with diligent research and planning, Anguilla can also be affordable for everyone.
The best route to Anguilla (AXA) is to fly to St. Maarten’s Princess Juliana Airport (SXM). JetBlue, American, US Airways and United Airlines fly frequently to SXM depending upon the season. Upon arrival in St. Maarten you’ll need to catch a ferry or charter boat over to Anguilla. The ride will take about 20 minutes. Charter employeess will pick you up outside baggage claim and take you to the dock to board the vessel which is about 5 minutes from the airport. Upon boarding you’ll be served water or soft drinks. If the weather is good the quick ride will prepare you for your Anguilla experience with the warm breeze blowing in your face and the gentle rocking of the boat.
Recommended Charter Companies:
The cost one way is approximately $55 and up. Call or email each company for current pricing. Reservations are strongly recommended.
If you’re a bit apprehensive about being in a smaller vehicle crossing the water, there are pubic ferries with much larger boats that will get you from St. Maarten to Anguilla. You’ll need to grab a taxi from the airport and head to Marigot. There you will board a larger ferry boat for about $15 and head to Anguilla. Nothing fancy about these boats but it will get you to where you’re headed: Anguilla paradise.
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Where to Stay:
- Viceroy Hotel & Spa (Luxury)
- Cuisinart Golf Resort & Spa (Luxury)
- Frangipani Beach Resort (Luxury Boutique)
- Anacaona Boutique Hotel (Budget Friendly)
- One of Anguilla’s many villas are a great option for large families or groups (email firstname.lastname@example.org for recommendations to suit)
These are all great restaurants but you can also get a filling meal and any one of the local barbecues or food trucks around the island for about $7-10 a plate. Head to The Valley and ask Papa Lash for his yummy cheese patty sandwich or a vegetarian sandwich called a Plantation sandwich. Hungry’s will serve you up a huge plate of pasta, chicken, fish for as little as $7. You’ll get much food that your lunch dish will last until dinner!
What To Do:
Relax! Anguilla’s laidback atmosphere almost begs you slow down and take it all in. The sun, the sand, the water, the gentle breezes; breathe and relax.
But if you must do something, you can golf, snorkel, day trip to neighboring islands (St. Maarten, St. Barths), half day excursion to Scilly Cay or Sandy Island, horseback riding, etc. Here are a few suggestions from the Anguilla Tourist Board: http://ivisitanguilla.com/5day/
Recommended upcoming events on Anguilla include:
Festival del Mar – March 30th – 31st
Celebrating all things of the sea in the beautiful fishing village of Island Harbour. Deep Sea fishing competition, Boat racing, swimming races, crab races and culinary competition, and live string band music are all part of the activities for this two-day event.
Annual Anguilla Yacht Regatta – May 10th – 12th
Yacht racing between the regional racing fraternity with a local B class boat race normally on the last day of regatta.
Anguilla Day – May 30th
The most significant holiday on the Anguillian calendar of events, and culmination of the month long celebrations to commemorate Anguilla Day and the round the Island boat race.
Anguilla Summer Festival – July 26th – August 11th
Forty six years of celebrating Anguilla’s National Sport, boat racing, by day, and traditional carnival activities by night: pageants, calypso competitions, Band Clash competitions, and street dancing and revelry.
Tourism Week – November 30th – December 6th
Includes Valley Street Festival and Cultural Fair, Church Service, school and industry-wide educational activities, and climaxes with the AHTA Grand Gala and Awards banquet.
I travel to Anguilla a few times a year and each time I visit I discover something new. If you need any assistance or have any questions just comment below.