Photo by Pete Markham.
This British territory retains its own charm, still largely untouched by modern commercialism and tourism, making it an oasis from everyday life. With a tiny population of about 15,000, it feels like a private island, and has a price to match.
In Eastern Anguilla, a quiet tranquility persists. This region is home to Shoal Bay East, a two-mile stretch of white sand with coral reefs not too far off shore. It’s easy to get dive and snorkel trips from here, for those who are inclined to see the darting colorful fish in their natural habitat. While out that way, stop in the Heritage Museum Collection, run by Colville Petty, who has plenty of personal stories and artifacts, ranging from Arawak Indians to the Calypso King’s, to share with visitors—just call ahead first.
Photo by Alan Turkus
The Valley, the capital section of the island, by virtue of being where most of the government buildings settled, is an ever so slightly more bustling region on the island. It’s perfect for a quick partial day trip, or a stop from one part of the island to the other. Discover the Wallblake House, built in 1787, the oldest standing structure on the island.
Getting to the island requires a layover elsewhere in paradise. Flights are easily available from Antigua, St. Kitts, St. Martin and Puerto Rico. A ferry can also be taken out of St. Martin or a boat chartered for transpiration from other islands.
Photo by Troy McKaskle.
Weather this time of year is ideal, with relatively little rain, and temperatures ranging from the low 70s to the low 80s. The temperatures fluctuate somewhat through the year, but remain relatively steady, making it a nice getaway year round. But the decreased precipitation makes winter a better time to visit.
Photo by Tiare Scott
Where to stay: Western Anguilla is where most visitors spend their time since this part of the island is home to many resorts like Viceroy Anguilla (think airy, ocean front luxury suites), Cap Juluca (open air restaurants and rooms situated on a mile of sandy beach) and the CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa (sumptuous cuisine, a Greg Norman designed golf course and luxury villas). Discover West End’s rugged coast, and Meads Bay, which provides excellent diving and a beautiful beach if staying here.
Don’t Miss: Horseback riding at Cove Bay; the authentic, colorful fishing village of Far East; sunset at the island’s highest point, Crocus Bay.
Flight time: 4 hours
Airport: Clayton J. Lloyd International Airport
Currency: East Caribbean Dollar
For more information, visit Anguilla’s tourism website.