Travellers come to Anguilla for the natural beauty and quiet atmosphere, the 33 sparkling strands, art galleries, and other historical and cultural offerings.

For seaside experiences, the beach options are seemingly endless: Rendezvous Bay, Cove Bay and Mead’s Bay beckon with long curved strands of sand. Smaller pocket beaches include Limestone Bay, known for its snorkeling, and Little Bay, reached only by boat. Captain’s Bay and Junk’s Hole Bay are more remote. Shoal Bay East is undoubtedly the island’s most popular beach while Scrub Island, Prickly Pear and Dog Island are excellent snorkelling destinations.

Activities on land include horseback riding, bird watching (there are 136 species), biking, and there are some excellent guided and self-guiding walks on the Anguilla Heritage Trail. Visit the Arawak “spirit eyes” petroglyphs in the caverns at Big Springs Heritage Site and the 1,000-year-old artifacts at the Heritage Collection Museum. Art aficionados will enjoy touring Anguilla’s many galleries, which feature a mix of local and Caribbean crafts, woodcarving, hand-blown glass and fine art. At the MoonSplash Music Festival in March, Bankie Banx serves up three days of music, food and fun. In May, a regatta features seven yacht races over three days. Carnival in August is beloved for parades, calypso competitions and traditional wooden-boat racing. Festival Del Mar in April at the East end of the island celebrates all the sea and all it offers with a weekend of traditional celebrations. Local chefs prepare seafood specialties, crab racing, sailing competitions and local bands entertain the visitors.

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Airports / Gateways / Flying times

Airport: Clayton J Lloyd International Airport is located 5 minutes drive from the capital, The Valley.

Gateways/Flying Times: There are no direct flights from the UK to Anguilla, however, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic fly from Gatwick to Antigua, from there LIAT will connect to Anguilla. American Airlines fly from Heathrow via the United States to San Juan, from there LIAT will also connect to Anguilla. Air France from Paris, and KLM from Amsterdam fly to St. Martin with onward connections to Anguilla from the Airport Dock to Blowing Point taking 20/25 minutes or by charter airline with local carriers. London: 8 3/4 hours. Manchester: 8 hours. Paris: 8 hours. Amsterdam 8 hours 40 minutes. Antigua: 35 minutes. Puerto Rico: 1 hour. St. Maarten: 6 minutes.

Climate

Average Winter/Summer temperature: 80 degrees. DINING: Known as ‘the cuisine capital of the Caribbean,’ Anguilla’s extraordinary dining scene offers discerning travelers a robust variety of gastronomic diversions with more than 70 dining experiences ranging from elegant, intimate gourmet seaside restaurants to casually chic beachfront bistros and festive, affordable roadside grills. Tipping at restaurants is discretionary at 10 or 15% as a 15% service charge is added to each bill.

Nightlife

Most resorts and hotels offer nightly entertainment in season and there are manyl excellent local bands and entertainers who perform frequently at such venues as Johnno’s, The Pumphouse, DaVida Bayside Grill, Elvis’s Beach Bar, Ripples in Sandy Ground; Rafe’s and the Red Dragon Dance Club in South Hill and the Dune Preserve on Rendezvous Bay. The resorts also offer evening entertainment with music and dancing.

Sightseeing

Explore caves and grottos. The Wallblake House, a restored 17th century plantation house, is the oldest on the island, the old Valley. Island Harbour at the East End of the island a local picturesque fishing village with a visit to Scilly Cay to sample lobster and crayfish and the  Heritage Collection Museum at East End Ponds. The Salt ponds at Sandy Ground with it many birdlife. Dolphin Discovery at Blowing Point where one can actually interact with the dolphins. Big Spring – an ancient Amerindian cavern with petroglyphs carved into the face of the rock walls. The Warden’s place is Anguilla’s 2nd oldest property, dating back to the 18th century. Or take an Island tour with one a local expert who will show you around this little island paradise. 

Upcoming events

"Livin in the Sun" Presented by Sandy Island

24 Nov '17 - 26 Nov '17, Anguilla

16 Days of Activism

25 Nov '17 - 10 Dec '17, Anguilla

Valley Street festival (as part of Tourism Week)

25 Nov '17, Anguilla

Anguilla's Optimists Race against Aids

25 Nov '17, Anguilla

Tourism Week

26 Nov '17 - 3 Dec '17, Anguilla

5th Annual Fundraising Golf Tournament

10 Dec '17, Anguilla

4th Annual South Hill Christmas Experience

12 Dec '17 - 19 Dec '17, Anguilla

National Hero's and Heroine's Day

19 Dec '17, Anguilla

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