Anguilla

Reasons to travel to Anguilla

Shamil Hasanli Shamil Hasanli 28 November 2020
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Anguilla is a paradisical place to visit as your next vacation destination. Where is Anguilla? How to travel to Anguilla? Although Anguilla is a popular island among tourists, you may still ask where is Anguilla and how to travel to Anguilla. It is a British overseas land, located in the Caribbean Sea. You can travel to Anguilla directly from most parts of the world; also you may choose to travel from St Maarten to Anguilla because travel from St Maarten to Anguilla is wonderful and the choice of many people. What to do in Anguilla? You will find too many things to do in Anguilla, including enjoying Anguilla beaches, staying in Anguilla hotels, such as Four Seasons Anguilla, appreciating festivals full of Anguilla flags, spending Anguilla currency on delicious meals, etc. You will have a nice time in Anguilla considering the beautiful places to visit in Anguilla. In this post, you will read about the best reasons to travel to Anguilla. Also, you will find answers to your questions about where is Anguilla, how to travel to Anguilla, how to travel from St Maarten to Anguilla, what to do in Anguilla, how to spend a good time in Anguilla, which interesting things to do in Anguilla, which places to visit in Anguilla, what are the nicest Anguilla beaches, what are the Anguilla hotels, is it worth to stay at Four Seasons Anguilla, what is the Anguilla currency, what is the Anguilla flags, etc. 

It is a wonderful island

anguilla island

White, powdered sugar Anguilla beaches, surrounded by clear, turquoise water - this is Anguilla, one of the lean islands in the Lesser Antilles. Sightseeing stress and spending a nice time in Anguilla are guaranteed here because of the range of cultural and other places to visit in Anguilla. But it does not get boring anyway. Columbus gave the island its name (Anguilla = Spanish for eel) because of its long, narrow shape: at about 25 kilometres in length, the maximum width is only about 5 kilometres. The 91 square kilometre, relatively flat island - Crocus Hill, the highest point, is 65 meters above sea level - is incidentally one of the few Caribbean islands of non-volcanic origin. With several small, uninhabited side islands and cays, Anguilla and its capital, The Valley, form an overseas territory of the United Kingdom, so the official language is English. And you will the Anguilla flags, which look like a British flag. However, the official Anguilla currency is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar. 

Easy to reach

anguilla island

From most parts of the world, you can easily fly to Saint Martin / Sint Maarten. Then you can travel from St Maarten to Anguilla by taking the public ferry from Marigot or private ferries. The terminal is opposite the airport. Anguilla Air Services also offers connecting flights and private charters to Anguilla. The duration of the flight is approximately 10 minutes. You can also fly directly to Anguilla from Antigua and Puerto Rico with a duration of about 55 minutes. There are also flight connections between Anguilla and Saint Barthélemy.

The nicest accommodations

anguilla island houses

You will find many lux-star Anguilla hotels and other types of accommodations. For example, suites at The Reef by Cuisine Art at Merrywing Bay; Mangrove Villas at Indio Reef, West End Village; Fountain Anguilla, Shoal Bay East; La Vue, Back Street, South Hill, etc. Of course, at the top of the best accommodations on the island is Four Seasons Anguilla. If offers the resort and residences. 

Shoal Bay Beach

anguilla island

One of the essential things to do in Anguilla is visiting Shoal Bay Beach. Fancy a pink sand beach, sparkling under the sun, on one of the calmest islands in the entire Caribbean Archipelago. Embark on the small boat in Marigot; it will drop you off for 20 or 30 minutes (depending on the sea state) at a landing stage in Anguilla. Take a cab, and ask to be dropped off at Shoal Bay beach, the most beautiful. Honestly, there is not much to do on Anguilla Island, but it does have a treasure: Shoal Bay Beach. Shoal Bay is a 2 km long beach, and I doubt you will walk them as the turquoise water will make you put your beach bag down to jump into the small waves. However, if you are lucky enough to stay on the island for a few days, try out different parts of this beach if only to take a look at the trendy hotels that are starting to line up along this coast. You can taste a simple grill at the small, wooden beach restaurant at the northern end of Shoal Bay. The beach curves into a large crescent-shaped bay, but the winds are more pronounced. Few palm trees on this beach, so beware of the lack of shade and the reflection of the sun on the clear waters of the Caribbean. If you come for the day, do not forget the high-index sunscreen (especially for children!), hats, and sunglasses. There are very few lounge chairs and umbrellas on Shoal Bay beach, the few you will find are from hotels set back from the beach. Take a good look at the sand, it sparkles under your feet, and its marriage with the water is more intimate: the mother-of-pearl confetti from the island's coral origin transforms the foam into ripples of a diamond.

Big Jim

anguilla island

What to do in Anguilla? If you come from the sea with the ferry in Blowing Point, do not drive directly to your hotel. If you are well-advised, then after the short crossing, sun-hungry, stop by Big Jim. Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger has been seen here with greasy fingers, and if the Ferrari Schumi came here on a sailing trip, he would have a snack stop at Big Jim. Big Jim is a legend, weighs a good 240 pounds, and is therefore "very, very big", as the residents of the long Caribbean island rightly assure. Blowing Point is one of the main entry points of this small, eel-like shaped island in the Caribbean. To the right are the taxis lurking for their customers and recognizing the "old hands" among the Anguilla visitors with long, but laughing faces. Because they do not strive to the tired rental cars, but a wooden shack, in front of which grey-white clouds of smoke rise into the sky.

Attractions

jungle path

Suppose you want to spend your vacation in Anguilla more interestingly. In that case, you will find many overgrown jungle paths with eco-lodges, where vacationers eat healthily and swarm about rare animals and screeching monkeys. Anguilla is the tranquillity of the long, fine sandy beaches. Anguilla is relaxation in a dignified atmosphere, exquisite hotel complexes, where gourmets get their money's worth and can relax during the day after extensive sunbathing in one of the hotels' many spa centres. The sights, however, are limited. Only rarely anyone gets lost in The Heritage Collection Museum in the East End to be introduced to the eventful history of the 91 square kilometre island by museum curator Colville Petty. Petty is guarding what is possibly the world's thinnest phone book from the old Anguilla days, as well as tools and shards of the Caribbean indigenous people who came to Anguilla about 4,000 years ago. Attractions in Anguilla are more of a feast. As soon as the visitor has waved over from the jetty of the tiny nest Harbor's Dock, over there, on the island of Scilly Cay, which is just under 200 meters away, a wooden boat sets in motion to overtake the waving passenger. Five minutes later, the small island, which rises only a hand's breadth above the surface of the water, is getting bigger by the second. "Nice to meet you", greets a gardener who uses a rake to free the fine white sandy beach from the few leaves that the wind has blown from the land here. And salamanders have left their mark on the sand.

Eating lobsters

lobster

Do you want to eat lobsters? "Simple the best" is the slogan with which the private island Scilly Cay advertises. There is even a heliport for guests who fly over from the island of St. Barths, which is part of the French overseas departments. Afterwards, everyone raves about the crayfish, a type of lobster that chef Sandrine Webster marinates in a special sauce. "The spice mix is my secret," she says while letting the guest look over her shoulder while the shellfish are being prepared. The lobsters come fresh from the sea. Then you can make yourself comfortable on the islets in the sun loungers or swim in the Caribbean Sea.

Driftwood Haven

anguilla island animal

On the way from the east to the west end of Anguilla, a visit to "Driftwood Haven" is worthwhile. Cheddie Richarson, the owner of the small sculpture gallery, literally lives off the beach debris. He skillfully carves driftwood, intersects different wood colours, polishes and processes them until wooden cormorants are recognizable, works small kittens out of arm-thick tree trunks, mixes mahogany with walnut wood, works in coral parts that he finds on the white beaches of Anguilla after stormy weather.

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Shamil Hasanli

Shamil is from Azerbaijan. During his childhood, he was interested in geography and knew the world map by heart. Now, he is a young student and likes to travel and explore new places. His biggest dream is to visit extraordinary but lesser-known destinations and make these popular among all.

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