Anguilla Holidays Guide

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Tiny Anguilla is one of the most northerly of the Leeward Islands in the Lesser Antilles. A flat, low-lying island comprised of coral and limestone,it lies east of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, and due north of Saint Martin /St. Martaan and is just 91 km2 in size. The island's name is derived from the word 'eel' in number of languages – probably named for the long, skinny shape of the island.It consists of the main island of Anguilla itself, as well as a number ofuninhabited smaller islands and cays. Anguilla is noted for its ecologically important and spectacularly vivid coral reefs, and its 33 public beaches – many of which are considered some of the best in the Caribbean if not the world by travelers and travel publications alike. Anguilla was once one of the least known and least visited of all the Caribbean islands, but the attention of Hollywood's shy mavens has brought it to the public's attention. But don't worry, it's still a fabulously pristine hideaway; just remember to book your rooms early.

Anguilla Highlights

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Land-based activities include riding, birding (there are 136 species), hiking, celebrity-spotting, and sampling the wares at the Pyrat Rum Distillery.There are 16 art galleries featuring Anguillan and Caribbean woodcarving, fine art, hand-blown glass and crafts.Do take the time to visit the ancient Arawak "spirit eyes" in the caverns at Big Springs Heritage Site.The Arawak people whose deep religious beliefs were based on "The sun, moon and two sacred caverns, from where all mankind originated." The caves, Big Springs at Island Harbour, and The Fountain at Shoal Bay, are still intact and featurepetroglyphs, offering bowls, and a large stalagmite carved into the likeness of Jocahu, the Supreme Deity of the Arawak people.

Places to Visit

Anguilla Accommodation Guide

A trip to Anguilla comes at a cost, a high one actually. This is mainly because of recent popularity of the island due to media coverage of celebrity visits. As an example, prices at Cuisin Art Resort and Spa are quite high, but all you diehard foodies will be over the moon whenyou see the resort's hydroponic farm and then enroll in incredible cooking classes at their stadium kitchen. For the rest of us, the Arawak Beach Inn on Island Harbour Beach has about a dozen cozy, pastel-coloured beach bungalows for the budget-conscious traveler; rooms come with kitchens to help with cost-cutting costs.In between the two extremes you'll find everything from private villas, where the island's wealthiest visitors unwind, to lovely small hotels, inns, and guesthouses.

Travel Facts

No matter where you stay, you'll have Anguillan cuisine in abundance. Influenced by native, Caribbean, African, Spanish, French and English cuisines, seafood is abundant, and includes red snapper, mahi-mahi, shrimp, prawns, spiny lobster, crab, conch, marlin, and grouper.Beef is imported, but goat is the meat most commonly eaten, as the island is populated by numerous herds of goats.

If you love music, you will love Anguilla! One of the most famous musicians from Anguilla, and an acclaimed Caribbean recording artist, is Bankie Banx. Banx has more than 10 albums and has jammed with the likes of Jimmy Cliff, Bob Dylan, and Jimmy Buffett. He opened Dune Preserve, a popular music bar he built to help save the Rendezvous Bay dune; the Dune Preserve is home to the Moonsplash Annual Music Festival.

Anguilla Holiday Tips
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The Clayton J. Lloyd International Airport (formerly the Wallblake Airport), is the island's only airport. It can accommodate small to medium-sized aircraft. There are connections to and from various other Caribbean islands by regional carrier LIAT, plus local charter airlines; although no direct scheduled flights go to or come from continental America or Europe and the airport cannot handle anything as large as a jumbo jet, the airport handles Boeing 737s and Boeing 757s from nearby Saint Martin/St. Maarten and Puerto Rico. Ferries also link Anguilla with Saint Martin, with travel time at about twenty minutes.Aside from taxis, there is no public transportation on the island. Cars are available to hire, and as this is a British holding, you will be driving on the left side of the road.