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Discover the Caribbean’s Hidden Gem

Anguilla is a smaller unspoilt, pristine Caribbean island. It is the most northern island of the Leeward Islands in the Eastern Caribbean. It is and ideal destination for those wanting an authentic Caribbean experience, a place to relax and unwind in tranquil surroundings. It is approximately 100 miles northwest of Antigua, 150 miles east of Puerto Rico and 9 miles north of St Maarten/St Martin.

How To Get There

Typically the Caribbean is easier to access from the UK from London Airports, so one of the best routes to Anguilla is via Antigua. By air Anguilla is 40 minutes from the British Virgin Islands, 50 minutes from Antigua, and 45 minutes from St Kitts and Nevis and 9 minutes from St Maarten. By boat the island is around 25 minutes from St Martin/St Maarten.

If you are wanting to travel from the North of the UK (or anywhere else that is not London) you could combine a stay at Anguilla with a city stay at either New York or Vegas first; get a few nights of amazing chaos before landing on your own little paradise for a week of relaxing.

Amazing Activities

The beauty with Anguilla is that you can be as active or as relaxed as you like. Their national sport is boat racing, and they have many amazing events surrounding this, and the boats used are actually handmade on the island.  Whilst this particular sport is more of a spectating sport for most, you can also enjoy the following activities:

  • Diving (for novices and experienced divers).  N.B. Water visibility is at its highest during the summer months.
  • Kayaking: day and night tours exploring Anguilla’s shoreline are available with Liquid Glow
  • Kiteboarding
  • Paddleboarding
  • Sailfish or catamaran sailing
  • Snorkelling
  • Surfing
  • Swimming – in cobalt pools or turquoise seas
  • Tiger Boat Tours
  • Waterskiing
  • Windsurfing

Of course if you’re not a water baby, there is a plethora of land-based activities for you to enjoy. Tennis is a very popular sport on the island, and the majority of the resorts and complexes have tennis courts, well lit in the evenings too. You can enjoy a tour of the island to do some bird watching, go for a hike to take in the stunning scenery, enjoy a horse back ride along one of their legendary beaches or discover a love of cycling – a great way to see the island!

Fabulous Food

When you visit Anguilla, you won’t find an all inclusive hotel anywhere on the island. They would much rather you venture out and about and sample the truly delicious Caribbean cuisine. Anguilla is known as the “culinary capital of the Caribbean” and the culinary scene ranges from 5-star restaurants, beach-side bistros, and food trucks to exclusive resorts. Internationally-acclaimed and local chefs are cooking up a selection of global and island style cuisine.

With world-class wine cellars, and reggae beach bars that serve Perrier Jouet champagne by the glass, island dining has been elevated to a new level. On this island, really delectable food is part of the culture, identity and everyday life. Of course the beach bar is a way of life on Anguilla. Sunny days and warm nights, open-air bars abound. There are the sand-between-your-toes establishments and others that come with dance floors, champagne poured by the glass or by the bottle and music pumping. There is literally something to suit all ages and tastes.

Beautiful Beaches

Of course, we have saved the best til last with the beaches of Anguilla. The island has 33 sandy beaches, and all are open to the public. Despite this, the beaches are pristine and never overcrowded.  The water temperatures range between 70ºF (21C) and 80ºF (27C), perfect for swimming.

Most Anguillan beaches are placid and calm with gentle shoals. Occasionally, the Atlantic side of the island produces surf during the winter months. Although surfers can’t be guaranteed waves, wind and kite surfers can enjoy the weather conditions in Anguilla year round.

Is Anguilla for You?

Absolutely yes! Whether you are looking for a fly and flop adult only holiday, or a family fun packed adventure, Anguilla is your island. We’ve talked about what the stunning island does have that attracts visitors, but it is important to look at what is doesn’t have as well:

  • No crowds (except perhaps during the August Summer Festival)
  • No huge cruise ships
  • No all-inclusives
  • No jet skis
  • No chain restaurants

It is a unique destination, and has so much to offer you. So what are you waiting for, start your Anguilla adventure by giving us a call today.

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