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Anguilla is a small island nation in the Caribbean Sea, a few miles north of Saint Martin.

Population: 15,754 people
Area: 91 km2
Highest point: 65 m
Coastline: 61 km
Life expectancy: 81.09 years
GDP per capita: $12,200
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About Anguilla

History

Take some time to learn about the events that have shaped the island’s people. Few historic buildings survive, but you will find links to the past around the island;

  • Salt mining. For much of Anguilla’s history, extraction of salt by evaporation of sea water was a major industry. The Pumphouse at Sandy Ground, now a bar, housed the pumps that fed seawater to the salt pond.
  • Walleblake House. Built in 1785, it has been beautifully restored and is Anguilla's only surviving plantation house. The house, hidden behind a stone wall next to a church near the airport, is open for tours at irregular hours.
  • Heritage Collection Museum. On the road to the East End. If you'd like to dive into the island's history and cultural heritage further, be sure to visit the museum. It has a good collection of photographs, artifacts and documents from the prime days of the Arawak Indians till the present. The curator, Colville Petty, will meet you and orient you to the exhibits that tell of the often-difficult life on the island. Only if you ask, will he point out the picture of himself with other revolutionaries. If he piques your interest in the island's history, buy one of his books. Bless our Forebears is especially evocative of the trials that the people have endured.
  • Crocus Hill. At 213 feet above sea level, Crocus Hill is the highest point on the otherwise flat lands of Anguilla. On it, there are a few remains of the Old Court House. More importantly however, there's a great view from the top over the underlying bay, which is extra spectacular at sunset. On the way to Crocus Hill is The Old Valley, an area with a few unspectacular but locally important church buildings. A few old wooden houses also remain.

Geography

Anguilla is a flat and low-lying island. It is 35 sq. miles, 16 miles long and 3 miles wide at the widest point. The highest point is Crocus Hill, at 65 meters.

The island is made of limestone, providing many caves. Two of the most impressive being The Big Springs located in Island Harbour and The Fountain located in Shoal Bay.

Anguilla also has many attractive coral reefs which provides habitats for a vast array of tropical fish and marine wildlife. This motivates individuals to take part in snorkeling.

Activities

Hiking, Art Gallery Tours, Horseback Riding at Seaside Stables, El Rancho Del Blues and CLiffside Stables. Tennis, Golf at Play-A-Round Mini-Golf Park and Temenos Golf Club, Spa and Wellness, Glass-bottom boat, Swimming, Snorkeling, Fishing, Festivals: Anguilla Summer Festival, Tranquility Jazz Festival, Moonsplash, Festival Del Mar, Annual Anguilla Yacht Regatta and Annual Lighting of the Christmas Tree.

  • Seaside Stables, Cove Bay. Horseback Riding on the Beach
  • Dolphin Discovery, Blowing Point. Swim with dolphins

Food

Pigeon peas and rice is often considered as the signature dish of the island.

Budget

  • Uncle Ernie's on Shoal Bay beach; inexpensive local BBQ
  • B & D's BBQ, Long Bay
  • Big Jim's BBQ, Blowing Point
  • Amy's Bakery, Blowing Point
  • Mary's Bakery, The, Quarter
  • Hall's Unique Bakery, The Valley
  • Le Bon Pain, Island Harbour

Moderate

  • Smitty's. In Island Harbor.
  • Tastys Restaurant, South Hill,  1-264-497-2737. Excellent food. The chef is very personable and enjoys pleasing his customers.
  • Roy's. Above Crocus Bay; started by a British expat and his wife. Great bargain lunches on Fridays. Very well known for their fish and chips.
  • Johnno's is an Anguillan landmark, run by John (Johnno) on Sandy Ground beach. It is an open air bar, restaurant and at night a dance club on the beach, often with live local bands.
  • Zara's, +1 264-497 3229, Shoal Bay at Allamanda Beach Club - Listen to the Chef, Shamash, sing love songs in his kitchen while you watch him prepare your feast.
  • English Rose Restaurant, The Valley.
  • Gwen's Reggae Grill, Shoal Bay.
  • Tasty's at the Dune, West End.
  • Oriental Restaurant and Bar, The Valley; Chinese restaurant
  • Landing Strip Restaurant, Blowing Point
  • Nico's Restaurant, The Valley

Splurge

  •    Michel Rostang at Malliouhana (Malliouhana restaurant), Meads Bay Road (oceanfront overlooking Meads Bay),  264-497-6111. 7:30 - 10 pm. Incredible view, an awesome view and great food. Conde Nast traveler rated this restaurant 100 out of 100. 10.00 - 50.00.
  • Hibernia. Unique food, gracious hosts and a wonderful time always. Worth the drive!
  • Blanchard's. Great decor, which is unfortunately undermined by the bland food.
  • Mango's. Directly on the beach, with wonderful seafood.
  • Straw Hat. Don't miss the crayfish here!
  • Altamer. Delicious lobsters big as orbiting moons, great service.
  • Deon's Overlook. Formerly Cyril's Overlook of Montauk/NY fame but now in the trusty hands of Deon. Fabulous seafood and great gazpacho soup!
  • Koal Keel Restaurant, The Valley.
  • Caprice, West End.
  • Kemia, Cap Juluca Hotel, West End.
  • Pimms, Cap Juluca Hotel, West End.
  • La Luna Rosa.
  • Le Bistro, Malliouhana, West End.
  • Santorini, CuisinArt, West End.
  • Veya, Sandy Ground.
  • da'Vida. Right on the beach in Crocus Bay. Great ambiance and great food.

Drinks

There are many places to lounge, listen to music and dance such as:

  • Elvis Beach Bar, Sandy Ground
  • Ripples, Sandy Ground
  • Johnno's Beach Bar and Grill, Sandy Ground
  • The Pumphouse in Sandy Ground next to the old salt flats
  • Rafe's, Sandy Ground
  • Dune Preserve, West End
  • Elodias, Shoal Bay, there is a live band on Sunday evenings
  • English Rose Restaurant, The Valley, karaoke on Friday nights
  • Ko Ko's Beach Bar, Island Harbour
  • Scilly Cay in Island Harbor; pronounced Silly Key; take a boat or swim out to this tiny island off the island. Food is great also the rum punch!! This is a nice place to lounge on a Sunday afternoon.
  • Sandy Island, Sandy Ground, 476-6534 (Simone) for reservations.. A tiny offshore island where you're guaranteed a GREAT time! (Be brave and try the rum punch!!)

Shopping

Though the East Caribbean Dollar (XCD) is the local currency, most places frequented by tourists price goods and services in U.S. Dollars (USD) and all locations accept U.S. Dollars for payment. On occasion, you may receive small change in a mix of USD and XCD.

Credit cards are taken at hotels and restaurants (not everywhere will accept Amex. MasterCard/Visa preferred).

Art Galleries

Several art galleries offer the works of Anguillan and other Caribbean artists, with prices from a few dollars to thousands.

  • Alak Art Gallery 1-264-497-7270. On road to Shoal Bay Village, and in South Hills Village, on road to West End, past Sandy Ground roundabout. Now that local artist Louise Brooks has retired from teaching, she offers her work and that of other artists at two locations. A nice selection of craft and fine-art items. Most prices from a few dollars to a few hundred.
  • Savannah Gallery 1-264-497-2263, e-mail: savannah@anguillanet.com. On Coronation Ave., The Valley, on the way to Crocus Bay. This gallery displays fine Caribbean art in a traditional building in this historic neighborhood. The owner is a great source of information about the island, and welcomes casual visitors. Most prices from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars.
  • Stone Cellar Art Gallery 1-264-498-0123. In The Valley, near Walleblake House. Tucked under Sotheby's Realty in the historic Old Factory, the gallery is an intriguing backdrop for fine art. Reproductions of old maps from a few dollars, original art in the thousands.

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Anguilla is a small island nation in the Caribbean Sea, a few miles north of Saint Martin.

Interesting places:

  • Rendezvous Bay Beach
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Points of Interest in Anguilla

Beaches

Anguilla has everything you might expect from a Caribbean island, with gorgeous bays, some of the best white sand beaches in the world, palm trees and the turquoise ocean all around. That lovely setting is of course what draws most travelers here, and it allows for perfect lazy days of sunbathing and swimming. There are some stunning coral reefs just outside the coast, which make it a fine destination for scuba diving or snorkeling. If you're not that sporty, hop on one of the glass bottomed boats to have at least a glance. Shoal Bay can compete with any beach in the world and has a great reef. Other popular bays are Barnes, Rendezvous, Road and Little Bay, but you can choose from 33 fine beaches in total. From April through November, many of Anguilla’s beaches are nesting grounds for leatherback, green and hawksbill turtles. Maundays, Meads, Captains and Limestone Bay offer the best chances to witness this wonderful natural phenomenon. All beaches are public, but ease of access varies. The large resorts and developments are obligated to provide public access; don’t hesitate to ask. Many beach bars also provide free access.

  • Shoal Bay, sometimes called Shoal Bay (East) to distinguish it from Shoal Bay West, stretches for a mile or so. It is seldom crowded even at Shoal Bay Village where there is a cluster of resorts, restaurants and beach bars. East of Shoal Bay Village, toward Gwen’s, you may have the beach to yourself. The water is usually calm, making this a good family beach. At the eastern end, snorkelers float over areas of coral rock near the beach. Access: At Shoal Bay Village or at Gwen’s Reggae Bar—look for signs on the road between Shoal Bay Village and Island Harbor.
  • Meads Bay is less protected from waves than Shoal Bay, but is a fine strolling beach. Several resorts and villas line the beach but do not dominate it. Access: Frangiapani Resort has designated parking spaces for public access, and a public access path to the left of the building.
  • Savannah Bay is a mile-long beach without a hotel in sight. Except for a few people around Palm Grove Grill at the northern end, you may have the beach to yourself. Access: On the paved road across the eastern end of the island, watch for a sign for Palm Grove. The sand road to the beach is rough and rocky in places, but can be driven during daylight with no great difficulty. Park next to Palm Grove.
  • Rendezvous Bay. Yes, another mile of beautiful beach! The eastern part, along the salt pond, is undeveloped. A couple of beach bars on the western part offer refreshment. Access: On the main road, watch for a sign for Anguilla Great House at Willow Lane. Continue past the Great House entrance and park in the unpaved lot at the salt pond.
  • Shoal Bay West is a pleasant beach with a good view of St. Martins. Lined with villas in a dramatic modern style, the beach itself is often deserted. Access: Stay on the main road until the paving ends. Park next to the salt pond. The public access path is between two of the villas.
  • Little Bay can be the least or the most crowded of the beaches—it is so small that a yachtful of visitors can fill it up. This is a popular snorkeling area. Rocks near the shore offer the beginner a chance to see colorful little fishes, while better swimmers may glimpse sea turtles. Access: The adventurous can try to find the path that leads down the cliff that surrounds the beach. For the rest of us, go to Crocus Bay in The Valley and ask for Calvin at the tamarind tree. He will take you there in his motor boat, and can be trusted to come back for you at the agreed time.

History

Take some time to learn about the events that have shaped the island’s people. Few historic buildings survive, but you will find links to the past around the island;

  • Salt mining. For much of Anguilla’s history, extraction of salt by evaporation of sea water was a major industry. The Pumphouse at Sandy Ground, now a bar, housed the pumps that fed seawater to the salt pond.
  • Walleblake House. Built in 1785, it has been beautifully restored and is Anguilla's only surviving plantation house. The house, hidden behind a stone wall next to a church near the airport, is open for tours at irregular hours.
  • Heritage Collection Museum. On the road to the East End. If you'd like to dive into the island's history and cultural heritage further, be sure to visit the museum. It has a good collection of photographs, artifacts and documents from the prime days of the Arawak Indians till the present. The curator, Colville Petty, will meet you and orient you to the exhibits that tell of the often-difficult life on the island. Only if you ask, will he point out the picture of himself with other revolutionaries. If he piques your interest in the island's history, buy one of his books. Bless our Forebears is especially evocative of the trials that the people have endured.
  • Crocus Hill. At 213 feet above sea level, Crocus Hill is the highest point on the otherwise flat lands of Anguilla. On it, there are a few remains of the Old Court House. More importantly however, there's a great view from the top over the underlying bay, which is extra spectacular at sunset. On the way to Crocus Hill is The Old Valley, an area with a few unspectacular but locally important church buildings. A few old wooden houses also remain.

Island Life

At Island Harbour you can see local fishermen and sailors at work. On the road to West End, past the Sandy Ground roundabout, you may see a racing boat under construction, under a shed on the right side of the road. The boat races are major events, celebrating the return of workers from the cane fields of the Dominican Republic in the old days, and perhaps also the nautical skills of the smugglers of years past.

Anguilla has many farms of corn, peas, tomatoes and other crops. To see, buy or learn about plants and animals in Anguilla one can visit The Department of Agriculture, located in The Valley, Anguilla. The Anguilla National Trust can provide information on Anguilla's environment and conducts tours. Its main task is to preserve Anguilla's natural environment, historic and cultural resources and archaeology. If you're interested in gardens, try the Hydroponic Farm and Organic Gardens, at CuisinArt Resort and Spa, West End Village or the Endangered Species Garden and Indigenous Local Plants Gardens at the Cap Juluca Resort.

Birds

The salt ponds, uplands and beaches provide habitat for a variety of birds. Stop by the National Trust office to buy A Guide to the Birds of Anguilla, with color photos and maps of birding areas. Pelicans and brown boobies dive for fish along the beaches. Frigate birds glide high above. Ducks and wading birds can often be seen at the Sandy Ground salt pond. Even at your hotel, you may see hummingbirds among the flowering shrubs or the small bananaquit in the trees.

Shoal Bay Beach - Shoal Bay

Wallblake House - The Valley

Rendezvous Bay Beach - Rendezvous Bay

Barnes Bay - West End Village

Captain\'s Bay Beach - Island Harbour

Savanna Bay Beach - The Valley

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