- Locations: 29
- Villas: 48
- Private Islands: 0
Anguilla is a 15-mile island east of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, separated from St. Martin to the south by the Anguilla Channel. Though close in proximity to St. Martin, Anguilla couldn’t be more different. St. Martin is known for its vibrant nightlife and cosmopolitan atmosphere, while Anguilla is its calm, easygoing, casual counterpart — where you go to truly get away from it all. Which is not to say that Anguilla doesn’t have its own brand of chic; Anguillans know how to relax in the utmost style and comfort.
Among the many attractions of this tiny island are spectacular coral reefs perfect for snorkeling and scuba diving, over 30 beautiful white-sand beaches, and an 18-hole championship golf course designed by Greg Norman.
Black Garden Bay(1)
Shoal Bay East(1)
Shoal Bay West(2)
If you're interested in learning everything there is to know about the history of Anguilla, don't miss a trip to the Heritage Collection Musuem, featuring artifacts, documents, photos and more dating back to the days of the original inhabitants, the Arawaks.
The oldest building in Anguilla and only surviving plantation house on the island, Wallblake House dates back to the 17th century. The home has been restored as closely as possible to its original grandeur and is open to the public.
Big Spring National Park is an ancient spring which once supplied water to the ancient Arawaks and Anguillian residents. The sacred decorated with petroglyphs carved into the rock walls by ancestral Amerindians.
An excuse to come to Anguilla after peak season is to catch Leatherback, Green, and Hawksbill turtles nesting on the shores of Maundays Bay, Mead's Bay, Captain's Bay and Limestone Bay.
Scuba diving and snorkeling are very popular on Anguilla; conditions are ideal. The beautiful calm, Caribbean Sea surrounding Anguilla is a filled with colorful reefs, wrecks, and secret coves.
Explore the island beaches on horseback, an idyllic riding experience offering moonlight rides, swimming and much more.
Or, if you're looking for a night out, it's easy to find live music and great bars and restaurants. For such a small island, there is still a pretty good nightlife scene on Anguilla.
Golfers can play CuisinArt Golf Club, an 18-hole championship course designed by Greg Norman.
There are 33 pristine white sand beaches on Anguilla. Here are a few top selections:
Shoal Bay East has many accolades for being one of the world's best beaches by tourism authorities and travel magazines alike. It is also the most popular beach on Anguilla and attracts locals, tourists and day trippers from the neighboring island of St. Martin.
Meads Bay is dotted with luxury resorts and villas and stretches nearly 1.5 miles. The sunsets here are said to be "second to none." This is the perfect beach to just relax and soak up the sun.
Tourists and locals alike flock to Sandy Ground Beach, mostly for its lively atmosphere and popular beachfront restaurants.
Anguilla receives the most visitors in February, with the peak travel season kicking off in late December for the holidays. High season continues through April. And although June to November is considered to be hurricane season with the hottest temperatures, the weather is known to be fairly accommodating with the high humid temperatures starting up in September through November.
- Anguilla can be access by air from Puerto Rico, public ferry from St. Martin, or private boat charter from other neighboring islands.*
- Anguilla is a self-governing overseas British Territory.
- U.S. currency is widely accepted.
- Get to know the locals - they are very friendly and welcoming.
- Rent a car, at least for a day, and take the 45-minute drive around the island.
* The villa team traveled to Anguilla via St. Martin and took the easy route: the public ferry. The ride itself is only about 25 minutes, and the entire process—ticketing, embarkation, and customs—was simple and comfortable. An important piece of advice: sit inside the ferry if you don’t want to get splashed. A few members of the team sat on deck and felt some ocean spray.
Smaller private ferries often include transportation to/from the airport and are a bit quicker (the tream took a private ferry on the way back, and the ride was about 20 minutes). If you’re looking for convenience above cost, a private ferry is definitely the way to go. If you don’t want to travel from St. Martin, you can also fly directly to the Clayton J. Lloyd International Airport in Anguilla.