If you are looking for a luxurious island getaway, Anguilla is just the place for you. Named the number one island in the Caribbean by Travel and Leisure. You won’t find any crowds or pushy salespeople here, just a laid back atmosphere, with genuinely friendly natives. With relatively flat terrain, there are very few storms on the island, allowing you to enjoy more fun in the sun. Anguilla is well-known for its beautiful beaches, luxurious accommodations, and one-of-a-kind cuisine. And the best way to fully experience all the island has to offer is by staying in one of the many lavish Anguilla villas.
Anguilla is known for its beautiful beaches, and with 33 to choose from, you have plenty of options. You can truly enjoy the serenity of the crystal clear waters and soft sands, because even the most popular beaches are never crowded. Be sure to visit these favorites.
Shoal Bay East
This vast stretch of white, soft sand is not only considered to be one of the best beaches in Anguilla, but in all of the Caribbean. Its clear waters are home to some of the most beautiful coral gardens, making it the ideal location for both swimming and snorkeling.
Rendezvous Bay Beach
Rendezvous Bay Beach is best known for its picturesque sunsets, perfect for a romantic evening stroll. The calm, shallow waters also make this a great option for families with small children.
Meads Bay Beach
Among Anguilla’s luxurious villas and resorts lies one of the most popular beaches of the west end. Meads Bay Beach is known for its tranquil, azure waters and variety of dining options. If you are looking for fine dining, look no further than Blanchards, which was Anguilla’s very first five-star restaurant. It is known all over the Caribbean for its upscale cuisine and service, yet it still maintains a relaxing environment.
History and Culture
Everything in Anguilla takes you back to a simpler, more peaceful time and place, but nothing more than its historical landmarks.
The Valley is the capital of Anguilla and also the hub of the island’s art and culture. It is filled with historic stonework and architecture, old cotton plantations and factories, and art galleries, many of which can be seen on the self-guided Heritage Tour. Stop by Koal Keel for lunch, which is part of Warden’s Place. Built in the 1790s, it was once the home of a cotton and sugar plantation and still uses the original rock oven for cooking. For a breathtaking view of the city and much of the island, be sure to stop at Crocus Hill, the highest point of the island, while you are here.
The Wallblake House
One of the most popular stops on the Heritage Tour is the Wallblake House. This plantation home was built in 1787 and is the only one that still has all of its original structures. It is filled with interesting artifacts that bring the past to life.
While Anguilla is home to some of the most breathtaking beaches in the Caribbean, there is also plenty of beauty to be found in the water as well.
Best Dive Sites
Some of the most exquisite beauty can be found underneath the water. Anguilla takes pride in its extensive reef system and underwater caves. The natural coral reef system, along with ships that have been sunk to create artificial reefs, make great viewing areas for exotic marine life, including eels, stingrays and sea turtles. Prickly Pear, Dog Island, Stoney Bay Marine Park, Sandy Island, Shoal Bay Harbour Reef System, Seal Island Reef System, and Little Bay are all excellent locations for snorkeling or scuba diving. You can visit an authentic sunken ship at Stoney Bay Marine Park. It is the site of the El Buen Consejo that was shipwrecked there in 1772.
If you plan on doing some scuba diving at Little Bay, treat yourself to a scenic sailboat ride to get there, or if you are feeling a little adventurous, you can rent a kayak. However you get there, this is one stop you won’t want to miss.
For those who would like an even closer marine life encounter, make sure to visit Dolphin Discovery in Blowing Point beach. I mean, who hasn’t dreamed of spending their day swimming with the dolphins? With multiple packages to choose from, you can find the experience that is just right for you. Professional photographs are available so you can remember this day for years to come.
No matter how you choose to spend your days, you are sure to find out why Anguilla is considered to be the best island in the Caribbean.