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Travel Guide Caribbean British Virgin Islands Anegada

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Introduction

Anegada is the northernmost island of the British Virgin Islands and because of the price and time it takes to get there, also less crowded. It has some of the finest beaches, snorkelling and diving of the islands.

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Geography

It lies approximately 24 kilometres north of Virgin Gorda. Anegada is the only inhabited British Virgin Island formed from coral and limestone,rather than being of volcanic origin. While the other islands are mountainous, Anegada is flat and low. Its highest point is only about 8.5 metres above sea level, earning it its name, which is the Spanish term for the flooded land, "tierra anegada".

At about 38 square kilometres, Anegada is the second largest of the British Virgin Islands, but it is also the most sparsely populated of the main islands, with a population as at the 2010 Census of 285. Most of the population on Anegada live in the only village, The Settlement.

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Cities

  • The Settlement

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Sights and Activities

Probably one of the least developed parts of the British Virgin Islands, at least two-thirds of Anegada's shoreline is pristine beach and the turquoise waters offer fantastic snorkeling and swimming. Loblolly Bay and beach is one of the best pieces of sand anywhere in the world and there are several beach bars to have a drink and just enjoy some of the most relaxing places in the Caribbean without the huge cruiseship crowds.

The western side of Anegada consists mostly of a large salt pond sporting flocks of flamingoes. There are kilometres of beaches to enjoy. It is easy to spend a day on the beach without seeing another living soul.

You can inquire about fishing day trips with Lil Bit Taz or at Neptune's Treasure.

There is a small museum at the Pomato Point Restaurant which has relics from centuries past that have washed ashore.

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Events and Festivals

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Weather

Anegada has a very pleasant and tropical climate with generally warm and humid weather. The seabreeze makes things relatively mild though and water is never far away. Temperatures generally average around 30 °C during the day yearround and 23 °C at night. December to May is the dry season, where July to October is the rainy season, but this generally means some showers at the end of the day instead of days of rain on end. Hurricanes are possible though from August to October.

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Getting There

By Plane

Fly BVI serves Anegada from Tortola. Aero Gorda flies to Anegada as well. There are another 4 flights between Tortola and Anegada with Clair Aero.

By Boat

Smith's Ferry now makes sailings to and from Anegada and both Tortola (Road Town) and Virgin Gorda (Spanish Town) three times a week in both directions.

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Getting Around

Jeeps and trucks are available for rent on the island. If staying at the Anegada Reef Hotel or one of the villas on the island, you can inquire about having a rental car available for you at the airport. A taxi across the island, say between a remote beach and the Settlement, can be arranged at most restaurants or hotels.

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Eat

If you are staying in a villa with a fully equipped kitchen, you can go down to the docks and ask around for fresh conch, fish and lobster that you can cook yourself. Groceries on the island are sparse. You can head down to Faulkner's Country Store for a few staples. Most visitors contact a grocery on Tortola before arriving for provisioning. Riteway in Tortola will deliver your grocery order to the government dock via the ferry which arrives Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The government dock is right by Potter's by the Sea and not difficult to find. Everyone seems to go down to meet the ferry when it comes in and the locals will help direct you there.

You can also stop by Dotsy's Bakery in The Settlement for breakfast and lunch.

Fresh fruits and vegetables are available from Henny's garden, behind an ordinary residence near the Settlement. (Just ask a local where Henny's is.)

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Drink

Be sure to try a Painkiller or a Bushwacker.

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