Anguilla

Travel Guide Caribbean Anguilla

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Introduction

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Though quite small, Anguilla has made a name for itself as a fashionable, luxurious Caribbean destination. Fantastic snorkelling, diving and swimming opportunities, offered by some of the Caribbean's finest beaches, are Anguilla's prime attractions. Travellers can enjoy trips to nearby deserted islets, the waters of which are beautified by amazing coral structures. Being within a ferry ride's distance of populous Saint Martin, Anguilla is perfectly suitable as a day trip from that island, but Anguilla's fine aquatic treasures make it an excellent destination for those in search of a short, relaxing holiday.

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Brief History

It is pretty certain that the Island of Anguilla has been inhabited since 1300 B.C.. Remains of an old settlement dating back to around 600 B.C. have been found. There are claims that Columbus discovered the island in 1493, whether that is true, remains the question. The first settlers were the Dutch, who built a small fort here in 1641, which was destroyed two years later by the Spanish. The English arrived in 1650 from Saint Kitts. In 1656 they were driven out by the Cariben. In 1666 Anguilla was occupied by France for a short while, before it turned British again in 1667

The British founded some plantations on the island, and imported slaves from Africa to do the labour. These plantations were not successful, and after the abolishment of slavery, most landowners returned to Britain, leaving the slaves behind.

Until the early 19th century the island was incorporated into a single British dependency along with Saint Kitts and Nevis. Several attempts at separation failed. In 1971, two years after a revolt, Anguilla was finally allowed become independent in 1980, becoming a separate British dependency.

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Geography

Anguilla is a flat island on which there is not a lot of vegetation, due to the poor quality of the soil, which is a mixture of coral and limestone. It lies about 7 kilometres to the northwest of Saint Martin, separated from that island by the Anguilla Channel. The island has a length of around 25 kilometres, and is not much wider than 5 kilometres at the widest parts. Surrounding the island there are coral reefs. Apart from the main island, there are a number of other smaller islands.

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Regions/Islands

Apart from the main island, Anguilla, there are numerous smaller islands, many uninhabited.

Some of these are:

  • Anguillita, although rarely visited by tourists, offers some good opportunties for divers and snorkellers.
  • Prickly Pear Cays is popular with tourists, thanks to abundant marine and bird life.
  • Scrub Island is a privately owned island with some excellent beaches.
  • Sombrero, or Hat Island is only really visited by biologists engaged in fieldwork and fishermen.

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Cities/Towns

  • The Valley
  • Sandy Ground is Anguilla's main port.
  • Blowing Point Village

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Sights and Activities

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 beache - 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.

Prickly Pear Cays

The Prickly Pear Cays have some of the best diving on Anguilla. The Cays are basically an underwater cavern, where you can have close encounters with creatures like nurse sharks and barracuda which both swim through rock formations not far from several sunken shipwrecks. There are several daytrip options, either organised or by yourself and activities inlcude snorkelling and diving. Most leave from Sandy Ground.

The Fountain

The Fountain is a famous sight on the island of Anguilla. In this large cave you will find some tracks of the history of this small island. There are 1,600 year old Indian rock paintings and it seems that this place was used in the past for religious rituals.

Captain's Bay

Captain’s Bay is located in the northeast of Anguilla. It is a quiet beach to relax and compared to many other beaches there are not so many tourists here. You will find an abundance of tropical fish though. From here, you can see Scrub Island en Little Scrub Island. If it is the Robinson Crusoe experience you want, try and get to Scrub Island, that can be reached from Shoal Bay. The only inhabitants are wild goats and you can makes some fine walks here or just relax even more of course on one of the deserted beaches.

Other sights and activities

  • Dolphin swimming - Dolphin Swimming
  • 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 just over 60 metres 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.
  • 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.

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Events and Festivals

ABC Flower and Garden Show

The ‘ABC’ host of this late February floral exhibition is the Anguilla Beautification Club, which judges floral displays from the island’s most talented gardeners and vegetable growers. Prizes are given for student art, student miniature gardens, best vegetable gardens, and best home gardens.

Moonsplash Reggae Festival

For more than 15 years, famed Anguillan reggae artist Bankie Banx has hosted this annual reggae festival at Rendezvous Bay’s Dune Preserve at the end of each March. The event consists of two days of lively performances by some of the world’s finest reggae musicians followed by an even livelier beach bash at Dune Preserve.

Festival del Mar

Each April, Anguilla honors its maritime heritage with this festival dedicated to the sea. Competitions in triathlons, seafood cooking, fishing, swimming and boat racing all play an important part in this popular Island Harbour event, which also features dry land activities such as volleyball and concert performances.

Anguilla Regatta

Sandy Ground hosts the biggest and best known of Anguilla’s many boat races during three fun filled days in the middle of March. Not only do visitors get to watch Anguilla’s finest race to the finish during this celebration of the island’s national sport, but they can also party the night away at one of Sandy Ground’s bustling beach bars. All of the regatta’s proceeds go towards the Anguilla Youth Sailing Club, which has taught the sport to more than 400 of the island’s most talented young sailors over the years.

Anguilla Summer Festival

Like most Caribbean islands, Anguilla celebrates its own vibrant Carnaval between the months of July and August. The festival’s loudest and liveliest event is J’ouvert, a giant street party beginning at the crack of dawn and lasting until noon. J’ouvert participants follow live soca and calypso bands down the streets until the parade ends with a massive beach party. The Miss Anguilla Queen Pageant and Swimsuit Competition winners are crowned during the island’s largest event, and other activities include boat races and calypso contests.

Tranquility Jazz and Golf Festival

Each November, the Temenos Golf Club and CuisinArt Resort and Spa host this annual celebration of music and the putting green. After golfers finish their challenging Temenos Course rounds each day they head to the lawn for nightly jazz performances to relax. Some of Anguilla’s smaller beach bars have also begun hosting jazz performances of their own.

Anguilla Optimist Race Against AIDS

The Anguilla Optimist Youth Club hosts this annual race to raise awareness and support for AIDS treatment and research prior to International World AIDS Day in November. Participants can choose to run, jog, or simply stroll during the race’s half marathon, 10 km, or five kilometer runs.

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Weather

Anguilla has a hot and humid tropical climate with average daytime temperatures between 28 °C and 30 °C and average nights around 23 °C. Most rain falls between June and October with a change of hurricanes from August onwards. Therefore, the drier (and slightly cooler) December to April period is the best time to visit weatherwise. Unfortunately prices rise sharply during this period and the months of November and May still have good weather. So budgetwise these latter months may be a good option as well.

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Getting there

Plane

Cape Air provides two daily non-stop flights to/from San Juan, Puerto Rico, where Cape Air interlines with most major American airlines: JetBlue, American, Delta, and United. Cape Air's flights are timed to make connections with the mainland. Cape Air's San Juan - Anguilla route can be booked with JetBlue connections on JetBlue.com. As of June 2011 JetBlue is the largest airline at San Juan measured by ASMs, ending American Airlines' long dominance. Anguilla is listed as a JetBlue destination on their website thanks to the partnership with Cape Air.

List provides once daily service to St. Thomas, and onwards to other destinations in the Caribbean.

It may be easier to access Anguilla via St. Maarten, which can be reached non-stop from many eastern U.S. cities, as well as European cities. Anguilla Air Services has three or four (depending on the season) 10-minute flights each way. Visitors may also book local air charters via Trans Anguilla or Anguilla Air Service. Many visitors charter boats privately from the pier near Princess Julianna Airport in St. Maarten to Anguilla. There are also modest, private ferries that depart from Marigot every 30 minutes.

Boat

This is the most common method of transport between Anguilla and St. Martin. There is a chance of getting wet, so choose your seat carefully to sit facing the wind. If you experience sea sickness quite easily, ensure you take medication before boarding and if possible sit towards the back of the vessel for maximum stability.

There are regular small public ferries from Marigot in French St. Martin that cross to Blowing Point, Anguilla in about 20mins. Ferries commence service from 7AM, and run every 45mins. The last ferry departs Anguilla at 6:00PM and St. Martin at 7PM. If traveling from Princess Juliana Airport (SXM) in Sint Maarten (the Dutch part of St. Martin), a dispatcher can direct you to a taxi (approximately $24 - $26 from SXM or $15 from Simpson Bay) for the 10-15min drive to Marigot.

Public Ferry Fees: $53 total for return ticket the same day, broken down to $20 for ferry each way, $5 departure tax in Sint Maarten and $8 departure tax in Anguilla.

There are also direct fast boats between Blowing Point (Anguilla) and Princess Juliana Airport (Sint Maarten) taking 30mins to cross. Airport drop off is also provided with these services (though the boat terminal is only a couple of hundred meters/yds up the road from the Airport). As of 2015 a comprehensive website for all ferry and boat routes to the regional islands, StMartinbookings.com has come online. Schedules & live availability for the fast boats from Anguilla to SXM IATA are available for comparison there.

A taxi to Marigot and the public ferry from there takes a little longer in terms of total journey time but will cost on average about $15 - $20 less than with the SXM Airport direct speed boat services.

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Getting Around

By Car

Getting around by car is usually the best way if you want to explore the more remote corners and don't want to rush too much and enjoy the beaches. There are many international and local agencies at the airport, seaport and the capital The Valley. The main road is tarred and a bit potholed, while gravel roads lead to most beaches. You need a temporary driving permit, which can be bought at the rental agency and remember that driving is on the left side of the road.

Island Car Rental, +1 264-497-2723, is an easy walk from the airport, tucked into Anguilla Motors. They can arrange for you to pick up the car after hours, and do the paperwork next day. Hertz-Triple K, +1 264-497-2934, is also nearby. Other agencies include Avis, +1 264-497-2642, and Bass Car Rental, +1 264-497-2361.

By Taxi

Many visitors find it convenient to take a taxi on arrival, arranging for a rental car later. Taxi service is unmetered, with set rates. If leaving from the airport, a dispatcher will issue a slip showing the fare.Taxi drivers offer island tours lasting several hours. Fares must be paid in cash and or credit card.

By Bicycle

You can also rent bikes and mopeds if you want, cheaper and as distances are not that big and the island is almost flat, this is not a bad option either. The roads do not have shoulders. Traffic is heavy on many main roads from the Valley to points west. Traffic is light in the Shoal Bay and East End areas, but there are some hills.

By Bus

There are no buses on the island, but taxis can take you almost anywhere. There are also possibilities to rent a taxi for several hours at a fixed price. The drivers double as guides but time is limited and most tours are 2-3 hours maximum.

By Boat

There are no regular passenger services, but many tours that go out diving or snorkelling have boats that take you to some of the offshore islands like Prickly Pear Islands in the west.

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Red Tape

A maximum visa-free stay of 3 months is granted to holders of British passports, all European Union citizens and nationals of Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Dominica, East Timor, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Iceland, Israel, Japan, Kiribati, Liechtenstein, Macau, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Monaco, Namibia, Nauru, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Seychelles, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, United States, Uruguay and Vanuatu.

Passengers can stay in transit for 24 hours without a visa except for nationals of Afghanistan, China, Colombia, Croatia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ecuador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Montenegro, Nigeria, Serbia, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Turkey and Uganda.

In addition, holders of a valid visa issued by the United Kingdom and holders of diplomatic passports do not require a visa.

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Money

See also Money Matters

The currency of Anguilla is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar, or EC$. It has existed since 1965 and is used by 7 other states of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States as well. Only the British Virgin Islands (the nineth member) doesn't use it, but uses the US$ instead. The EC$ is subdivided into 100 cents and has been pegged to the United States dollar at US$1 = EC$2.7 since 1976. The EC$ comes in coins of 1, 2, 5, 10 and 25 cents and a coins of 1 dollar. There are notes of 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 dollar.

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Language

English is the official language, spoken everywhere.

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Eat

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

  • 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.
  • Landing Strip Restaurant, Blowing Point.
  • Nico's Restaurant, The Valley.
  • Oriental Restaurant and Bar, The Valley; Chinese restaurant.
  • Roy's Bayside Grill, Sandy Ground Rd, Sandy Ground (Above Crocus Bay), ☎ +1 264-497-2470. Started by a British expat and his wife. Great bargain lunches on Fridays. Very well known for their fish and chips.
  • Smitty's, ☎ +1 264-583-3799. In Island Harbor.
  • Tastys Restaurant, South Hill, ☎ +1-264-497-2737. Excellent food. The chef is very personable and enjoys pleasing his customers.
  • 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.
  • Altamer. Delicious lobsters big as orbiting moons, great service. edit
  • Blanchard's. Great decor, which is unfortunately undermined by the bland food. edit
  • Caprice, West End.
  • da'Vida. Right on the beach in Crocus Bay. Great ambiance and great food. edit
  • Hibernia. Unique food, gracious hosts and a wonderful time always. Worth the drive! edit
  • Kemia, Cap Juluca Hotel, West End.
  • Koal Keel Restaurant, The Valley.
  • Le Bistro, Malliouhana, West End.
  • Mango's Seaside Grill, Barnes Bay, ☎ +1 264-497-6479, e-mail: mangos@anguillanet.com. Directly on the beach, with wonderful seafood.
  • Michel Rostang at Malliouhana (Malliouhana restaurant), Meads Bay Road (oceanfront overlooking Meads Bay), ☎ +1-264-497-6111. 7:30 - 10PM. Incredible view, an awesome view and great food. Conde Nast traveler rated this restaurant 100 out of 100. 10.00 - 50.00.

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Sleep

Choose from an array of hotels, villas, guest houses and apartments to rest your head at night. Rates are in US dollars for high season, typically January to April, and do not include taxes (20% plus $1) unless noted.

  • Allamanda Beach Club Between Shoal Bay Village and Island Harbor; watch for signs to Gwen's Reggae Bar. Tel 1-264-497-5217 or 305-396-4472; Fax 1-264-497-5216; reserve@allamanda.ai [4] Not a fancy resort, Allamanda offers a variety of suites with kitchen at reasonable rates. Zara's Restaurant is on-site. The beach is a short walk away, with beach chairs under palm trees next to Gwen's. $175 (no kitchen) to $240, including tax.
  • La Vue, Back Street, South Hills Village (off the main road, after the Sandy Ground Roundabout), ☎ +1-264-497-6623, e-mail: info@lavueanguilla.com. This little B&B sits in a little neighborhood on a bluff, overlooking Sandy Ground. You'll need a car to get to the beach. One-bedroom suite $200, Two-bedroom $322, with breakfast, including taxes.
  • Lloyd's Bed and Breakfast, Old Courthouse Rd., The Valley, ☎ +1-264-497-2351, fax: +1-264-497-3028, e-mail: lloyds@anguillanet.com. In a residential neighborhood on Crocus Hill in The Valley; it's a very steep quarter mile to the beach. Lloyd's is a bit of Anguilla history. The first guest accommodation on the island, it was the scene of gunfire during the revolution. Rooms, in a variety of decor, now have AC, TV and baths, but the exterior preserves the traditional look. $145 year around, with breakfast, including taxes.
  • Anacaona Boutique Hotel Meads Bay, on main road to West End. Tel +1-264-497 6827 or 877-647-4736; Fax 1-264-497 6829; info@anacaonahotel.com Formerly La Sirena. The rooms have been renovated, and the grounds are as beautiful as ever. The beach is a few minutes away, through the grounds and along a short path. In addition to the double rooms, there are a few junior, two- and three-bedroom suites. Rooms $265 and $325; suites to $530.
  • Anguilla Great House, Willow Lane, Rendezvous Bay, ☎ +1-264-497-6061, toll-free: +1-800-583-9247, e-mail: info@anguillagreathouse.com. Cottage-style accommodations open on grounds right on the beach. Has the feel of an old family-style resort. $310 to $340; meal plans extra.
  • Arawak Beach Inn, ☎ +1-877-427-2925, +1-264-497-4888, fax: +1-264-497-4889, e-mail: relax@arawakbeach.com. Island Harbor.Rooms in Caribbean-style cottages, with have ocean view. The beach is steps away from the property. Rooms with and without kitchens. Older rooms have AC by request only, at a fee. $245 - $375.
  • Fountain Anguilla, Shoal Bay East, ☎ +1 615-216-5600, e-mail: reservations@refinedretreats.com. Offers suites, one- and two-bedroom condominiums with much more space than a typical hotel. Newly constructed with modern amenities. $165 daily and up.
  • Shoal Bay Villas, Shoal Bay, ☎ +1-264-497-2051, fax: +1-264-497-3631, e-mail: sbvillas@anguillanet.com. Studios, one- and two-bedroom suites, all with kitchens, on the beach. Several restaurants are nearby. One-bedroom Suite $360 to $480. 2-bedroom $580.
  • Cap Juluca Samuel Flemings Rd, Maundays Bay, near West End. Tel +1-264-497-6666; Fax +1-264-497-6617. Reservations: 1-888-858-5822. Luxury at a price to match. A range of rooms and suites in villas along the beach. Or rent a whole villa with private pool! How do you pronounce Juluca? The J has an English, not Spanish pronunciation, but even hotel representatives vary what syllable to accent. Rooms from $995; suites and villas to $5,985.
  • Carimar Beach Club Meads Bay, on John Hodges Rd. Tel +1-264-497-6881; Reservations Only: 866-270-3764; Fax: +1-264-497-6071; carimar@carimar.com A classic of Mediterranean style architecture. On the beach at the east end of Meads Bay. One-bedroom Suite $230-425. Two-bedroom suites $380-675.
  • CuisinArt Resort and Spa Rendezvous Bay, via Botanic Rd. Tel +1-264-498-2000; Fax: 264. 498. 2010; Concierge: concierge@cuisinart.ai. Reservations: (US, PR and Canada): +1-8001943-3210; +1-264-497-4900; reservations@cuisinart.ai Yes, the food-processor folks. Seriously good food here, with their own hydroponic garden. Luxurious rooms and suites (as many as five bedrooms) range from large to huge. On the beach at Rendezvous Bay. Rooms $659, Suites $1050 to $4600.
  • Frangipani Beach Club Meads Bay, on John Hodges Rd. (John Hodges is a loop road, stay on the main road until the second time you see it). Ph 1-877-593-8988, 1-264-497-6442;Fax:1-264-497-6440; info@frangipaniresort.com Right on Meads Bay beach. Nineteen beautiful rooms and suites. Room rates include continental breakfast and beach equipment. Rooms $395 and $560; suites to $1550.
  • Viceroy Anguilla Near West End; entrance is on main road. Tel +1-264 497-7000; Fax: +1-264 497 7100. Reservations, US: +1-800-578-0283 Newest of the luxury resorts, on the point between Meads and Barnes Bays, with spectacular views from its bar. Has a range of rooms, suites and villas. Rooms from $800; 4-bedroom villa around $3,500.

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Drink

  • Elodias, Shoal Bay, there is a live band on Sunday evenings.
  • Elvis Beach Bar, Sandy Ground.
  • English Rose Restaurant, The Valley, karaoke on Friday nights.
  • Dune Preserve, West End.
  • Johnno's Beach Bar and Grill, Sandy Ground.
  • Ko Ko's Beach Bar, Island Harbour.
  • The Pumphouse in Sandy Ground next to the old salt flats.
  • Rafe's, Sandy Ground.
  • Ripples, Sandy Ground.
  • 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!!).
  • 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.

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Health

See also Travel Health

There are no vaccinations legally required to travel to Anguilla. There is one exception though. You need a yellow fever vaccination if you have travelled to a country (7 days or less before entering Anguilla) where that disease is widely prevalent.

It's a good thing to get your vaccinations in order before travelling to Anguilla. The general vaccination against Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio (DTP) is recommended. Also a hepatitis A vaccination is recommended and vaccination against hepatitis B and typhoid are also sometimes recommended for stays longer than 3 months.

Dengue sometimes occurs as well. There is no vaccinations, so buy mosquito repellent (preferably with 50% DEET), and sleep under a net. Also wear long sleeves if possible.

Finally, other possible health issues include diarrhea and other general travellers' diseases like motion sickness. Watch what you eat and drink and in case you get it, drink plenty of fluids (to prevent dehydration) and bring ORS.

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Safety

See also Travel Safety

Anguilla is a safe island with a low crime rate. But please take necessary precautions—lock your doors at night, don't leave personal belongings in your unlocked rental car and don't give rides to pedestrians.

The Police station is in the capital, The Valley. Also, the hospital, Princess Alexandra Hosipal. There is only one hospital in Anguilla, however, there are many private doctors, including Hughes Medical Center located in West End. There are many Medical Clinics located in many villages such as, The Valley, West End, East End and Blowing Point.

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Keep Connected

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The country calling code to Anguilla is: 1-264
To make an international call from , the code is: 011

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Quick Facts

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Capital
The Valley
Population
12,000
Government
Self governing part of British West Indies
Religions
Christianity (Protestant, Catholic)
Languages
English, Leeward Caribbean Creole English
Calling Code
+1264
Nationality
Anguillan
Local name

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