There may be over 7,000 islands within the Caribbean, but there are few like Anguilla. With its exclusive reputation, stunning white beaches, and perfect climate, it’s no surprise that this island is known to be a paradise destination for many worldwide. So, what to do when you’re in Anguilla? Let’s find out.
Where to go on Anguilla?
Anguilla is a small island, with a population of around 15,000, but don’t let that fool you into thinking there is nothing to do and see; there’s so much to experience and so many things to do in Anguilla.
The island is famous for its beautiful beaches and amazing views, and with beautiful white sands and calm waters you can understand why! With over 30 beaches on the island you certainly won’t run out of things to do in Anguilla. Here are our favourite three:
Shoal Bay East
A two mile stretch of perfect white sand sounds amazing, doesn’t it? That’s exactly what you will find at the famous beach at Shoal Bay village. Previously voted the world’s best beach, you may be inclined to spend your entire stay here, and we wouldn’t blame you if you did!
Found between Limestone Bay and Crocus Bay is perhaps the most exclusive beach on the island; located within a cove, this beach is only accessible via boat. This beach is perfect for a peaceful afternoon of isolation.
Rendezvous bay is home to calm waters and a beautiful beach. A seat on the beautiful sands will provide a view of St. Marteen in the distance. This beach can be found on the southwest coast of Anguilla and is highly recommended to all visitors of the island.
Things to do in Anguilla
If you’re in an Anguilla villa with a pool, you may be tempted to spend your trip alternating between the sun lounger and the beautiful warm water; but if you wanted to experience some of the islands heritage and you’re wondering what to do in Anguilla then here a few options for you to explore:
A major annual festivity that is commonplace amongst many Caribbean islands is the Carnival, and Anguilla is no different. The islands national Carnival began in 1961 and has since become a major attraction for locals and tourists alike. The events run for 10 days and involves costumed street parades, fireworks, and even Miss Anguilla & Carnival Queens pageants. Summer Festival begins at the end of July; this encompasses the Carnival as well as other related activities such as beach parties and boat races. The carnival will be held from the 3rd August – 13th August in 2017.
If you want to experience and learn some of the history of Anguilla then you can visit the Heritage museum, found in the East End Village. The museum shows an insight in to the culture of the island and is a must see for anybody hoping to explore the true history of Anguilla. Included within the fascinating artefacts on show is an exhibit on the Anguilla revolution of 1967-1969.
If you’re looking for a once in a lifetime experience while in Anguilla, then you should visit Dolphin Discovery. Located in Blowing Point Beach, Dolphin Discovery provides you with the opportunity to swim and interact with dolphins. This is a great place for animal lovers, children, or those who have not yet had the opportunity to swim with dolphins!
Where to eat?
You will never be hard pushed to find amazing locations to eat on the island. With varied options available, from formal restaurant cuisine to casual beach snacks, there is definitely something for everyone. We highly recommend visiting as many places as you can to truly experience all that Anguilla has to offer, and to give you some inspiration we have provided our top three spots:
Sandy Island Restaurant
This popular restaurant is just a short speedboat trip away from the mainland. Sandy Island offers a fantastic traditional restaurant, offering delicious food prepared fresh on the island. Not only does it provide a fantastic menu, it also provides stunning views of the calm waters and beautiful beaches. You can see their website here.
The Straw Hat
The Straw Hat restaurant provides a slightly quirky and authentic dining experience. The restaurant has a theme which, as the name suggests, involves the use of straw hats for lights, snack baskets and more. In fact, you can even take one as a souvenir of your visit! Located next to the beach, you will never be short of a perfect view whilst you eat. The Straw Hat can be found between Barnes Bay and Long Bay.
If you’re looking for something great for the kids, or somewhere relaxing to enjoy the atmosphere, then Smokey’s is a great choice. Located on the beachfront with tables on the sand, this restaurant offers dining as close to the sea as possible. This charming restaurant can be found at Merrywing Bay.
With the long list of things to do in Anguilla; whether you choose to spend your stay exploring the island, learning the history, or lying on the various beaches the island has to offer (or all three), we’re sure you won’t be disappointed.
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