Destination Spotlight – Anguilla
Anguilla, an island that welcomes you with open arms and invites you to discover its white beaches and breathtaking turquoise seas all tucked away in the northern Caribbean. Anguilla exudes an easy and low key elegance all at that wonderfully casual island tempo.
Visit Anguilla and create friendships and memories that will last a lifetime.
How do you get to paradise
Anguilla is the most northerly of the Leeward Islands. The island is 16 miles long and 3 miles wide (35 square miles), a short 20 minute sea shuttle ride from east coast of St Martin, in the Northern Caribbean.
Anguilla’s Clayton J. Lloyd International Airport is easily accessible by air, the main gateway cities are Puerto Rico, St. Maarten/Martin, Antigua and St. Kitts.
From Puerto Rico, Anguilla is just a one-hour direct ﬂight via Cape Air or Rainbow International Airlines.
From Antigua, LIAT provides one scheduled ﬂight per day into Anguilla. Private air charters are also available to and from Antigua, St. Kitts and from various islands throughout the Caribbean
The closest gateway is St. Maarten/Martin and is the best gateway for Canadians and can be accessed with American Airlines and US Airways from across Canada and direct flights from Toronto and Montreal with Air Canada, WestJet and Sunwing Air.
From there Anguilla’s Clayton J. Lloyd International Airport is just a seven-minute ﬂight via Trans Anguilla, Anguilla Air Services or private charter. Ferry transportation to and from Anguilla is convenient, simple and inexpensive.
The ferries run all day between the hours of 7:30 am and 6:15 pm (departing Anguilla). The last return ferry to Anguilla departs St. Martin at 7:00pm. Ferries run approximately every 30 to 45 minutes, and the trip takes about 25 minutes.
Sunny days and star-filled nights
Anguilla’s weather is very constant year round so you can expect warm sunny weather almost anytime you go with an average temperature of 80ºF and gentle trade wind breezes year round. Rains typically fall in September and October, but usually not all day; and February through March is the dry season.
Water temperatures range between 70ºF and 80ºF which makes it perfect for swimming. Most beaches are placid and calm with gentle shoals; occasionally, the Atlantic side of the island can produce some surf.
This generally happens in the winter months when swells move off the East Coast of the United States. Surfers can’t be guaranteed waves, but wind and kite surfers find Anguilla to be heaven.
Down every road
Anguillan’s are genuinely happy to share the sites and sounds of the island with any visitor. Anguilla is a very safe and compact island so the best way to see it is to rent a car and explore. You might opt to take a cab unless you are adventurous as they do drive on the left! Bike rentals are a wonderful option to get out and enjoy the history and heritage and the genial way of life.
* Heritage Trail
* Heritage Museum
* Arawak Indian cave petroglyphs
* Sandy Ground a must for nightlife and dining
* Walblake House
* Daytrips to the Outer islands (Sandy Island, Prickly Pear Island, Scilly Cay)
* Excellent scuba diving with Shoal Bay Scuba or Special D. Diving and Charters
* Over 20 Art Galleries
* 18 Hole Greg Norman Championship “Cuisinart Golf Club”
* Anguilla Tennis Acadamy – world class tennis facility
* Bird Watching and hiking
Be seen on the dining scene
If Anguilla’s beaches are the most enviable feature of our island, then Anguilla’s world-class restaurants come in a close second.
Known as the “Cuisine Capitol of the Caribbean”, Anguilla’s extraordinary dining scene offers discerning travelers a robust variety of gastronomic diversions with more than 100 dining experiences ranging from elegant, intimate gourmet seaside restaurants to casually chic beachfront bistros and affordable roadside grills.
Many restaurants have gained fame internationally such as Blanchard’s, Koal Keel and Pimm’s at Cap Juluca hotel.
Wine? Of course they have wine! In addition to the culinary arts, Anguilla has two of the region’s largest wine cellars at Malliouhana Restaurant and Koal Keel Restaurant. Malliouhana, winner of Wine Spectator’s Grande Award, houses more than 25,000 bottles of wine, and Koal Keels cellar, Le Dome, holds more than 35,000 bottles.
Take advantage of all of Anguilla’s restaurants without hesitation. The island holds itself to a higher standard of excellence when it comes to dining and food — so you know it is always going to be a treat.
A place to relax and lay your head
Three of the top hotel recommendations in the Caribbean are here. Internationally rated with accolades from travel writers, Anguilla has luxury resorts, spectacular villas, cozy guest houses, handsome condo residences and a collection of delightful small hotels aptly named The Charming Escapes Collection. Here are some of our top recommendations
Signature Hotels: Viceroy Hotel and Residences, CuisiArt Golf Resort and Spa, Cap Juluca – ask about exclusive Vision 2000 Virtuoso Amenities at these hotels.
Charming Escapes Collection: Paradise Cove, Carimar Beach Club Anacaona Boutique Hotel
Villas: Meads Bay Villas, Sheriva, Moonraker
“Lime” (hang out) or “mash sand” (dance)
* Moonsplash – Yearly music festival featuring international and local talent
* Festival del Mar- Celebrates Anguilla’s seafaring heritage
* Anguilla Summer Festival – boat racing, carnival and parade
* Festival de Noel-tree lighting
And no trip to Anguilla is complete without an evening at Sandy Ground. A sleepy village by day, at night the imaginative beach bars, and fun and casual restaurants come alive with music, dancing and lively conversation. Not to be missed is Thursday at The Pumphouse for dancing and a photo with the world famous Elvis of Elvis’s Bar.
Anguilla is home to 3 Virtuoso properties that offer you added value and an unparalleled level of service. Contact your Vision 2000 Travel Advisor for access to these exclusive amenities in Anguilla