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Anguilla is a small island nation in the Caribbean Sea, a few miles north of Saint Martin.


Of the many villages scattered across the island, these are of most interest to visitors.

  • The Valley - the capital and commercial center
  • Blowing Point - terminal for ferries from St. Martin
  • Island Harbour - home to small fishing fleet
  • Sandy Ground - bars and restaurants along beach

Other destinations

Here are a few of the many beaches:

  • Meads Bay - several resorts and restaurants
  • Rendezvous Bay - long beach with view of St. Martins
  • Little Bay - tiny beach accessible by boat
  • Crocus Bay - reached by a steep road from The Valley
  • Shoal Bay (East) - long beach with reefs protecting it from surf
  • Savanna Bay - long undeveloped beach; you may have it to yourself

Several islands offer dining and drinking or solitude

  • Scrub Island - you and the birds
  • Sandy Island - not far from Sandy Ground
  • Scilly Cay - in Island Harbor


Anguilla was colonized by English settlers from Saint Kitts in 1650, and administered by Great Britain until the early 19th century, when the island - against the wishes of the inhabitants - was incorporated into a single UK dependency along with Saint Kitts and Nevis. Several attempts at separation failed. In 1971, two years after a revolt, Anguilla was finally allowed to secede; this arrangement was formally recognized in 1980 with Anguilla becoming a separate UK dependency.

Anguilla has few natural resources, and the economy depends heavily on luxury tourism, offshore banking, lobster fishing, and remittances from emigrants. Increased activity in the tourism industry, which has spurred the growth of the construction sector, has contributed to economic growth.


Anguilla is a flat and low-lying island. It is 35 sq. miles, 16 miles long and 3 miles wide at the widest point. The highest point is Crocus Hill, at 65 meters.

The island is made of limestone, providing many caves. Two of the most impressive being The Big Springs located in Island Harbour and The Fountain located in Shoal Bay.

Anguilla also has many attractive coral reefs which provides habitats for a vast array of tropical fish and marine wildlife. This motivates individuals to take part in snorkeling.

Get in

By 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.

Liat 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.

By 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 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.

Get around

By car

For most visitors, a rented car is the best option. Even if you are staying at a full-service resort, you will want to sample the many beaches and restaurants on the island. Pick up a copy of the Skyviews map, usually available at Immigration and elsewhere. Driving is on the left-hand side of the road. Speeds are low, but the island is small. Main roads are paved; most are in good condition. There are also a few roundabouts and stop lights throughout the island. Road names are not always posted, and some roads change names (the road from The Valley to the West End has a half dozen names along the way), but there are destination signs at main intersections and roundabouts. Many secondary roads are sand or dirt, ranging from smooth to very poor.

There are no car rental agencies at the airport, but all will deliver to your hotel. Island Car Rental, +1 264-497-2723,[1] 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, [2] and Bass Car Rental, +1 264-497-2361, [3]

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

The island does not lend itself to relaxed bicycling. 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.


English is the official language, spoken everywhere.



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 beaches—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.


Take some time to learn about the events that have shaped the island's people. Few historic buildings survive, but you will find links to the past around the island;

  • 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.
  • 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 213 feet 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.

Island life

At Island Harbour you can see local fishermen and sailors at work. On the road to West End, past the Sandy Ground roundabout, you may see a racing boat under construction, under a shed on the right side of the road. The boat races are major events, celebrating the return of workers from the cane fields of the Dominican Republic in the old days, and perhaps also the nautical skills of the smugglers of years past.

Anguilla has many farms of corn, peas, tomatoes and other crops. To see, buy or learn about plants and animals in Anguilla one can visit The Department of Agriculture, located in The Valley, Anguilla. The Anguilla National Trust can provide information on Anguilla's environment and conducts tours. Its main task is to preserve Anguilla's natural environment, historic and cultural resources and archaeology. If you're interested in gardens, try the Hydroponic Farm and Organic Gardens, at CuisinArt Resort and Spa, West End Village or the Endangered Species Garden and Indigenous Local Plants Gardens at the Cap Juluca Resort.


The salt ponds, uplands and beaches provide habitat for a variety of birds. Stop by the National Trust office to buy A Guide to the Birds of Anguilla, with color photos and maps of birding areas. Pelicans and brown boobies dive for fish along the beaches. Frigate birds glide high above. Ducks and wading birds can often be seen at the Sandy Ground salt pond. Even at your hotel, you may see hummingbirds among the flowering shrubs or the small bananaquit in the trees.


Hiking, Art Gallery Tours, Horseback Riding at Seaside Stables, El Rancho Del Blues and CLiffside Stables. Tennis, Golf at Play-A-Round Mini-Golf Park and Temenos Golf Club, Spa and Wellness, Glass-bottom boat, Swimming, Snorkeling, Fishing, Festivals: Anguilla Summer Festival, Tranquility Jazz Festival, Moonsplash, Festival Del Mar, Annual Anguilla Yacht Regatta and Annual Lighting of the Christmas Tree.

  • Seaside Stables, Cove Bay. Horseback Riding on the Beach
  • Dolphin Discovery, Blowing Point. Swim with dolphins



The currency of the country is the East Caribbean dollar, denoted by the symbol: "$" or "EC$" (ISO currency code: XCD), which is also used by seven other island nations in the Caribbean. The EC dollar is subdivided into 100 cents. It is pegged to the United States dollar at an exchange rate of US$1 = EC$2.70.

Coins circulate in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10 and 25 cents and 1 dollar. Banknotes circulate in denominations of 10, 20, 50, and 100 dollars.

Though the East Caribbean dollar is the local currency, most places frequented by tourists price goods and services in U.S. dollars and all locations accept U.S. dollars for payment. On occasion, you may receive small change in a mix of USD and XCD.

Credit cards are taken at hotels and restaurants (not everywhere will accept Amex. MasterCard/Visa preferred).

Art galleries

Several art galleries offer the works of Anguillan and other Caribbean artists, with prices from a few dollars to thousands.

  • Alak Art Gallery, ? +1-264-497-7270. On road to Shoal Bay Village, and in South Hills Village, on road to West End, past Sandy Ground roundabout. Now that local artist Louise Brooks has retired from teaching, she offers her work and that of other artists at two locations. A nice selection of craft and fine-art items. Most prices from a few dollars to a few hundred.
  • Savannah Gallery, ? +1-264-497-2263, e-mail: savannah@anguillanet.com. On Coronation Ave., The Valley, on the way to Crocus Bay. This gallery displays fine Caribbean art in a traditional building in this historic neighborhood. The owner is a great source of information about the island, and welcomes casual visitors. Most prices from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars.
  • Stone Cellar Art Gallery, ? +1-264-498-0123. In The Valley, near Walleblake House. Tucked under Sotheby's Realty in the historic Old Factory, the gallery is an intriguing backdrop for fine art. Reproductions of old maps from a few dollars, original art in the thousands.


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


  • Amy's Bakery, Blowing Point
  • B & D's BBQ, Long Bay
  • Big Jim's BBQ, Blowing Point
  • Hall's Unique Bakery, The Valley
  • Le Bon Pain, (French bakery) Island Harbour
  • Mary's Bakery, The, Quarter
  • Uncle Ernie's on Shoal Bay beach; inexpensive local BBQ


  • English Rose Restaurant, The Valley.
  • Gwen's Reggae Grill, Shoal Bay.
  • 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. Above Crocus Bay; started by a British expat and his wife. Great bargain lunches on Fridays. Very well known for their fish and chips.
  • Smitty's. 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.
  • Blanchard's. Great decor, which is unfortunately undermined by the bland food.
  • Caprice, West End.
  • da'Vida. Right on the beach in Crocus Bay. Great ambiance and great food.
  • Deon's Overlook. Formerly Cyril's Overlook of Montauk/NY fame but now in the trusty hands of Deon. Fabulous seafood and great gazpacho soup!
  • Hibernia. Unique food, gracious hosts and a wonderful time always. Worth the drive!
  • Kemia, Cap Juluca Hotel, West End.
  • Koal Keel Restaurant, The Valley.
  • Le Bistro, Malliouhana, West End.
  • Mango's. Directly on the beach, with wonderful seafood.
  • 1 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.
  • Pimms, Cap Juluca Hotel, West End.
  • Straw Hat. Don't miss the crayfish here!
  • Santorini, CuisinArt, West End.
  • Veya, Sandy Ground.


There are many places to lounge, listen to music and dance such as:

  • 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.


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 or 1-800-583-9247FORMAT, 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.
  • 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.


  • Altamer Villas - Shoal Bay West
  • Bird of Paradise - Sandy Hill Bay
  • Exclusivity - Captain's Bay
  • Kamique Little Harbour Villas - Little Harbour
  • Coyaba Manor - Lockrum Estate
  • Sheriva Villas - Maundays Bay Road, West End
  • Spyglass Hill Villa - North Hill
  • Temenos Villas - Long Bay

Stay safe

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 ValleyWest End, East End and Blowing Point.

Stay healthy

Anguilla offers a variety of Spas and Wellness centers, Gyms and Healthy Food stores.


  • Louis Price Fitness, George Hill.
  • Cardigan Connor, Personal Trainer

Spas and Wellness Centers

  • Cardigan Connor's Massage
  • OSSIA Massage and Esthetics, South Hill
  • Taino Wellness Center
  • Carey's Ultimate Care Spa, North Side
  • Malakh Day Spa, Shoal Bay Beach, next to Gwen's Reggae Grill

Healty Food Stores


The beautiful people of Anguilla are incredibly friendly and hospitable.

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Fodor's In Focus St. Maarten/St. Martin, St. Barth & Anguilla (Full-color Travel Guide)

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roam around Anguilla

AR Corbin

This second edition of “roam around Anguilla” is a comprehensive Caribbean travel book and includes attractions & activities, a comprehensive dining guide to the island’s many restaurants & descriptions of the beaches, plus other useful information. The authors have visited Anguilla and have personally experienced many of the island’s attractions. All of the photographs in this Anguilla travel guide were taken by the authors.Please use the “Look Inside” option to view the Table of Contents of this Anguilla travel guide. The working ToC means that you can click on any item in the contents and go straight to the beginning of that chapter. Naturally, there are lots of photographs and maps included in this Caribbean travel guide.The first chapter in this Anguilla book, “Information About Anguilla”, includes a map of the island, general information - banking & shopping hours, currency exchange rates, departure taxes, advice about acceptable attire in public places, entry & wedding requirements, and a whole lot of other useful bits of information that will help to ensure that you have an enjoyable visit to the island and make the most of your time there.The second chapter, “Background to Anguilla”, contains an overview of the island’s history from settlement by Europeans to the present.The third chapter in this Caribbean travel book, “The Valley”, includes a detailed map of the capital, plus a description of the town and the amenities to be found there.Anguilla is a very beautiful island with many fabulous beaches, several of which are shown in the photographs in this Caribbean travel guide book. The “Beaches” chapter includes general descriptions of the amenities at each beach on Anguilla. “Water Based Activities” describes all of the things available to do in and on the water, including scuba diving, kayaking, day sailing and lots more.Anguilla is relatively flat, but there are walking trails, and excellent birdwatching opportunities in the salt ponds, all of which are described in the chapter “Land Based Activities”.Historical sites and buildings are detailed in a separate chapter by the same name.This Anguilla guide ebook includes a comprehensive & detailed guide to the island’s restaurants, whether it be formal black tie dining, casual T-shirt dining or something in between. With this Caribbean guidebook you can get a good idea of what’s available before you set foot on the island.This Anguilla book includes information about getting around the island, things to do at night and festivals that take place during the year. Anguilla is quite tiny and has a decent road network, so getting around is very easy.“roam around Anguilla” is part of the “roam around” series of Caribbean guidebooks for Kindle and Kindle apps, and what makes these books really unique is that the author and photographer visit each island prior to writing and publishing a guidebook. If you’d like to get a sneak peak into this Anguilla guide ebook, “roam around Anguilla” 2nd edition, scroll up to the top of this page and click on the “Look Inside” feature at the top left hand side of the page.

Anguilla, British West Indies, Road Map with Street Index, Heritage Trails and Diving Sites

Kasprowski Publisher

This first and only complete road map with a street index of Anguilla ( Scale 1 : 25 000 ) renders all the island's known roads and streets with their names and locates heritage trails and diving sites. *** The map is sold folded, measuring 4 7/8" x 8 7/8" ( 12.5 cm x 22.5 cm ) and is designed for easy opening and refolding. Its full unfolded format is 26 3/8" x 38 1/2" ( 67 cm x 98 cm ).

Anguilla: Tranquillity Wrapped in Blue

Arif Ali

With its pristine, white-sand beaches, washed by crystal-clear waters, Anguilla embodies tranquillity itself. This lavishly illustrated book provides unique insight into one of the Caribbean's - and world's - most exclusive tourist destinations.

roam around Anguilla

AR Corbin

“roam around Anguilla” is a comprehensive travel guide book that is dedicated entirely to the island of Anguilla. The authors visited the island to experience it firsthand, and have written from their own perspective as visitors to the island. All of the photographs in this Anguilla travel guide were taken by the authors.Table of Contents in this Anguilla travel guide:Information About AnguillaThe ValleyBeachesWater Based ActivitiesLand Based ActivitiesHistorical SitesNightlifeEating OutFestivalsGetting Around AnguillaTravel TipsAbout UsThe Table of Contents is a working ToC, which means that you can click on any item in the contents and go straight to the beginning of that chapter. Naturally, there are lots of photographs and maps included in this Caribbean travel guide.The first chapter, “Information About Anguilla”, includes a map of the island that can be used as a navigational tool when exploring by car, bicycle or on foot. It contains general information about the island, including banking and shopping hours, currency exchange rates, departure taxes, advice about acceptable attire in public places, entry requirements, wedding requirements, and a whole lot of other useful bits of information that will help to ensure that you have an enjoyable visit to the island and make the most of your time there.The second chapter in this Caribbean travel book, “The Valley”, includes a detailed map of the capital of Anguilla that can easily be used to find your way around, plus a description of the town and the amenities to be found there.Anguilla is a very beautiful island with absolutely stunning beaches, several of which are shown in the photographs included in this Caribbean travel guide book. Anguilla’s beaches are described in the chapter entitled “Beaches”, and general descriptions of the amenities at each beach are included. The chapter “Water Based Activities” describes all of the things available to do in and on the water in Anguilla, and there’s lots to choose from.Anguilla boasts some decent hiking opportunities from one end of the island to the other, with lots of rugged coastline to explore, particularly in the north. All of the land based activities, including hiking, are described in the chapter “Land Based Activities”, and there is a lot more to do than you would expect on such a small island.This Anguilla guide ebook includes a comprehensive and detailed guide to the island’s restaurants, and there are many to tempt your taste buds. With this Caribbean guidebook you can explore them all before you set foot on the island.This Anguilla travel guide book includes information about getting around the island. Anguilla is a very small island (just 35 square miles/90.5 square kilometers) with few roads, so it’s an easy place to navigate your way around without getting lost. If you are visiting from a bustling city, you will find the roads almost deserted by comparison.“roam around Anguilla” is part of the “roam around” series of Caribbean guidebooks for Kindle and Kindle apps. If you’d like to get a sneak peak into this Anguilla guide ebook, “roam around Anguilla”, scroll up to the top of this page and click on the “Look Inside” feature at the top left hand side of the page.

Anguilla: A Walking & Hiking Guide

Leonard Adkins

Thoughts of the Caribbean bring to mind images of lying on sun-drenched beaches with a gentle surf lapping at your feet or of dancing to the rhythms of a calypso band at a world-class resort. Yes, the islands of the Caribbean are this, but they are also so much more! Nowhere else is it possible to experience, in such a small area, so many different cultures and social conditions, such diverse vegetation, and such varied landscapes. Even the most casual walker can step out the door of a luxury hotel onto a palm-lined beach to search for conch shells and hermit crabs, pass through the center of a busy and historically-rich port town, then enter a cactus and boulder-strewn landscape. From there, you can walk among stalks of sugarcane, or up the slopes of a lush volcanic mountain to discover crashing waterfalls and thousands of tropical flowers. All of these delights can be experienced in less than an hour's walk from major towns and tourist spots. Just five miles north of St. Martin, Anguilla, like St. Barth, is ringed by beaches - over 30 of them. The island's main attraction is walking on the sparkling coral sand. For splendid, isolated walking on crescent-shaped, white sand beaches, Anguilla can't be beat.

Anguilla to Dominica: including Anguilla, St. Martin, St. Barts, Saba, Statia, St. Kitts, Nevis, Antigua, Barbuda, Montserrat, Redonda, Guadeloupe, ... Cruising Guide to the Eastern Caribbean)

Donald Street

Streets Guides are the result of his forty-four years of Caribbean experience his first guide to the Virgin Islands (1964) has been expanded over the years to cover the entire eastern Caribbean. These guides give the mariner all the information needed to safely cruise the area, not only piloting information but also interesting background information on people, places and history.

Exercise normal security precautions

The decision to travel is your responsibility. You are also responsible for your personal safety abroad. The purpose of this Travel Advice is to provide up-to-date information to enable you to make well-informed decisions.

Exercise common sense and normal security precautions as petty crime and drug-related crime do occur. Victims of robbery may suffer injuries if they resist. Avoid beaches and unpopulated areas after dark. Ensure that your personal belongings, passports and other travel documents are secure at all times.

Spiked food and drinks

Never leave food or drinks unattended or in the care of strangers. Be wary of accepting snacks, beverages, gum, or cigarettes from new acquaintances, as they may contain drugs that could put you at risk of sexual assault and robbery.

Road travel

Traffic drives on the left. Some roads may be inadequately paved and narrow.

Consult our Transportation Safety page in order to verify if national airlines meet safety standards.

Emergency services

Dial 911 to reach police, fire fighters or an ambulance.


Related Travel Health Notices
Consult a health care provider or visit a travel health clinic preferably six weeks before you travel.

Routine Vaccines

Be sure that your routine vaccines are up-to-date regardless of your travel destination.

Vaccines to Consider

You may be at risk for these vaccine-preventable diseases while travelling in this country. Talk to your travel health provider about which ones are right for you.

Hepatitis A

Hepatitis A is a disease of the liver spread by contaminated food or water. All those travelling to regions with a risk of hepatitis A infection should get vaccinated.

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is a disease of the liver spread through blood or other bodily fluids. Travellers who may be exposed (e.g., through sexual contact, medical treatment or occupational exposure) should get vaccinated.


Seasonal influenza occurs worldwide. The flu season usually runs from November to April in the northern hemisphere, between April and October in the southern hemisphere and year round in the tropics. Influenza (flu) is caused by a virus spread from person to person when they cough or sneeze or through personal contact with unwashed hands. Get the flu shot.


Measles occurs worldwide but is a common disease in developing countries, particularly in parts of Africa and Asia. Measles is a highly contagious disease. Be sure your vaccination against measles is up-to-date regardless of the travel destination.


Typhoid is a bacterial infection spread by contaminated food or water. Risk is higher among travellers going to rural areas, visiting friends and relatives, or with weakened immune systems. Travellers visiting regions with typhoid risk, especially those exposed to places with poor sanitation should consider getting vaccinated.

Yellow Fever Vaccination

Yellow fever is a disease caused by the bite of an infected mosquito.

Travellers get vaccinated either because it is required to enter a country or because it is recommended for their protection.

* It is important to note that country entry requirements may not reflect your risk of yellow fever at your destination. It is recommended that you contact the nearest diplomatic or consular office of the destination(s) you will be visiting to verify any additional entry requirements.
  • There is no risk of yellow fever in this country.
Country Entry Requirement*
  • Proof of yellow fever vaccination is required if you are coming from a country where yellow fever occurs.
  • Vaccination is not recommended.
  • Discuss travel plans, activities, and destinations with a health care provider.

Food and Water-borne Diseases

Travellers to any destination in the world can develop travellers' diarrhea from consuming contaminated water or food.

In some areas in the Caribbean, food and water can also carry diseases like cholera, hepatitis A, schistosomiasis and typhoid. Practise safe food and water precautions while travelling in the Caribbean. Remember: Boil it, cook it, peel it, or leave it!


Insects and Illness

In some areas in the Caribbean, certain insects carry and spread diseases like chikungunya, dengue fever, malaria and West Nile virus.

Travellers are advised to take precautions against bites.

Dengue fever
  • Dengue fever occurs in this country. Dengue fever is a viral disease that can cause severe flu-like symptoms. In some cases it leads to dengue haemorrhagic fever, which can be fatal.  
  • Mosquitoes carrying dengue bite during the daytime. They breed in standing water and are often found in urban areas.
  • Protect yourself from mosquito bites. There is no vaccine available for dengue fever.



There is no risk of malaria in this country.


Animals and Illness

Travellers are cautioned to avoid contact with animals, including dogs, monkeys, snakes, rodents, birds, and bats. Some infections found in some areas in the Caribbean, like rabies, can be shared between humans and animals.


Person-to-Person Infections

Crowded conditions can increase your risk of certain illnesses. Remember to wash your hands often and practice proper cough and sneeze etiquette to avoid colds, the flu and other illnesses.

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV are spread through blood and bodily fluids; practise safer sex.


HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is a virus that attacks and impairs the immune system, resulting in a chronic, progressive illness known as AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome). 

Practise safe sex while travelling, and don’t share needles, razors, or other objects which could transmit infection.

Remember that HIV can also be spread through the use of unsterile medical equipment during medical and dental procedures, tattooing, body piercing or acupuncture. Diseases can also be spread though blood transfusions and organ transplantation if the blood or organs are not screened for HIV or other blood-borne pathogens.

Medical services and facilities

Medical services and facilities

Medical care is adequate, but services may be limited. Medical evacuation to neighbouring islands or Miami is required for serious medical conditions.

Keep in Mind...

The decision to travel is the sole responsibility of the traveller. The traveller is also responsible for his or her own personal safety.

Be prepared. Do not expect medical services to be the same as in Canada. Pack a travel health kit, especially if you will be travelling away from major city centres.

You are subject to local laws. Consult our Arrest and Detention page for more information.

Canada and the United Kingdom are signatories to the European Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons. This enables a Canadian imprisoned in the United Kingdom to request a transfer to a Canadian prison to complete a sentence. The transfer requires the agreement of both Canadian and British authorities.

Illegal drugs

Penalties for possession, use or trafficking of illegal drugs are strict.

Driving laws

An International Driving Permit is not recognized. You must bring your Canadian driver’s licence in order to purchase an Anguillan driver's licence.


If planning to marry in Anguilla, ensure that you meet all requirements and have all necessary documents before leaving Canada. Most countries require a certificate stating that there are no Canadian impediments to your marriage.


The currency of Anguilla is the East Caribbean dollar (XCD).


If you are interested in purchasing property or making other investments in Anguilla, seek legal advice from appropriate professionals in Canada and in Anguilla before making commitments. Disputes arising from such activities could be prolonged and costly to resolve.


The hurricane season extends from June to the end of November. The National Hurricane Center provides additional information on weather conditions. Stay informed of regional weather forecasts, and follow the advice and instructions of local authorities.