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Travelers come to Anguilla for the beauty of nature and the peaceful atmosphere, for its 33 beautiful beaches, art galleries and many other historical and cultural attractions.

For a holiday by the sea, the beaches are so many to choose from: Rendezvous Bay, Cove Bay and Mead’s Bay beckon with long curved sandy beaches. Among the smaller beaches include Limestone Bay, known for its snorkeling, and Little Bay, reached only by boat; are more remote Captain’s Bay and Junk’s Hole Bay. Shoal Bay East is undoubtedly the most popular beach of the island, while Scrub Island, Prickly Pear and Dog Island are perfect destinations for snorkeling.

The activities that can be carried out on land include horseback riding, cycling, bird watching (there are 136 species of birds), and sampling spirits at the Pyrat Rum Distillery. Do not miss a visit to Arawak petroglyphs “spirit eyes” in the caves of Big Springs Heritage Site, and the Heritage Collection Museum contains tools dating back to 1000 years ago. Art lovers will enjoy a tour of Anguilla’s 16 galleries, which feature a mix of local and Caribbean wooden sculptures, hand-blown glass and fine arts.

At MoonSplash Music Festival, held in March, Bankie Banx serves up three days of music, food and fun. In May, a three-day regatta which sees a succession of seven yacht races. Carnival in August is beloved for parades, calypso competitions and races on traditional wooden boats. The Tranquility Jazz Festival in November brings regional and international musicians on the island.

AIRPORTS / FLYING TIMES: Airport: Wallblake Airport is located 5 minutes drive from The Valley, the capital.
Flying: Antigua: 35 minutes. Puerto Rico: 1 hour. Saint Kitts: 30 minutes. Sint Maarten: 6 minutes. St. Thomas: 30 minutes.

There are direct flights from Wallblake Airport (AXA). British Airways and Virgin operate flights from Gatwick to Antigua, from there LIAT connects to Anguilla. American Airlines fly from Heathrow via the United States to San Juan, and connect to Anguilla with LIAT. KLM and Air France from Paris to Amsterdam fly to Saint-Martin connected on several local carriers.

CLIMATE: Average temperature in winter / summer: 27 degrees C.

RESTAURANTS: known as the “capital of the Caribbean cuisine,” the gastronomic landscape of Anguilla offers discerning travelers a wide variety of restaurants with more than 70 rooms, the elegant and intimate gourmet restaurant by the sea to casual chic bistro on the beach until the economic takeaways along the way. Gratuities are at the discretion of the restaurant, between 10 and 15%, given that the 15% service charge is added to each bill.

LANGUAGE: English.

NIGHTLIFE: Most hotels offer nightly entertainment during the season and there are many excellent local groups who often play live in such venues as Johnno’s, The Pumphouse, Well Road Café and Ripples in Sandy Ground; Rafe’s and Red Dragon Dance Club in South Hill and Dune Preserve in Rendezvous Bay.

SIGHTSEEING:
– Explore caves and grottoes,
– Wallblake House, a farmhouse of the XVII century, is the oldest on the island
– Lobster village (village of lobsters) in Harbor Island.
– Saline Sandy Ground. A tour of the island for 1 or 2 persons is US $ 50.00. Each person pays $ 10.00.
– Dolphin Discovery – a pool where one can swim with the dolphins.
– Big Spring – an ancient cave with Amerindian petroglyphs carved into the rock walls.
– The Warden’s place is the second oldest home in Anguilla, dating from the eighteenth century. Museum Heritage Collection.




September 2, 2014
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