Savvy Travel Adventures from My Lens

Destination Spotlight: Decoding the Secret of Anguilla

Where is Anguilla:        Caribbean, Latitude 28 degrees, Longitude 63 degrees

What Anguilla Is:           Chic, Hot, Very Private, Ultra Exclusive, Paradise

What Anguilla is Not:  No duty-free shopping, no chain hotels, no casinos, no cruise ships, no fast food chains

Size:                                       16 miles long, 3 miles wide (tiny)

Beaches:                              33  totally fabulous beaches

How to Get There:

Option 1:  Fly to St. Maarten (SXM).  Nonstops from Atlanta, New York, Newark and Miami (American Airlines, Continental, Delta, Jetblue, and United).   Take a 12 minute public ferry from Marigot or private charter boats from Princess Juliana Airport.

Option 2:  Fly directly to Anguilla (AXA)  Clayton J. Lloyd International Airport via Cape Air, Liat, or private jet.  Limited flights via San Juan and St. Thomas.

High Season:                  December 15 thru Mid-April.

Hotels:                               Viceroy Anguilla, Cuisinart, and Cap Juluca are top luxury resorts.  Lots of private villa options.

Golf Course:                    Cuisinart Golf Resort and Spa

Nightlife:   Elvis Beach Bar, Pumphouse, Johnno’s are all top spots  for dancing and reggae bands on Friday and Saturday nights.

What I enjoyed most about Anguilla:  

Beaches (Rendevous Bay is my personal favorite)

Sunsets (Mead’s Bay is spectacular)

Food (Fantastic roadside BBQ, Delicious Seafood, and french bakeries)

Spas (Viceroy Anguilla is my favorite)

Music – Sunday afternoons at Gwen’s Reggae Grill with the Scratch Band on Shoal Bay East

Helpful Tips:

  1. Rental car is a must (taxis are outrageously expensive)
  2. Driving is on the left
  3. Roaming with US cellphones is expensive, texting and internet are more affordable options to stay in touch.
  4. Anguilla has a 20% government tax on hotel and restaurant charges
  5. Anguilla has an additional 15% service charge added to restaurant bills, service charge = gratuity
  6. Carry sufficient cash to cover ferry rides ($15 per person each way) , departure taxes ($20 per person), and gratuities
  7. Be prepared with all over the counter medications, sunscreen, and toiletries you may need, these items tend to be very pricey
  8. Water is a very precious commodity on Anguilla, you are encouraged to limit showers and water usage

The secret to Anguilla:       Hidden paradise….ultimate place to relax and rejuvenate.

 


2 responses

  1. Totally love your blog, makes me just want to be there and never leave. Thank you.

    July 6, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    • Thank you so much for the kind words….Anguilla is just a flight away, just GO!

      July 6, 2012 at 11:06 AM

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