Anguilla is an island of white washed villas, pristine beaches and turquoise waters where pelicans play amongst paint-box coloured fishing boats and secluded coves call out for Champagne picnics. Hidden away at the northern tip of the Leeward Islands, Anguilla is a mix of celebrity and traveller, of world class spa and haute cuisine, and of barefoot beach and mellow island life.
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The island's beaches are consistently named as some of the best in the world. Each uncrowded, immaculate stretch of sand is public and resorts are open in the day to all, so you might be sharing your potent Pyrat rum or grilled crayfish with an A-list holidaymaker or two. Chartered yachts will take you to uninhabited offshore islands such as the Prickly Pear Cays, where you can swim in clear waters and float across to pure white sands for a day amongst sugar birds and basking lizards. Back on the mainland, windsurfing, kiteboarding, deep sea fishing, glass bottom boats, catamarans and scuba diving are all on offer. Anguilla is home to seven marine parks with wall and ledge dives plus nine shipwrecks, and the night dives at Little Bay and The Steps at Little Scrub are not to be missed.
It’s a tiny island and beautifully flat, with just one main road, meaning you can cycle to blissful beaches, charming villages and The Old Valley to admire the historical architecture of Ebenezer’s Methodist Church, Miss Marjorie’s House and Rose Cottage. Dining can be informal or artfully stunning: for casual, try shrimp and snapper at Gwen’s Reggae Grill or the fusion menus at Mango's Seaside Grill, and for luxury resort dining, our favourites include Cap Juluca's Pimms and CuisinArt's Le Bistro at Santorini. Warm, inviting and ever so chic, unspoiled Anguilla's sublime waters and white beaches make for an island break that visitors will want to keep as their swanky little secret.
Pick up a copy of the Anguilla Heritage Trail map, hire a jeep and take yourself around the island. This self-guided tour stops at Anguilla’s most important historical sites, including the National Heritage Museum, the old Court House and an 18th Century plantation house.
Get on your bike
For a more active day out, pack up a picnic, rent a bike and head off to explore some of the 33 beaches that Anguilla has to offer. Visit Savannah Bay on the east end, one of the best snorkelling beaches on the island, and, if you don’t fancy a picnic, stop in at Nat’s Place at Palm Grove for delicious fresh lobster and crayfish.
Play Robinson Crusoe
If the endless beaches on Anguilla itself aren’t enough, hop on a boat to one of the nearby uninhabited islands such as Sandy Island, Scilly Cay, Prickly Pear Cay or Dog Island. You’ll find numerous day cruises on offer, but for a real Robinson Crusoe experience, take a private boat trip and have a whole island to yourself.
Head to the village of Sandy Ground and enjoy Sunday brunch and live Jazz at Johnno’s. This great little bar is right on the beach and serves excellent lunches in a fun, friendly environment.
Festival del Mar
Every Easter, all roads lead to Island Harbour, a small village on the eastern tip of Anguilla where everyone comes together to celebrate the island's seafaring heritage. Enjoy an array of yacht races and sample the freshly caught seafood at a festival that showcases the best of Anguilla's culture, history and cuisine.
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The most convenient route is via Antigua with a connecting LIAT flight to Anguilla. The connecting flight time is approximately 40 minutes. Anguilla can also be accessed via a fast ferry service from St Martin.
Note: All our inclusive holiday prices are based on British Airways World Traveller or Virgin Atlantic Economy flights to Antigua with onward LIAT scheduled flight connections.
English is widely spoken.
4 hours behind GMT and 5 hours behind BST.
Eastern Caribbean dollar. Major credit cards, US dollars and US dollar travellers cheques are also accepted on the island.
A full British passport is required and it should be valid for 6 months after the return date of your holiday. Visas are not required for British citizens. No special health documentation is necessary for residents of the UK who have not recently visited parts of the world where cholera or yellow fever is a problem.
It is illegal to wear any camouflage clothing anywhere on the island. Any camouflage clothing found by customs will be confiscated and returned on departure.