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.
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.