It is one of the most northerly of the Leeward Islands in the Lesser Antilles, lying east of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands and directly north of Saint Martin. The territory consists of the main island of Anguilla, approximately 16 miles (26 km) long by 3 miles (4.8 km) wide at its widest point, together with a number of much smaller islands and cays with no permanent population. The territory’s capital is The Valley. The total land area of the territory is 35 square miles (91 km2), with a population of approximately 17,400 (July 2018 est.).
The name Anguilla is from the Italian anguilla meaning “eel” (in turn from the Latin anguilla, diminutive of anguis, snake) in reference to the island’s shape. It is believed by most sources to have been named by Christopher Columbus. For similar reasons, it was also known as Snake or Snake Island.
Anguilla beaches – While they have silky white sand, their personalities are different. Discover heart-stopping lovely arcs like Mead’s Bay, or secluded coves like Little Bay, reachable only by boat.
Spas – Experience the superb Thai House Spa at Zemi Beach House, the world-class Venus Spa at CuisinArt and the Spa at Four Seasons Anguilla.
Fine Dining – Anguilla high-end dining establishments, from iconic to upstart, are on the radar of dining enthusiasts.
Boating – Day boats or leisurely sailing charters are readily available. Climb aboard to experience offshore cays or secluded beaches — with a picnic lunch or a sunset cocktail in the offing.
Events and Festivals
Nature – Embrace nature and enjoy a treasure trove of activities while hiking, horseback riding, cycling or driving. Lose yourself.
Golf – The Greg Norman-design championship course at the CuisinArt Golf Resort and Spa, is open to the public.
Island Tours – Natural beauty, evidence of the island’s history, and cultural landmarks, there are points of interest from one end of the island to the other.
Nightlife – Sandy Ground is the zone for dance-and-drink fun. There’s soca and jazz at Johnno’s, and a mellow vibe at personality-rich Elvis’ Beach Bar. SandBar elevates the tone with tapas and martinis, while Lisa’s Conch Shack is the latest addition to the strip. And that’s only a taste of all you’ll discover at Sandy Ground.
Clayton J. Lloyd Airport is situated on the immediate outskirts of The Valley, the island’s main administrative and commercial centre. The runway is 5,440 feet and can accommodate small to medium size aircraft including most corporate jets.
All persons traveling to and from Anguilla must clear Customs & Immigration at either the Blowing Point Ferry Terminal or at Clayton J. Lloyd International Airport. Persons traveling by private boat must contact and clear Customs & Immigration at Sandy Ground.
A departure tax of US$20 is charged at the airport; US$23 at the ferry port on the French side; US$28 at the ferry port on the Dutch side
All manner of watersports – diving and snorkeling; sport fishing; sailing; windsurfing, kitesurfing, paddle boards and kayaking.A variety of land sports – bird watching; golf, tennis, horse riding, cave treks, art gallery hopping and sightseeing historical sites and natural attractions
There are 33 pristine beaches.
With more than 100 fine dining and local restaurants, Anguilla is an epicurean’s delight. Caribbean flavors have been fused with international cuisines to create a wide range of dishes. Seafood features heavily on Anguillan menus, with local crayfish and whole lobster or grilled snapper, swordfish and mahi mahi among the specialties.
While the Eastern Caribbean Dollar is the ofﬁcial currency of Anguilla, the US dollar is widely accepted across the island. The exchange rate is US$1.00 = EC$2.68..
Casual, but in good taste (short shorts, bikinis, bra-type tops and toplessness in both men and women are undesirable in public places; nude and topless swimming and/or sunbathing are not permitted). All beaches are public.
Driving is on the left-hand side of the road, and a valid driver’s license and a temporary Anguillian driver’s license are required.
110 Volts AC, same as the United States
Rainy season is usually September through October.