Caribbean Island Showcase: Anguilla

Anguilla courtesy of VAX Vacation Access

Anguilla is one of the premier vacation spots in the Caribbean. The small 35 square mile island of Anguilla is one that many of my travelers haven’t been to, yet it’s a great little island to visit! Keep reading to find out more about Anguilla!

With amazing marine life, great sea breezes, boating, swimming, and SO much more, you’ll love Anguilla! Anguilla offers travelers lots of chances to enjoy its stunning beauty. Featuring 33 white-sand beaches that are free as well as open to the public, Shoal Beach is one of Anguilla’s best-known beaches, with lively beach bars, turquoise water & lots to do! There’s tons of opportunities also to snorkel, scuba dive, sail & even windsurf. To catch a stunning sunset, go to Anguilla’s highest point, Crocus Hill, which is 213 feet above sea level.

Cap Juluca, A Belmond Hotel, Anguilla courtesy of VAX Vacation Access


The average temperature in Anguilla is 80 degrees and northeastern trade winds keep the island cool and dry. September and October tend to be rainier than other months while February and March are generally drier.

Aurora Anguilla Resort & Golf Club courtesy VAX Vacation Access

Boat Racing

Boat racing is very popular in Anguilla. Actually, it is Anguilla’s national sport & as such, it hosts many regattas in the spring & summer which comes to a dramatic end in late August with the “Champion of Champion” race. After races, there are usually parties featuring barbecues, music & dancing, making attending a boat race a must-do for anyone traveling to Anguilla to experience this exciting island tradition.

Malliouhana, Auberge Resorts Collection courtesy of VAX Vacation Access

Night Life

Those seeking nightlife should head to Sandy Ground, which is known as the entertainment capital of this little delightful island. During the day it’s a quiet little town but becomes vibrant at night with beach bars & eateries that fill with music and dancing.

My Sandy Island

Courtesy of My Sandy Island

Yes, there’s a place named after me! Just kidding, but in Anguilla, there’s a lovely little beach bar in the middle of the ocean on a sandbar island. They’ve got a restaurant, amazing views, fresh seafood, fresh fruit, great wine, and food. Learn all about this location by clicking here.

Beach Bar Leon’s at Meads Bay at Malliouhana

Leon’s at Meads Bay at Malliouhana, Anguilla is a great sunshiny place to enjoy sunny lemonade, made with pineapple juice, lemonade, and coconut rum!

Zemi Beach House, LXR Hotels & Resorts courtesy of VAX Vacation Access

Quick Anguilla Facts:

  • Airports: 1 – Clayton J. Lloyd International Airport, located in The Valley, Airport Code AXA
  • Capital: The Valley
  • Climate: Year-round temperatures range from 80-86° F
  • Description: Anguilla is a British overseas territory in the Eastern Caribbean, part of the British West Indies. It is a small but rapidly developing island with particularly well-developed tourist facilities.
  • Interesting Fact: Anguilla means eel in Spanish.
  • Location: The Caribbean, islands between the Caribbean Sea and North Atlantic Ocean, east of Puerto Rico
  • Medical Facilities and Health Information: There is one hospital, Princess Alexandra Hospital (telephone: 264-497-2551), and a handful of clinics in Anguilla, so medical facilities are limited. Serious problems requiring extensive care or major surgery will require evacuation to the United States, often at considerable expense. It is strongly recommended that you obtain international travel insurance before undertaking any overseas travel.
  • Official Currency: Eastern Caribbean dollar – but American dollars are widely accepted
  • Official Language: English
  • Time Difference: UTC-4 (1 hour ahead of Washington, DC, during Standard Time)
  • Travel Requirements: US Travelers will need a valid passport needed for entry as well as return tickets. Check the latest entry requirements here.
  • Traffic Safety and Road Conditions: While in Anguilla, you may encounter road conditions that differ significantly from those in the United States. The information below is provided for general reference only. Unlike the U.S., traffic in Anguilla moves on the left. The few roads on the island are generally poorly paved and narrow. Because of the narrow roads and lack of pullover shoulders, drivers should be alert to vehicles stopping suddenly on the roadway. While traffic generally moves at a slow pace, with the increasing number of young drivers in Anguilla, there are occasional severe accidents caused by excessive speed. Although emergency services, including tow truck service, are limited and inconsistent, local residents are often willing to provide roadside assistance. For police, fire, or ambulance services dial 911. Visit the Government of Anguilla website for further road safety information.

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Free Bucht auf Anguilla in der Karibik Stock Photo
Anguilla, Courtesy of Juergen Striewski

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