Anguilla Island
A Well-Kept Secret in the Caribbean

Anguilla Island is a tiny friendly isle on the northeast corner of the Caribbean, next to St Martin and The Virgin Islands. It is surrounded by more than 30 white powdered sand beaches and crystal blue waters.

Anguilla, a British overseas territory, comprises a small main island and several offshore islets. Anguilla Capital is The Valley.

Please visit our page on Anguilla Beaches

Map of the Caribbean showing the location of Anguilla

Map of the Caribbean showing the location of Anguilla

Important Facts on Anguilla

  • Official Name Anguilla
  • Anguilla Capital The Valley
  • Location Northeast of the Caribbean Sea
  • Area 102 Sq. Km
  • Population 14,200
  • Country Code 264
  • Languages English
  • Money Eastern Caribbean Dollar (XCD)
  • Status Overseas British Territory.
  • Money Eastern Caribbean Dollar (XCD)
  • 1 USD = 2.70
  • 1 EUR = 3.17
  • 1 GBP = 3.63

Anguilla Island features more than thirty beaches

Anguilla Island features more than thirty beaches

Getting to Anguilla

By Air

To the local airport, Wallblake Airport. Smaller Islands from Puerto Rico, St Maarten and other Caribbean Airlines arrive to Anguilla.

There are no flights from North America or Europe. Passengers coming from those areas will have to connect in San Juan, Puerto Rico or St Maarten.

For the airlines flying to the neighbors of Puerto Rico, Antigua or St Maarten, visit their respective pages. Charters are also available from Blowing Point to St Maarten’s Queen Juliana Airport.

Anguilla Ferry from Marigot, St Martin

Anguilla Ferry from Marigot, St Martin

By sea

The ferry from neighboring Marigot, the capital of St Martin runs to Blowing Point in Anguilla on half hour intervals and takes 20 minutes of sailing

Entry requirements

Every passenger arriving to Anguilla needs a valid passport, a visa and return or onward ticket. Several countries like USA and Canada are visa exempted for a short stay.

Anguilla Island

Go Snorkeling or Scuba Diving on the waters of Anguilla

Go Snorkeling or Scuba Diving on the waters of Anguilla

Getting around Anguilla

It is easy to get around Anguilla. Traffic is slow and as in any British territory you drive on the left side of the road.

Car Rentals

Several international car rental agencies, including Avis and Thrifty, are present on the island. Many local companies offer better rates and are very reliable. You’ll find gas stations at The Valley, West End, Blowing Point and a few more towns


There is no real Public Bus service in Anguilla, but smaller buses or minivans can be rented for small group of families visiting the island.


They are government regulated and is a great way to visit Anguilla on your own. Grab a Cab and GO...

Horseback riding on the white sands of Anguilla

Horseback riding on the white sands of Anguilla

Anguilla Sports

Most of the sports for locals and visitors alike are related to the white sand beaches and the clear blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea they are among others:

  • Snorkeling
  • Scuba Diving
  • Swimming
  • Sailing
  • Parasailing

And some inland sports like:

  • Hiking
  • Walking
  • Horse Racing
  • Horse Riding
  • Marathon

Shoal Beach the most beautiful beach in Anguilla

Shoal Beach the most beautiful beach in Anguilla

Weather in Anguilla

It is a dry climate and you cannot expect too much rain, maybe some tropical showers. The rain starts and stops.

Due to constant breezes it is never too hot, reaching temperatures in the high 80’s and cooler in the evenings.

During the period from December to April, when frigid temperatures fall over the northern countries of North America and Europe, travelers find refuge in Anguilla due to its mild weather.

This is actually high season for tourism.

April is the month when weather in Anguilla Beaches starts to change towards warmer summer temperatures. This island is a year-round destination.

Anguilla Island is known for its fine restaurants and cuisine

Anguilla Island is known for its fine restaurants and cuisine


Anguilla is called by many the Capital of the Caribbean Cuisine, challenged only by neighboring Marigot.

We have dined at Grand Case in Marigot or the Malliouhana Hotel and Spa in Anguilla and attest to their excellent quality.

You’ll find the finest restaurants mainly in the very luxurious resorts. World renowned chefs come to Anguilla to show their expertise to very discriminating gourmet travelers.

In Anguilla you’ll be delighted by the real Caribbean Cuisine as well as British and French Cuisines.

Dress Code

Anguilla is a traditional country with profound old British traditions. Therefore, dress accordingly. Besides on the beaches in other public places, topless for men or bikinis for women are not acceptable.

Nude bathing is prohibited.

Anguilla Island Museums and Tours

Anguilla Island Museums and Tours

Anguilla National Trust and Heritage Tour

This is a guided tour starting in The Valley. The purpose is to explain Anguilla’s Heritage, culture and also fauna and flora.

Heritage Tours and Museums

It contains many of the Anguilla Island documents, Arawaks artifacts dating from Pre Columbus times until today.

The Manse Building

Built in the early 1900’s it was occupied by the Methodist Church for many years. Today, as a totally remodeled building it hosts an art gallery and several other businesses.

Aerial view of The valley the Capital of Anguilla Island

Aerial view of The valley the Capital of Anguilla Island

The Old Valley Tour

It is the home of many very old buildings including the oldest Methodist church in Anguilla. Miss Marjorie’s House Rose Cottage and many more examples of grandiose architecture.

Old Salt Factory and Pump house

Reminding visitors how salt was once a very important local industry. Visit the Old Pump houses located at Sandy Ground

In a few words I can say that Anguilla Island is a paradise on earth. I remember when we had the travel agency in San Juan we were the first to send our Top Clients to enjoy Anguilla They all came back impressed and asking for more.

Anguilla Flag Description

Anguilla Flag Description

Blue, with the flag of the UK in the upper hoist-side quadrant and the Anguillan coat of arms centered in the outer half of the flag; the coat of arms depicts three orange dolphins in an interlocking circular design on a white background with blue wavy water below

Map of Anguilla Island

Map of Anguilla Island

For more information visit Anguilla Tourism Official Website

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