Anguilla: secluded coves & long beaches

Anguilla is one of the remnants of the British Empire, which gives the archipelago a unique feel. The most northerly of the Leeward Islands, its name comes from the island’s shape: Anguilla, meaning eel in Spanish or Italian. The island of Anguilla also has a number of smaller islets and cays of captivating beauty with no permanent population, which are readily accessible by yacht and make for ideal day trips. Anguillita, Dog Island, Prickly Pear Cays, Sandy Island and Scrub Island offer calm and serenity on one of many secluded beaches. Scrub Island, lying off the eastern tip of the main island, has been identified as an Important Bird Area by BirdLife International due to the abundance of rare seabirds that nest here.

Home to spectacular and ecologically important coral reefs, this is prime territory for scuba diving and snorkeling. The beaches of Anguilla are staggering, particularly Cap Juluca on Maundays Bay with its pristine icing-sugar sands. Abundant seafood is on the menu, and from the shore-side restaurants, watch sailing regattas such as Carnival, which sees locally built boats race to the finish.


When to go:

the whole year round

High season:

October – March

Highlights

1

Dive from the cliffs at Little Bay, only accessible by boat

2

Drop into Devonish Art Gallery to buy a painting or sculpture by resident artist, Courtney

3

Hit the beach without the crowds at Shoal Bay

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